Launch hosted by the Cory Library - Rhodes University,
Grahamstown on 15th October

The drinks and eats set out by Cory Librarian Shirley Kabwato were already laid out when I arrived. I met Shirley and we set out my slide show and chatted as the first guests arrived. Shirley had set out a small display of original Griqua materials from the library's enormous archives. There were about 40 in all including Prof Paul Maylam, Rhodes University's Professor of History, who introduced me. Paul had read my book and talked at length about the impact of forced migration on the Griqua people.

Image right: Scott with Shirley Kabwato and Prof Paul Maylam of Rhodes University

Also at the talk were several history and english lecturers and book sales went very well - even before I had got up to make my launch speech. Included in the people were Jeanne Berger who had originally put me in touch with Shirley Kabwato and Gwenda Thomas, Director of Library Services.

It was a very successful evening except there was a rival celebration going on upstairs and the African music got progressively louder as I spoke  eventually I gave up and wrapped up my speech. It was quite a humorous way to end the launch at Rhodes...

Rhodes' coverage of the launch can be seen at this link.

Images below - some of the publicity for the book launches in Grahamstown

After the launch Ian Balchin from Fables Bookstore joined me for a glass of champagne at the Rat and Parrot Bar - a popular escape for the local residents. 


Rhodes University

The Griqua Marriage
Registry - Kokstad

Lucas van der

The Griqua Marriage
Registry - Kokstad

Shirley Kabwato

Cory Library


Sign in toilet

Prof Maylam speaking

Scott launching the book

The audience

Shirley Kabwato, Gwenda Thomas
Scott and Jeanne Berger

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