Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Contributions needed for SA Dance Book & Auditions Coming Up

Dear Readers

Quite a bit happening around Durban.

For starters Pansa is calling for contributions for a new South African Dance Book:

PANSA is pleased to announce that it will be producing a coffee table book of South African dance. With this in mind, we are making a call for contributions of both text and photos. Your voluntary contributions to this historic venture will be greatly appreciated, and acknowledged in the book.

So, if you have any of the following, please send it in because we would like an opportunity to consider it for inclusion in the book. Content we are looking for includes, but is not limited to:
  • written contributions, in the form of history of dance organisations, anecdotes of leading personalities, brief biographies of important and ground-breaking dance practitioners, reviews of major productions, or any similar written content,
  • High-resolution digital images of dancers, choreographers, or dance productions,
  • insights into the history of contemporary dance in SA, important milestones and personalities, or any other content that you think might be relevant.
All photographs, paragraphs and contributions of another nature will be acknowledged in the book. So pull out your photographs, old or new, of personal and professional dance and dancers for possible inclusion in this historic publication. While we cannot guarantee that every photograph or line of text will be included, all contributions will be treated with honour and accorded the care and attention they deserve.

Important legal stuff
By sending the images and/or text to us for inclusion in the book, you warrant that:
1. You are the owner of the complete copyright and all other rights in the material submitted.
2. The content submitted does not infringe any existing copyright or any licence or any other right of any person, organisation or company.
3. The material submitted does not contain plagiarised, obscene or objectionable material or anything of a libellous or scandalous character.
If the content submitted does not belong to you, or is subject to copyright by some other body, you provide full details of such person or organisation to enable us to contact them for permission to use the content.

Please email contributions to
Deadline: 18 January 2013.

(Source - Pansa) 

Auditions - Man International

Damon Beard is looking for more Male Dancers and Singers for 2013

For more details go to
and click on Join The Show

(Source - Damon Beard) 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Film Review - Skyfall

Special treat for You Dear Reader

A Film Review of the new 007 Film - Skyfall

Director - Sam Mendes
Cast - Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe

In this film we join James Bond (Daniel Craig) on assignment and no surprise he is chasing someone.
Only this time he has an assistant, Eve (Naomie Harris).

Look out for a wonderful opening sequence and the beautiful music of Adele.

This time James Bond faces a different type of villain, the mysterious and evil Silva. (Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men).
Keep an eye out for his entrance and opening line.  It really is brilliant.

Along the way Bond has to deal with a new mysterious government official (Ralph Fiennes) and of course there is a new Q.  Quite a interesting version this time.  All the gadgets are there, special effects and brilliant writing, editing and directing that you would expect from a Bond film.

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this film.  From start to finish.  You hardly notice the time go by.
There are some wonderful scenes.  Bardem is in fine form as is Craig.

Rating 10/10

Trailer of Skyfall

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Castings and Entertainment News around SA

Greetings Dear Readers, if you are a Actor there are loads of opportunities for you around
South Africa.  Here are just some of them along with some entertainment news:

1. West Side Story audition in Durban
The Playhouse Company, Durban, by arrangement with DALRO, announces auditions for the production of West Side Story in Durban during November and December 2013.

Please note the following criteria:
1. The production calls for classically trained dancers, singers and actors.
2. Previous professional experience in musical theatre is essential
3. Ladies need to bring high heel dance shoes and MUST be able to dance in these
4. Proficiency in different accents is an advantage.
5. Please bring a headshot and full length photograph, as well as a resume to your audition.
6. ALL artists to arrive by 8:30am to register and to be available ALL day. The dance audition starts at 9am. Singing and acting auditions to follow from this.

Closing date for audition bookings is midday on Tuesday, 11 December 2012.

Audition information is available on the PANSA website, click here

2. Casting Call
Bubblegum is a TV production company based in Greenpoint, Cape Town, currently recording a new children's storytelling TV series. The show is English language, and aimed at ages 3 to 6.

