Take two women who've not only plunged the depths of addiction, but written the book and come out the other side in tact - and you have a recipe for some serious wisdom. SARA-JAYNE KING (left) author of Killing Karoline and MELINDA FERGUSON author of Smacked, of Hooked and of Crashed shared some explosive anecdotes and some incisive insight at a Story Cafe last weekend. Just a few memorable quotes: 'Addicts feel very at home with failure.' 'If I'd written a book in active addiction it would have been bullshit.' 'Catharsis is overrated.' 'Once I'd put my darkness into the light - the light spread.' 'The shit doesn't go away just because you've written a book.' 'Use your privilege - go to a clinic.'
And a copy donated to the Woman's Library - received by chief librarian Beryl Eichenberger with love from Flora. Thank you Mama Flora. ps the book is available through Lesedi House Publishers - find them on facebook or through Amazon and other online stores. If you would like a book lunch at the Woman's Library - contact us on email@example.com
Possibly the saddest tale we hear along the way is that of Krotoa, the young woman born in 1642, employed by Jan van Riebeek, who went on to become an interpreter, but eventually died a broken woman approximately 30 years later....a tragic story - questionably retold in a recent movie, but look forward to a production on her life coming up later this year at Artscape (where WZ also has their Women's Library). At this spot , we also hear the more contemporary story of Rock Girl, an NPO empowering young women to improve their lot in life....
There's all this and a lot more to take in on this walk-and-talk - and it was great to get additional info and input from many of the walkers. But an hour or so later, everyone was more than ready for a cup of coffee which, together with so many more woman-focused stories, we were able to find at the District Six Museum Cafe - run by, guess who - two women, Janine and Kelly....
...who very kindly gave the tired walkers a free koeksister each, served with a smile by Shameegah, to revive their flagging spirits. If you're interested in walking the Circle-in-the-City route with us - get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you'd just like to do it for yourself, check it out on http://mapmyway.co.za/routes/womans-walk-talk/. Hope you enjoyed this taster - and that you'll find us on facebook Woman Zone CT - and sign on to our mailing list.