It has been a frenetic past 3 weeks! I started the training component of my contract with the Institute For The Advancement of Journalism, put together the launch of my poetry book and played my first two solo shows on guitar…. I am pretty fried!

If you missed the book launch, never fear, there will be a Cape Town event in August and there is a photo slideshow you can watch on this site, just visit THIS PAGE.

The first gigs went OK (despite the fact that at the actual launch I could neither remember the words nor how to play the ONE poem I was set to perform) I play my next Show at Amuse Cafe in Linden on Thursday 19 July, check out the Facebook events page HERE.

Matthew van der Want and David Chislett
Matthew van der Want and DAvid playing the collection’s title poem together

This Saturday Martin Schofield and I are set to present our first UNLEASH YOUR INNER ROCKSTAR show to the Young Professionals Organisation at a private function in Fourways. This is a fun-filled our-long show where we look at how music and the music industry has lessons for everyday people and how, using creativity, we can all lead more fulfilled, rewarding lives.

I am also in negotiations with The Open Book book fair in Cape Town and the Boek Bedonnerd literary festival in Richmond to appear at these South African literary events in September and October respectively. I have also approached the Jaipur, Karachi, Beijing and Cairo literary festivals to appear there in 2013…. well, you know, why not?

So, the book is now well and truly out and there is much activity around this in the months ahead. Rest assured I will keep you posted. If you want to buy the poetry book, you from Clarkes Book Store, Kalk Bay Books and The Book Lounge in Cape Town as well as Skoobs and Love Books stores in Johannesburg. The book and special edition book and CD combo is also available from the website, www.foryouorsomeonelike.com

Til next time!