We are searching for a voice actor to be the narrator for this series - Black, male, ideally with a "cool uncle" voice.
If you are interested, please email Rozie at before Friday the 14th of December, to set up a voice audition.

3. Call for entrepreneurs

The Western Cape Government’s number one priority is to grow the economy. A growing economy means more jobs. And that’s where you come in. We believe innovative, enterprising entrepreneurs like you deserve special recognition for the work you do. So, enter The Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards today.
Visit for categories, terms and conditions.

Emerging Business
Established Business
Social Enterprises
Export Business
Best Student Business Idea

Special awards:
Green Initiatives

Entries close 20 December 2012.

4. Chief Executive Officer: JOBURG CITY THEATRES
The City of Johannesburg, as part of its Institutional Review, resolved that Joburg Theatre (SOC) Ltd and Roodepoort City Theatre NPC t/a Joburg Promusica be integrated into a single theatre management company to be known as Joburg City Theatres. This new Municipal Entity of the City of Johannesburg will render the functions and services that, until now, have been rendered separately by these two theatres. It will also institutionalise the operation of the newly established Soweto Theatre. Therefore, the Chief Executive Officer of Joburg City Theatres will be responsible for the operations of Joburg Theatre (formerly the Johannesburg Civic Theatre), Roodepoort City Theatre and Soweto Theatre.

The Head Office of Joburg City Theatres will be based at Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein.

Closing date and time: 16:00 on Monday 14 January 2013. Full advert is available on the PANSA website, click here

(Source - Pansa)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We Interview Health and Fitness Guru @LisaRaleighSA

Greetings readers.

This week we interview the lady who knows everything about health, wellness and fitness, Lisa Raleigh.

1. What fitness tips do you have for business people?

Do what you can with what you got from where you are. Never stop. Take the exercise with you.

2. It's the silly season what tips do you have for us so we don't eat too much?

Use a balanced approach. Moderation is key, find different ways to exercise. Pick one meal a day and have what you like.

3. We see you doing inserts on the Dr Michael Mol show and on the Expresso show what do you do there?

We show the latest trends, lifestyle, fitness news, we start filming again soon.

4. We hear you have a new product out called @HealthboxSA what is that?

It's a solution for people wanting lifestyle changes. We deliver to your door. Wellness delivered.

5. What advice do you have for entrepreneurs, seeing as you are one yourself?

Follow your passion, it's hard work, you work long hours. It's fun, it involves sacrifice.

Love what you do.

6. How do you use social media.

I love Twitter. I'm a Twitter addict.

I have someone who does my announcements and the rest is me.

I have also just started on Pinterest.

Social media has opened doors for me
like the show.

I tweeted people and asked them to be on the show.

Lisa Raleigh is a health, wellness and fitness expert.

You can tweet her on @LisaRaleighSA
Find out more about Healthbox at @HealthboxSA

Article by @fredfelton

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Auditions and Arts News Around Town

Auditions and Arts News Around Town

West Side Story Audition (JHB)  
The Playhouse Company, Durban, by arrangement with DALRO, announces auditions for the production of West Side Story in Durban during November and December 2013.

The Playhouse Company is pleased to present West Side Story during the festive season in 2013. Auditions for this popular musical will begin in Johannesburg in December 2012.
Closing date for audition bookings is midday on Monday, 3 December 2012.

More information and audition rules are available on the PANSA website, click here

Call for a three year NAC arts funding
Call for a three year arts organisation support funding (2012/2013 -2015/2016)

The National Arts Council (NAC) is inviting registered arts organisations and companies active in the disciplines of Music, Theatre, Dance, Multi-discipline, Craft, Visual Arts and Literature to apply for the three year Arts Organisation Support Funding formerly known as Company Funding.

Closing date: 14 December 2012
Outcomes: 25 March 2013

Full article is on the PANSA website, click here

Call for Residency Application: African Writers
Sylt Foundation calls all writers of contemporary African literature to apply for the two month African Writer's Residency.

