AMBASSADORS FOR THE LIFE RIGHTING COLLECTIVE

Our Heartfelt Thanks

The Life Writing Collective would not exist without the generous and free gifting of many people’s time, energy, money and skills. We want to thank everyone who has contributed – and continues to contribute – to the life of this wonderful community organisation so that it grows and thrives: 

    • Amani Foundation and the Beatrix Jordaan Trust – both headed up by LRC members who have done a course – for their major funding of the organisation
    • Ambre Nicholson for writing a review on the Crypt launch
    • Anna Drinka, Desiree-Anne Martin and Doreen Gowens for helping with fundraising
    • Anna Drinka, Jonathan Luies and Cian Small for filming and editing a short video on the LRC for fundraising and to promote our work
    • Anne Townsend for organising a course in Barrydale
    • Annemarie Hendrikz, Yvonne Sliep and Heleen Sliep for organising a course in Kleinmond, and sponsoring participants
    • Arja Salafranca for writing a review of the anthology and organising another.
    • Beauty Bokwani, Nathan Festus, Lara Fairall, Robert Hamblin, Charlotte Mande Illunga, Nobesuthu Tom, Reini Adelbert, John Cartwright, Lorraine le Roux, Annette Snyckers, Kerry Hammerton, George Davis, Stephanie Safari, Peter Surtees, Norton Tenille, Leonora Lewis, Hermien de Vos, Floss Mitchell, Ronelle Hart, Lerato Lehlabathe, Mary Duker, Joa le Roux and Kathija Yassim for participating in book events
    • Berenice Paulse, senior researcher in parliament, for facilitating our seminar and selling copies of the anthology, and Beauty Bokwani and Hani du Toit for being available to speak in that forum
    • Carole Bloch for promoting our work and speaking at the Crypt launch
    • Charlotte Mande Illunga, Hani du Toit, Desiree-Anne Martin, Robert Hamblin and Shuhood Abader for participating in the video to assist with fundraising
    • Cynthia MacPherson for her home as a venue for a poetry course
    • Cynthis MacPherson, Yvonne O’Connor and Esme Goldblatt for running a book event at Fish Hoek Library
    • Derek Joubert for organising a course with Net Vir Pret, and providing accommodation
    • Dinah Eppel for assisting with admin, catering and venues
    • Emily Buchanan for editing the anthology
    • Everyone who contributed writing to the anthology and the website so that we can get to know each other better and take courage and be inspired.
    • George Davis for taking photographs at the Crypt anthology launch
    • Gertrude Fester for offering fundraising ideas
    • Helena Wagener for assisting with social media
    • Janet Giddy for providing a venue for LRC meetings, for writing a review on the anthology for the SA Medical Journal and for participating in the Montague Book Festival
    • Janet Meintjies for her home as a venue for a poetry course
    • Janice Behr for organising an event at Tokai Library
    • Jason Jacobs for organising the ASSITEJ writing course
    • Jean Luyt for organising a course for mentors at GSH
    • Jen Radloff for creating our beautiful Mascot
    • Joa le Roux for coming all the way from PE to join the launch and reading her piece
    • John Cartwright for helping with editing pieces for the website
    • Kate Wigley and Cleon Romano for providing a course venue at Maria’s restaurant in Cape Town
    • Katherine Glenday for use of The Forge and for doing a mock up of a potential cover for the anthology
    • Kathija Yassim, Beauty Bokwani and Net Vir Pret for taking the principles of life writing into their work with young people
    • Lerato Lehlabathe for being our best seller at over 70 copies of the anthology, and for getting us an audience in parliament
    • Lindsay Wright for her ongoing help with applying for PBO status from SARS to help us raise funds
    • Lisa Kane, Jen Thorpe and Jen Radloff for their LRC podcast initiative
    • Loretta Sanderson for offering to organise our next PE course
    • Lorraine Burne for promoting book sales in Johannesburg
    • Lucy Alexander for proofreading the anthology
    • Madoda Ndlakuse and Charlotte Mande Illunga for being interviewed for the purposes of a fundraising campaign
    • Many members who have recommended courses far and wide
    • Marilyn Pigott for organising two courses in Leysin, Switzerland and one in Stanford
    • Matthew Caretti for facilitating a bulk purchase of the anthology
    • Members who have donated funds from R50 to R2000, some on a recurring monthly basis to sponsor participants on festivals and courses
    • Members who sponsored poets to go to the MaGregor Poetry Festival in 2018
    • Nancy Richards and Beryl Eichenberger for supporting our work at Woman Zone
    • Nancy Richards for writing a review of the anthology for Country Life
    • Nathan Festus for organising a radio interview on CCFM
    • Noelle Koeries for organising a book event at Woman Zone
    • Pat Garratt and Cynthia MacPherson for representing the LRC at the Book Week event at Tokai Library
    • Paula Kingwell of The Rest for sponsoring participants on the course on her farm
    • Phillipa Kabali-Kagwa for performing at The Crypt launch
    • Philomene Luyindula for recruiting writers for courses, being an incredible networker and being our Knysna organiser
    • Pregs Govender, Sara-Jayne King, Helen Moffett and Bongani Kona for endorsing the anthology
    • Ronelle Hart and Arja Salafranca for organising courses in Johannesburg, for participating in the Love Books book launch and for promoting our course
    • Ronelle Hart for being our Johannesburg organiser, providing accommodation, and being a book distribution centre
    • Rose Jackson, Lara Fairall and others for offering lifts to courses, follow up gatherings and the MacGregor Festival
    • Ruth Goodman and Karen Anderson for organising a book event in Barrydale
    • Sharon Peddie for making a pedestal / container to transport our mascot safely to ensure the hairstyle remains unruffled
    • Shena Lamb and Mary Duker for organising the PE launch of the anthology
    • Shena Lamb for being our PE organiser, interviewing Madoda Ndlakuse, and for providing accommodation
    • Simon Sephton for his legal advice
    • Simon Smith, the LRC web developer, who has generously contributed countless hours of behind-the-scenes work to keep our website up and running along with constant enhancements and updates; and even baking us a loaf of his awesome sourdough bread!
    • Steve Reid and St John Haw for playing the piano at the Crypt launch
    • Sue Alexander, Jane Alexander and Theo Rossouw for selling books at the Crypt launch
    • Sue and Richard Halley-Stott for providing a course venue in their home in Johannesburg
    • Sue Soal for her generous gift of facilitating the LRC executive committee to formulate a refreshed vision for structures and goals going forward
    • The Crypt for providing a free venue for the anthology launch
    • The members in PE and Johannesburg who have hosted follow up gatherings (FUGs) in their homes
    • Those who donated sparkling wine, refreshments and eats at the Crypt launch
    • Vonni Romano, Hani du Toit and Esme Goldblatt for hosting FUGs in Cape Town
    • Zuleiga Adams for inviting the LRC to UCT summer school

     

Please let us know if we have erred in omitting anyone. Any oversight is a consequence of our old brains and not due to lack of appreciation and we hope in advance to be forgiven.