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Sally Scott’s majestic front cover image hangs on my study wall and at this time of year autumn sunlight slants across the picture making dark shadows and new contrasts.

RhinoShrinkingWorld

I’ve taken a few photos of this and today I reworked one of them.  I chose three keywords – rhino, shrinking and world – and used the photo as a base to run them through WordFoto.  It’s a very clever application that selects area of similar colour and shape in a picture and then replaces them with your selected words at different sizes.  Here’s the comparison.  There’s no intention to change it!

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Two weeks ago Harry sent a copy of the rhino anthology to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

He responded this afternoon as follows:

“Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for this beautiful gift. I look forward to a good and perhaps disturbing read.

I certainly support your campaign against the ghastly attempt at eradicating these splendid creatures so gruesomely.

You can, if you need to, publicise my support of your campaign.

God bless you,

+Desmond Tutu”

Earlier this week there was a special announcement made at Kariega Game Reserve: Thandi the rhino is pregnant.

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There’s already a movie clip (taken on Saturday 7th December) of Thandi in the Facebook Post by Harry Owen.  Harry says that the trust she shows in the clip is remarkable considering the ordeal she has suffered.

These photos are courtesy of James Fleming who was with Harry at Kariega.

Here’s a lovely rendition by singer guitarist Bernt Solvoll of David Mallet’s ‘And you say that the battle is over’ – p100 in the anthology.

Poet Michelle McGrane’s has a telling selection of both poetry and prose from the anthology.

You also have to agree that her blog has a lovely header picture. Clicking it will take you there.

Peony Moon

Under the title ‘Boek is wêreldwye poging teen stropery‘ Wilna de Klerk gives this nice write-up in Die Burger.  The book was featured at the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival held in Cradock over the holiday weekend recently.

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Harry posted this lovely clip of an inquisitive Thandi in Facebook a week or so ago …. it was taken by a visitor to Kariega, Marjolein Westerterp, who gave it this title which means ‘symbol of hope and love’.

Sally’s work for the anthology has been praised:

… ‘beautiful line drawings’ and ‘beautifully illustrated’ …

She is showing the artwork from the rhino anthology in her exhibition Delta and Desert at the Carinus Arts Centre, Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival from 27th June to 6th July.

If you want to buy the original drawings, limited edition prints or greetings cards they are all available for purchase (10% of the sales will be going to the rhino).  She says that a number of the originals have already been purchased: you can see the costs of the various items in her blog here.  If you can’t get to the exhibition you can always contact her via her blog.

 

Next Monday, 1 July, at 11.00 Harry and Sally will be discussing For Rhino in a Shrinking World at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Venue: the Nun’s Chapel

Cost: R25 (all proceeds go to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation)

Click the image below for further details.

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