Call for Applications for Residency: African Literary Writers

The Sylt Foundation calls all writers of contemporary African literature to apply for the two month African Writer's Residency, offered as part of the Sylt Foundation Residency Programme. One residency will be awarded annually to African writers who have published literary works of poetry, prose, plays and novels.

Deadline for application submission is by 4pm Friday 15 February 2013

- Announcement and notification of 5 shortlisted finalists 1 April 2013
- Announcement of Residency Award Winner 1 June 2013
- Residency to be taken up from June 2013 - 2014

No late applications will be considered. Applications will be kept confidential.

Full article is available on the PANSA website, click here


What You Laughing At?This hot property comedy entertainment runs at Durban's Catalina Theatre on
Wilson's Wharf until 2 December 2012

Tickets cost for What You Laughing At? are R70 (discounts for pensioners and
students/kids at R50). To book call 031 305 6889, 071 896 6998 or 083 347
9610 or book online:

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The Durban Theatre Awards

Theatre awards time is here again and this year we reach double figures! - the tenth annual awards evening of The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards takes place at 19:30 on Monday 03 December 2012 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Booking is through Computicket. Full article is available on the PANSA website, click here
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Flatfoot dances at the Stable Theatre
The Stable Theatre in association with the Flatfoot Dance Company presents "utalagu/horizon" from December 6 to 9.

The show has choreography by Sifiso 'Kitsona' Khumalo and features drummers Mandla Matsha and Njabulo Shabalala.

Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for scholars, students and pensioners and are available at the door from one hour before performance starts, and through prior booking via 082 875 6065.

Full article is available on the PANSA website, click here 

Source - Pansa 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great show tonight at St Clements

St.Clements, 30th November 2012 . 7.30pm. Tickets R50. Tel 031 2022511

Digby and The Lullaby visit KZN for more romance, tears and goosebumps…..

Digby and The Lullaby are the indie singer-songwriting duo that’s stirring hearts all over South Africa. Although their musical partnership spans just two years, Rouchelle Hubsch and Darren Digby Peens have already been hailed by their growing collection of fans as a match made in heaven.

On piano and lead vocals, Rouchelle Hubsch plays and sings with a haunting depth of emotion that far surpasses her young age. As an only child, Rouchelle found the piano a profoundly rewarding companion.

On guitar and backing vocals, Darren Peens fell in love with music when he was just 6 years old these days, armed with a Dictaphone a note pad and an acoustic guitar, Darren never stops creating.

Collectively influenced by anyone with tons of heart and a great song, Digby and The Lullaby thrive on intimate performances. The theatre is this band’s first choice of venue. “It makes our connection with the audience so real and tangible,” smiles Rouchelle. Digby and The Lullaby have just finished tracking their debut album in New York with producer Kieran Kelly (Angust and Julia Stone, Sufjan Stevens) they are aiming for an early 2013 release.

Live performances to date include shows at The Chaplin in Port Elizabeth, Googies in New York and the prestigious Hilton Arts Festival in Durban two years running – where extra seating had to be put in after their first performance. Ralph Piaden (the Fleur du Lys’ theatre manager) commented that they were ‘the most complimented act’ in his theatre throughout the festival.

" The joy of hearing these two stays with you long after you leave. After just a few minutes you will be hooked and you will leave wanting more and yet feeling full and sated. Be proufoundly affected in the best possible ways. Miss something else don't miss Digby and the lullaby!! Graham Ward – (Drummer, Paul Mcartney, Tom Jones, Ray Charles)

Goosebumps, standing ovations, and an audience moved to tears are not uncommon at Digby and The Lullaby shows. When you click play, you’ll understand why.

Source - St Clements

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lots happening around Durban this Month

There is quite a bit happning around Durban in the Month of November.
Here are some of the highlights.

On Sunday pop by Sutton Park (Near Alliance Francaise) and support The World Remembrance Day Festival #rememberme where they will be having a wonderful market and day out for all the family.  There will be fun, music and so much more.  Starts from 10am onwards.

