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Red in the Rainbow, an Exhibition based on Lynn Carneson’s Biography, Returns to Cape Town

Red in the Rainbow: The Life and Times of Fred and Sarah CarnesonThe exhibition Red in the Rainbow is returning to Cape Town, where it was first launched in 2012.

The exhibition is about the life of Lynn Carneson and her anti-apartheid activist parents, and uses Red in the Rainbow: The Life and Times of Fred and Sarah Carneson as its source.

The exhibition will be opened by Honourable Judge Albie Sachs on Saturday, 25 July, at 10 AM. It is at the Iziko Slave Lodge and will run until the end of August next year.

Carneson says this about the exhibition: “Freedom from injustice has now become freedom to create the kind of South Africa we want. The triumph of the human spirit through years of adversity is still relevant today, and history can be a meaningful way to help us create and realise our dreams”.

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Red in the Rainbow returns to Cape Town Iziko Slave Lodge, 25 July 2015 until 31 August 2016.

Red in the Rainbow is an exhibition, based on the true-life story of renowned South African author Lynn Carneson, daughter of Fred and Sarah Carneson, key anti-apartheid activists and fiercely committed members of the Communist Party who played an integral role in the struggle for freedom in South Africa from the 1930s. Lynn Carneson’s book Red in the Rainbow – a candid narrative about the impact of this political affiliation on her life provides the source material for this exhibition. It is a story of political persecution and torture, prolonged separation and enduring love that vividly recounts life in exile and their long awaited return to South Africa in 1991.

Red in the Rainbow not only invokes Fred and Sarah’s lifelong political struggles and triumphs in gripping detail, but also tells a poignant human story of endurance, breakdown, courage and a marriage surviving against all odds. The exhibition contains original material collected over time. Items such as photographs, official prison and repressive state documents, as well family and prison letters will be on display.

Red in the Rainbow is a struggle exhibition, but it is not about the past. It is about our future,’ says exhibition curator, Lynn Carneson. “Freedom from injustice has now become freedom to create the kind of South Africa we want. The triumph of the human spirit through years of adversity is still relevant today, and history can be a meaningful way to help us create and realise our dreams.”

Red in the Rainbow launched in 2012 at the Nelson Mandela Gateway Museum and subsequently toured to Pietermaritzburg and Grahamstown. In July it will return to its hometown in a revised format, due to popular demand. It will be opened on Saturday, 25 July 2015 by the Honourable Judge Albie Sachs, and will run until August 2016 at the Iziko Slave Lodge.

Local and International visitors to the exhibition have noted how vital it is to understand what living under a repressive regime really means. “The language of hatred and resentment we hear so often, even today, only breeds discontent and suffering. Our humanity is more than that. We can live in peace and prosperity, but we have to take responsibility for building the life we want. If this exhibition helps people to understand and feel this, it has been worth the effort,” says Carneson.

The Iziko Slave Lodge is open Monday to Saturday from 10h00 until 17h00.

For enquiries, contact Paul Tichmann on Tel. 021 467 7215 or e-mail For media queries, contact Communications Coordinator, Melissa Scheepers on 021 481 3874 or email


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Steve Hofmeyr in sy noppies met verhoogverwerking van Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis

Vier briewe vir Jan EllisKapabelSteve Hofmeyr het dit laat blyk dat hy baie in sy skik is met die verhoogvertolking van sy novelle Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis wat onlangs by die Suidoosterfees gedebuteer het. Die teks is deur Lizz Meiring vir die verhoog verwerk.

“Soos vir die meeste Suid-Afrikaners kom Diasville se droomkind, Jan Ellis, ook ­later agter dat dit ’n leuen was: Nie alle drome word waar nie. Nie alles sal ­reg­kom nie. Hoe gemaak met dié lot, as die noodlot roep?”


e-Boek opsies – Laai nou af!

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Random House Struik bied Afrikaanse e-boeke vir Kindle aan

DwarsVier briewe vir Jan EllisMense van my asemEmma en Nella'n Ander ek

Random House Struik is die eerste hoofstroomuitgewer wat Afrikaanse e-boeke vir die Kindle, Amazon se e-leestoestel, aanbied. Hierdie e-boeke, wat wêreldwyd in Amazon se Kindle-winkels gevind kan word, sluit onder meer in Dwars deur Max du Preez, Steve Hofmeyr se Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis en Mense van my asem en EKM Dido se Emma en Nella en ‘n Ander ek.

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Random House Struik to make Afrikaans e-books available via Amazon Kindle

Random House Struik has become the first mainstream publisher to release Afrikaans e-books on Kindle, Amazon’s revolutionary wireless reading device that lets you download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution Pearl E Ink display that is easy to read in bright sunlight without glare. The initial selection, published by imprints Umuzi and Zebra Press, includes popular titles such as Dwars: Mymeringe van ‘n gebleikte Afrikaan by Max du Preez, Steve Hofmeyr’s Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis and Mense van my asem, as well as Emma en Nella and ‘n Ander ek by EKM Dido. These e-books can be found through worldwide Amazon Kindle Stores.

“We have seen a healthy appetite for our e-books both in South Africa and internationally and are very excited to be able to make both our English and Afrikaans authors’ titles available with major international, e-book retailers such as Amazon,” said Digital Director Mark Seabrook.
“We are delighted to launch this initial range of Afrikaans titles in e-book format and thereby provide our Afrikaans authors with an international platform,” Seabrook added.

Random House Struik (Pty) Ltd is South Africa’s leading publishing house and offers readers the best of both local and international titles.
It promotes books written in both English and Afrikaans through its many diverse and highly respected imprints, which include the Struik Lifestyle, Struik Nature, Struik Travel & Heritage, Zebra Press, Umuzi and Fernwood Press imprints.


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Defending the Caveman Launch Pics

Defending the CavemanTim Plewman’s Defending the Caveman – published by brother imprint Two Dogs – was launched at Byzance restaurant in Lonehill, Johannesburg recently, where Plewman inspired everyone to discover their inner cavemen (or women!).

We reeled off a few snaps whenever the author put his club down (which you can see wasn’t terribly often):

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Book Launch: Defending the Caveman by Tim Plewman

Defending the CavemanDefending the Caveman Launch InviteHere’s one from our sister – or perhaps that should be brother – imprint, Two Dogs.

The book form of Defending The Caveman follows the record-breaking success of the one-man play in South Africa and around the world.

Tim Plewman, SA’s original stage caveman, has transposed the play – which he has staged more than 1500 times – recreating it for readers and capturing the wit and insight of the original script as he gets to grips with the fundamental differences that separate men and women.

More than a simple re-telling of the play, Plewman adds the knowledge that nine years of staging it has brought him, as well as the more memorable moments that occurred along the way.


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