Day eight - Pietermaritzburg,
10th October 2007

The Natal Witness had a excellent article promoting my book launch on page 5 today.

Today I caught up with a lot of old friends from the past.

Left Durban at about 9am - with the N3 road to Pietermaritzburg quite good except for a piece in the middle where traffic was jammed when roadworks brought it down to just one lane.

First stop was my old school of Cordwalles where I met Simon Weaver - the headmaster who threw me in the deep end asking me to address the 300 boys from the school about my book. That went quite well with me reminiscing about my time at the school and explaining how I came to write "Children of the Mist".

Image right: Chele and I at Cordwalles my old boarding school.

Next stop was to meet Eddie Sherwood - he took me to his house and then to the Witness Newspaper where I met Stephen Coan - who is writing a book review on "Children of the Mist" -  it will appear next Wednesday.


On the road to



Addressing the boys

Addressing the boys

Addressing the boys

Addressing the boys

The front of the school

The quad

On my 1st day in 1963
my shoulder was at the
height of the windows sill
Image of me here at seven

The old theatre

With Simon Weaver
under the school bell

The entry of my name

The fountain

My bed in Link

The San where I had

Where I used to float
in my dreams

The Chapel

My first dorm at

In the Chapel

Outside the school

Streets of


The beautiful City Hall

Jacarandas in flower

Town Hill in the

Chaos on the streets

View of the city

Chele searches her model past
in the Natal Witness archives.

After driving through Pietermaritzburg - the jacaranda city - with the beautiful tress just coming into spring blossom - I went to Cascades Shopping Centre at about 4.45pm and met with Colene Cook of Bookworld.

Image right addressing the gathering at Bookworld in Pietermaritzburg

I had no sooner set up the slide show than all the lights went out in Pietermaritzburg. Apparently the electricity grid is overburdened and the desperate state is getting worse as no money is being put towards power upgrades. Luckily the power came on about an hour later and I was able to sign fifteen books - meet several interesting people and proceed with my book launch at just after 6pm while competing with the noises of several African workers who had no idea of decorum! A most welcome visitor was Delyse Barnes who I had not seen for nearly 30 years!

After the book launch several of my friends joined me for a dinner at the Spur at Cascades.

A fabulous day capped off by an even better evening. Followed Eddie and Moira back to their home and in bed by 10pm.


Colene Cook (right) with
Bookworld staff

Myra, Eddie and Rodney

Moira, Scott and

Mark Laidlaw (well
known numismatist)

Book launch at


Chele and I with friends from

Rodney, Myra, Moira
and Eddie at Spurs

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