(Source - World Remembrance Day Durban)

Look out for this crazy comedian opening with his new show:

(Stand-up Comedy) Release your Inner Kudu - a Glen Bo solo show (pre-view)

  • 60min, Wed Nov 28th. 
  • Doors 7pm, show 830pm.
  • Bookings (old beanbeag) 031-823-4744 l l @DurbanComedy l online from Stricklytickets shortly.

"Stand-up comedian: Glen Bo, well-known on the Durban stand-up comedy scene since it's inception 5 years ago and returning from London showcases his much-anticipated solo show pre-view - which he is touring to Australia in 2013." 
Release your Inner Kudu

Join the high-energy madness and unconventional hilarity that is Glen. Witty, off-beat, observational and peppered with the surreal. Stand-up and multimedia sketches - and release YOUR inner kudu at Hai.Bo (Old Bean Bag) Nov 28th, 8pm. Glen's performed at the Edinburgh Fringe on the "Free South African Comedians" run and at the Grahamstown National Arts Fest 'Durban Comedy Invasion'. He's clocked up many km's travelling around RSA, England, Scotland, Wales and even performed in Bahrain, Tenerfie, Seychelles and recently on a Cruise ship in the middle of the Ocean - MSC Melody, doing comedy clubs, rock'n'roll festival comedy tents, emceeing corporate events and at many times promoting shows on the DSOC Comedy platform. He also appeared live on 5Fm, on the Fresh Drive - doing stand-up - when they were broadcasted live from Gateway. "Brilliant!" Cath -5fm Fresh Drive

Release your Inner Kudu: Stand-up about rock'nroll, love, hate,, For fans of The Cure, midgets, late night bars, loud guitars, London, Durban, rain-crabs, New Years eve fights, Christmas mornings punches, Ghost-hunting and Zombie newsreaders, the laughter of a old man drinking gin, the sound of a woman telling him to go away, cats that look like Hitler, a Clock-work Orange Jedi, break-ups, love-ups and being in the dumps. Joy Division and 365 strange facts in history which all relate to why one should: Release your inner Kudu. But really, what the hell does that mean? Come find out.

"Brilliant!" Cath -5fm Fresh Drive
"Off-beat, witty and very funny" Tribune
"Sharp, surreal and super-fun" SA Times, London.
Follow Glen on twitter @GlenBoShow for ticket specials.

(Source - DSOC) 

Are you looking to book a speaker for a year end function?  Try Douglas Kruger:


My business and inspirational presentations are usually valued at R18 000. For November and December of 2012 only, book me for R15 000. 
What is the gap between where you are and where you want to be? Allow me to help you with one of these seminars or presentations:  

Based on my book, '50 Ways to Position Yourself as an Expert,' this business talk looks at practical, proactive steps you can take to gain visibility and become known as the thought-leader in your industry. Grow your customer-base. Don't be the Pie-Man, selling his wares one by one. Be the guru, and they will come to you. Perfect for Sales teams and entrepreneurs. 

Learn about The Rules of Hamster-Thinking and how they impair our effectiveness. Hamsters make up rules that work against them, do things the way they’ve always been done, and do what all other hamsters would do. Discover how to think more industriously and develop your personal initiative. This motivational presentation is designed to teach your delegates to become greater ‘go-getters.’

“Do these jeans make my bum look big?” “No, honey. It’s your big bum that’s doing it.” This humorous keynote pokes fun at the culture of blame and victimhood, and shows how, by inverting it, we can set goals, strive for achievements, and move away from excuses. This presentation is designed to assist delegates with instituting radical disruption of their momentum, and taking ownership of their lives and careers.

Entrepreneurs often inherent a curse from previous generations, and they’re not even aware of it: Self-limiting beliefs about wealth, work and income. This presentation changes lives. Douglas has written on the topic for Forbes magazine and been interviewed on it in the media. Packed with epiphanies, it will radically alter how entrepreneurs think about Value, and about generating income.

