Self-publishing facilitator Write-On Publishing of St Francis Bay, has recently recorded yet another important milestone - 60 books produced under the dual imprints, Write-On Publishing and SA Catholic Online Books, since very humble beginings in 2013.
The first book produced by SA Catholic Online in 2013 was what we would today call a “chapbook”. It was a small, 60-page collection of short stories called “Via Dolorosa”, written by then St Francis Bay poet and author, June Ann Jansen. The stories were fictional accounts by “eye-witnesses” of the events around the Passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
“Via Dolorosa” was followed in 2013/14 by a seven-book series by Johannesburg Catholic lay theologian Michael Mahony called the “One of Us” collection. This series of books represented an incredible editing and typographical challenge and learning curve to fledgling editor and Adobe Indesign typographer, Frank Nunan - interlinear Greek and English text, Hebrew text, complicated tables and graphics, endnotes, and much more! These books were all produced within a two-year period.
The initial focus was on Catholic books, and there followed a string of books by priests, a deacon and lay Catholics, crowned by the production of a book for Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI “Pastoral Letters on Mary and Matters Ancestral”. An article in the Catholic weekly newspaper called us “The Priest’s Publisher”!
SA Catholic Online Books and Write-On Publishing are pleased to announce a 100% increase in their human resources – from one person (me) to two!
I welcome Alison Bosman to this extremely small family as a proofreader and associate editor.
Alison has a BSc (Hons) degree in zoology and botany from UCT; a PhD in zoology, also from UCT; a BA degree in English and psychology from UNISA; and an Honours Degree in psychology, also from UNISA
She has completed two proofreading/copy-editing courses; the first through the Regent Academy in London, and the second through the South African Writers’ College.
She has spent the past 20 years as a high school teacher in Namibia, South Africa and, most recently, France. She taught at Woodridge College near Thornhill, between Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth, for 12 of those years.
She is also the author or co-author on 25 scientific research papers, published in a variety of scientific journals, both locally and overseas.
As you can see, Alison is more than qualified for the job, and is sure to prove a very valuable addition to the team. Her academic qualifications and experience will enable us to expand our services into the academic field, with thesis editing and the publication of academic papers.
The Executive Mayor of the Kouga Municipality, Clr Horatio Hendricks, has graciously agreed to speak at the long-postponed launch of the two books “Impressions of St Francis” and “Impressions of Jeffreys Bay”, to be held at the Seashells Holiday Apartments & Conference Centre in Jeffreys Bay on June 6th at 4.30 pm.
“The Keynote speaker will be Kouga’s own inimitable historian, raconteur and author, Bartle Logie, and we would like to invite residents of the two towns to have a glass of wine with us after the speeches,” said Write-On’s Frank Nunan.
The two books take you on a “Photographic Journey” through St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis, and Jeffreys Bay, and consist to a large extent of pictures taken by residents of and visitors to our beautiful Kouga towns. They are the brainchild of Write-On Publishing’s Frank Nunan and were inspired by a similar book created by author and former ambassador Mzuvukile Maqetuka about his hometown of Graaf Reinett. Ambassador Maqetuka is now a resident of Jeffreys Bay.
Mayor Hendricks expressed his enthusiastic support for the project, and congratulated Write-On Publishing for its initiative in promoting the delights and beauty of the Kouga region.
The official proceedings at the launch will be followed by a Cheese and Wine reception. All welcome!
The Executive Mayor of the Kouga Municipality, Clr Horatio Hendricks, has commended Write-On publishing’s Frank Nunan on the publication of the two books “Impressions of Jeffreys Bay” and “Impressions of St Francis”.
Speaking at the launch of the two books in Jeffreys Bay last week, Clr Hendricks said the two books play an important role in the promotion of the Kouga Municipality and urged Write-on Publishing to consider looking at other areas in the Kouga such as Humansdorp and the Gamtoos Valley for future projects. He said the municipality fully supported initiatives such as these and was willing to work with any stakeholders who undertook to promote the Kouga region.
Clr Hendricks was presented with copies of the two books, as well as copies of other books produced by Write-On publishing which dealt with the Kouga. These included “A Taste of St Francis”, “The Sea Shells of Jeffreys Bay” and “Humansdorp se Groei en Bloei”.
The launch, which was attended by about 70 people at the Seashells Conference Centre in Jeffreys Bay, was opened by former Ambassador Mzuvukile Maqetuka.
In his keynote address at the event, author and historian Bartle Logie said the Kouga region had so much more to offer potential tourists than the obvious delights of its beaches and scenery. He said that recent studies by an NMU team led by Professor Richard Cowling had made discoveries in the region which indicated that the southwestern corner of the Eastern Cape, including the Kouga, was the birthplace of Homo Sapiens – modern man!
Mr Logie also spoke about the extremely rich plant heritage of the region, with its fynbos, abundance of bulbous plants and aloes. He commended the work done by Write-on and the photographers whose work filled the pages of the two Impressions books, but challenged the photographers and the authorities to photograph and promote the “unknown” Kouga.
In his brief address, Write-on’s Frank Nunan thanked the mayor for his support of the project, and paid tribute to the photographers who had contributed to the project, especially Louse Creed, who took the majority of the pictures in the Jeffreys Bay book.
He also thanked the Estelle de Beer of Jeffreys Bay Tourism and Hantie van der Westhuizen of St Francis Tourism for their enthusiastic support for the projects and their sponsorship of the event.
The books are available from www.writeonpublishing.co.za, as well as from the offices of Jeffreys Bay Tourism and St Francis Tourism.
The latest offering to emerge from the SA Catholic Online/Write-On Publishing stable is Fr Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu's brilliant poetry anthology "In Quiet Realm".
This little book by the Soweto-born Catholic Cleric, lecturer, writer, poet, speaker and arts enthusiast, has the ability to reach out and touch almost every human emotion.
With its equally brilliant preface by Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza - Diplomat, Poet, Academic, Cultural Activist, and foreword by five times Grammy Award-Winning American Opera Star Jessye Norman, it reflects the author’s deep and abiding faith, and, “In the End”, it forces us to confront our own mortality. An emotional and satisfying read.
It evinces pride, respect, despair, joy and profound sadness. It remembers and salutes past and contemporary South Africans, it lauds them as Africans: “These are Africans”, it says. It is a recognition that “Life Happens”, especially in our townships, and is a tribute to life’s virtues.
As a writer, Lawrence Ndlovu has contributed to several publications through his columns in Spotlight Africa and The Daily Maverick. He has also written for The Thinker, The Huffington Post, News 24, The Southern Cross and The South African. L
Lawrence read philosophy and theology at St John Vianney Seminary Pretoria, Heythrop College, University of London and the Bellarmine Institute in London. He is a lecturer in the theology department at St Augustine College of South Africa.
He is Chairperson of the Choral Music Archive NPC and is a trustee of the St Augustine Education Foundation Trust and an Advisory Council Member of the Southern Cross Weekly. He was listed by the Mail and Guardian in the Top 200 Young South Africans list for 2016. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Youth Trailblazer Award from the Gauteng Provincial Government for his outstanding contribution to youth development.
In this elegant, compact and complex poetry book, Father Lawrence tenderly yet determinedly escorts us through a fantastic maze of his journeys - spiritual, political and social - Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza.
This is a homage to the spirit and soul of our birth, the glories, the dilemma and the blessings of the sun and soil of the mother country… Father Lawrence would have us remember to hold close in our minds and hearts all that we are, all that has made us, and all that we are empowered to be. Jessye Norman - 5 times Grammy Award-Winning Opera Star.