Xhosa Lite, with Tessa Dowling & Jeremy Blackburn – 18 June 2019


If your New Year’s resolution in 1997 was to learn Xhosa but you still haven’t got round to it because you live in Kalk Bay and most of your time is taken up dodging sea urchins in a tidal pool, buying pastries at the Olympia or hiding from the tourists in Kalk Bay books, this is the show for you.

In Xhosa Lite, veteran UCT Xhosa lecturer and former Kalk Bay local Tessa Dowling, teams up with theatre supremo Jeremy Blackburn to teach you some basic Xhosa while you laugh. A highlight of the show will be the classic and hilarious piece, Muizenberg Bridge, penned by Tessa’s sister, the internationally recognized and award-winning poet and novelist, Finuala Dowling.

In a presentation finely balanced between the didactic and the comedic, you’ll come away with a few simple Xhosa phrases – not the usual ones! – that will help you moan about life in Cape Town, with more panache.

Tickets are R60.
DETAILS: Kalk Bay Books, Tuesday 18 June at 18:00 for 18:30
Booking is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL as seats are limited and this event will sell out fast. We are now fully booked, sorry!

Please email or call 021 788 2266 for your ticket.

Vuvuzela Dawn by Luke Alfred & Ian Hawkey – 11 June 2019

We launch Vuvuzela Dawn by Luke Alfred and Ian Hawkey, published by Pan Macmillan

‘A fresh spotlight on an exhilarating journey, and some much-needed reminders of how sport has enriched lives and opened minds in South Africa over the last 25 years.’ – Lucas Radebe

DETAILS: Kalk Bay Books, Tuesday 11 June at 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP: please email or call us on 0217882266

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Rebecca Solnit – excerpt from ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’

solnit coverThe world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colourless, shallow water appears to be the colour of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water, the deeper the blue.

The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the colour blue.

For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that colour of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The colour of that distance is the colour of an emotion, the colour of solitude and of desire, the colour of there seen from here, the colour of where you are not. And the colour of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.

Madame Curie – a life-changing biography – 14 May 2019

We are honoured to welcome Professor Anwar Mall as he talks about Marie Curie. Please join us in learning more about this indomitable and persevering spirit.

DETAILS: Tuesday 14 May at 18:00 for 18:30 at Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please email or call us on 021 788 2266.

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