Why do some entrepreneurs make money hand over fist, while others struggle with the basics? Why are some able to go bankrupt and bounce back again, as though nothing happened? Why do some individuals work back-breakingly hard, but never break even? The difference isn’t ‘hours of work.’ The difference is ‘underlying principles.’ Get them right, and the business comes to you. 8 Epiphanies is a look at the principles behind the scenes; the deeper level understandings you need to have in addition to the nuts ‘n bolts, how-to stuff.

Still suffering from Recession-Mentality? Acting less because times are tough and you no longer believe they’re buying? This motivational speech is about head-space, and the vortexes that swirl through it in tough times. To survive and prosper, you have to have the right attitude. You have to harness your thinking and make it do what you need it to do. Not what the times dictate.

Training seminars in Public Speaking and Presenting - How to Engage and Persuade in your Presentations (Full day course). Based on my book '50 Ways to Become a Better Speaker.' I will provide you with all the basics – the nuts ‘n bolts of presenting – but I'll also go well beyond that. Learn how to organize the audience in a room for the best psychological effect. Learn how to connect, engage and persuade. Learn about the 15 different ways in which you can structure your messages. Learn how to create credibility. Most of all, learn to make your target audience think and believe as you do. Ideal for managers, sales teams and anyone who wants to grow their career by mastering this important skill. 

“Douglas is phenomenal. He has great expertise, is very result oriented, and also knows what it takes for organizations and people to change. His experience in speaking publicly and his Hamster’s approach is so interesting. Douglas’s understanding of processes, in particular - how to make things happen as productively as possible and what needs to be delivered at each stage - has been very valuable to us at the congress.”
-       Alves Duarte, 1st International Congress of Human Resources Convenor, Mozambique

To book Douglas for your next talk contact him here:  

Contact: or: Mobile: +27 (0)72 252-2675

(Source - Douglas Kruger) 


Flatfoot Dance Company Auditions (KZN)
Flatfoot Dance Company is looking for a female dancer to start from January 1, 2013.
Anyone interested in auditioning, who can meet the above minimum requirements, and feel that they have the dedication to hard work that Flatfoot demands from its dancers/dance educators, should call the company manager Clare Craighead on: 082 875 6065 or to book a place in the audition on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 10:00 - 13:00 at the Dance Studio 2 (UKZN - Durban campus). Booking is essential as no one will be auditioned with a booking.

Auditions for role of Othello (KZN)
Think Theatre will be conducting auditions for the title role of OTHELLO for their 2013 production.
You will be expected to perform a monologue of your choice from OTHELLO.
Please note that this is a FULL TIME contract and you would need to be available from 15 January - 30 May 2013.  

Should you wish to audition please send CV  to  Margie on You will then be contacted with the audition venue, date and time.

Fringe Applications open for 2013 NAF
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the Festival.

Applications for the 2013 Fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown opened on Monday, 29 October 2012. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by e-mail, or telephone - 046 603 1103, or fax - 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival's website
The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. Full article is on the PANSAwebsite, click here

(Source - Pansa) 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Join the World Day of Remembrance Durban

Join the World Day of Remembrance Durban!


Join us on Sunday November 18th for a day of crafts, arts, music, food and fun as we get together to celebrate the lives of those lost through road traffic accidents. (10am - 3pm)

World Day of Remembrance is a day dedicated to remembering all those killed and injured in road crashes around the world, together with their families, the emergency services and all others affected or involved in the aftermath. 

There will be a market with local crafters, food vendors and artists, as well as a kiddies craft area. The venue also has a playground for the kiddies to play!

Stage with Live Music featuring Asleep in Transit / Hey Hustler! / The Trees / Nje / and many more and the event will be MC’d by Lebo Masike from East Coast Radio!

There will be a ‘Remembrance Area’ where you can pin up photos of loved ones, put down flowers or light candles in memory of.

Bring a blanket, come chill out under the trees and join us for a family friendly day of celebration, love and remembrance!


**also listen out on ECR on Wednesday, 14 Nov on Abigail Ray's show (18h30) where we will be talking about World Day of Remembrance and the event!!!**

Source - World Day Of Remembrance Durban 
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Call for Funding Applications KZN Artists

Call for Funding Applications for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Performing Arts Trust
Formally constituted KZN Performing Arts practioners are invited to apply for funding to the Kwa-Zulu Natal Performing Arts Trust for the new funding cycle ending 31 March 2013.

