Comment by Denis Becket, well-known South African journalist and TV personality: “Pixie this is a super book and I hope it goes great places. As a life and times of the mining world – from the cook to the boss to the cage to the canteen to the wage issues to the hostel issues to the telling gaps between public statement and private view – you all the way come across to this outside eye as conveying a sense of authenticity highly readably. I can’t say where a mining person might argue your interpretations, but I can say that one non-mining person feels way better informed about mines and miners than previously.”
An interesting new venture has opened at Scarab Craft Market in Sedgefield, in the southern Cape of South Africa. It is The Book Room, situated upstairs in Scarab, where local authors display and sell their books, and more importantly, where anyone can go along and meet them, talk about books and get all their questions about writing and publishing answered.
Pixie Emslie, author of the novel, ‘Cry of the Rocks’ was on hand for the opening day on Saturday.
Pixie, who lives in Rondevlei, said: ”The Book Room will be a place where we can chat and share ideas about books and writing. I am hoping that we will attract more local authors and in time, we will have writers talking about their books, poets giving readings, and we will even present short writing courses. I am hoping that it will become a central venue for lots of literary, and not-so-literary events, attracting both young and old who enjoy reading and are perhaps trying their hand at writing too.”