Based in Durban, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Performing Arts Trust supports, encourages, develops and stimulates all aspects of the performing arts in KZN.  The Trust considers applications in dance, drama, music, musical theatre, opera and performance poetry, with emphasis on assisting those who were previously disadvantaged.

While applications for multi-year undertakings are encouraged, this does not preclude one‑off projects.  Where grants are ongoing over a number of years, acknowledgements of receipt and progress reports must be received for the previous year, before consideration will be given to future funding.  Applications for new funding will be considered only if accompanied by a duly completed application form and all supporting documentation specified therein.

Applications must, wherever possible, also be accompanied by documentation proving that the applicants are tax exempt.  The trust receives support from donors as it operates on extremely low overheads, and the trustees give their services voluntarily.  The trust’s policy is to keep its capital intact, and to distribute only its income.  The trust does not have sufficient funds to meet all the requests it receives for assistance and is always looking for new donors to broaden its scope of support in the performing arts in KZN, and to provide a stronger capital base.  Donations made to the Trust may be claimed as a tax deduction.

Performing arts practioners are invited to write short letters of intent outlining in one page the nature of the project, and the total amount requested.  Letters to be received by 4pm on 13 November 2012.  After an initial screening process, applicants will be sent a formal letter of application to complete and return before the end of January.  Applications will be selected early in February and successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2013.

For more information, contact Tammy Govender in writing -

source - pansa 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Invitation to Artists

Art in the Gardens 2012

The Friends of the Durban Botanic Gardens are to hold a art show in the gardens.
It promises to be a festive day with not only art but also food and music.

When:  Sunday 2 December 2012
Time: 9am to 4pm

For all the details contact Linda Larrat
Tel:  031-309-9243

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Durban Tweetup for a good cause - #rememberme

We all know someone whose life has been affected by a road traffic accident.
World Day of Remembrance is the day we get to stand together and
remember lost loved ones.

Not only do we want to celebrate their lives, but we want to create
awareness about safety on our roads, especially the No 1 cause of
accidents – drinking & driving.

Spiga, along with Anna Savage – one of the creators of the I Heart
Market, are collaborating with SADD (SA against Drunk Driving) and a
host of other likeminded businesses to host an interactive family
friendly event on Sunday, November 18th.

Keen to find out what we are doing and how you can be a part of it?

Join us for a Tweet Up on Tuesday 23 October at The Upstairs (above Spiga)

Get to meet your fellow tweeters and let us show you a quick
presentation on the history of World Day of Remembrance, what we are
doing and how you can be a part of it!

Tweeps are being asked to use the hashtag #rememberme and to tweet about this event to 
create awareness of it.

Time: 18h30
Dress: Casual
Food: Snacks will be supplied by Spiga
Bring: your phone
Hashtag: #rememberme

Twitter Handles:


(Source - Word Day Of Remembrance - Durban) 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Look out for Writer Daniel Dinnie on his Author Tour

Author and Blogger Daniel Dinnie continues his Author Tour as he goes around
Durban introducing people to Authors from around Durban.
Next stop Glen Ashley Library on Sat 20 October 10am to 11am.

                             Follow him on Twitter -

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Interview with Writer Amelia du Plessis

Amelia du Plessis

This weekend we have a interview with Writer and Editor Amelia du Plessis.
We asked her some interesting questions and she proves to be a interesting lady.

1.  Who is your favourite writer?

2.  Tell us about Voxate?

I'm a freelance writer with a varied repertoire.  I write online content, features for the newspaper,
biographies and coffee table books.

3.  What do you love about Port Elizabeth?

Our beautiful beaches.

4.  Which is your favourite book?

Gosh, that's a tough one.  A Prayer for Owen Meany, if I'm forced to choose.

5.  Do you blog and if so how often?

I have a blog as part of my website, yes but I don't use it nearly as much as I should.  

6.  What does an editor do?

Makes other people's writing sound good.  

7.  What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Be very thick-skinned and never submit something that you don't know is worth publishing.

8.  What is your favourite colour?


9.  Where do you write?

In my study or in local coffee shops.  

10.  As a writer, how do you use social media?

I have a Facebook page on which I share useful articles that I've read, as well as news updates.

For more about Amelia vist her website -

Feel free to like her Facebook page -

As I said, a very interesting lady indeed.

This interview was part of a Blogger Tour of interviews with interesting writers and bloggers
around South Africa.  If you are a Blogger or know a Blogger in South Africa feel free
to contact us for an interview.

Interview by - @fredfelton 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Interview with Author and Blogger @danielalex_book

Welcome to this issue of Umhlanga Life.
This week we have a treat for you, we interview the writer and blogger Daniel Alexander.

Follow him on Twitter @danielalex_book

Ten Questions With Daniel Alexander.

1.  Tell us about your blog?

 I mostly blog about topics relating to my book: parenting, growing up, children, writing, the mind (something that as a society we don’t pay enough attention), marketing and communication. I also do very unusual author interviews. Don’t you get bored of the same old same old interview questions, such as “How long did it take to write you book?” The sad thing is, often it’s authors interviewing other authors, and if that’s how creative you can be in writing, I can’t imagine how good your book can be… Thus, I think of very imaginative questions to ask people. In addition, sometimes I blog about the most random stuff. This past Sunday was “Sunday madness.” I was designing a poster and I’m not a designer. So all this stuff was just coming to my head, in my design process, and I blogged about it all. Those posts provided many good laughs. Here is a link to Sunday madness

2.  What advice do you have for bloggers?

Have fun with your blog. I think there is a misconception that there is loads of money to be made on the internet. “Build it, and he will come.” The reason I bring that up is, it seems as if many people want to make millions on a blog. Rather do it for fun. If you do get a lot of traffic great. The purpose of my blog is to share information about my book, and just get some random stuff out.

3.  Noticed that you are an author, tell us about your latest book?

Why thanks you for noticing. My book is a story of growing up. I didn’t have a great childhood and as a result I have researched the way children are growing up today. I know it’s often difficult for parents to accept or acknowledge that something is wrong. Nevertheless, the statistics show that something, somewhere has gone awry. So my book is my story of growing up and all the lessons that I wished I had learned, all from the perspective of a child. Communication is supposed to be a two-way street. However, for a long time society adopted the attitude of, “children are to be seen and not heard.” Unfortunately, we are seeing the ripple effects of that now. That’s why I’ve written everything from the perspective of a child. I want to share the voice of a child in a way that many people can understand and relate to.

4.  Where is your favourite place to hang out in Durban?

The beach

5.  Which book do you love and why?

This is going to sound clich├ęd, however, I have to say my book. I don’t have any real connection with any other book out there. There are a lot of books that I like; lots of good material out there to read: The Shining by Stephen King, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. My book though, because of what I learned while doing it. So, I’m not just saying it because it’s mine, I’m saying that because I learned a lot from writing it.

6.  What advice do you have for writers who want to market their books?

When I figure out the answer to that, I’ll let you know…

7.  How do you use Twitter?

Usually with a keyboard J

8.  Tell us about your favourite movie.  Why do you love it?

Let me think… I’m going to say The Other Guys. Man that was too funny! Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are hilarious together. I love Will’s acting style. He’s such an idiot.  I have no idea how he says some of the absolutely absurd rhetoric he had to say, with a straight face. Tuna that hunts lions… Really?

9.  Name 3 interesting websites that you have seen recently?
Today I killed four people and a clown...
Can’t think of any more interesting sites at the moment.

10.  Do you know the moves to Gangnam Style?

No, no I do not. I Googled it now. I didn’t actually know the name to the song. I’ve heard it on the radio. However, I thought he was saying, “Condom style.” That kind of goes with the song because other parts of the song go, “Heeeeey, sexy lady.” So it’s like, “Hey sexy lady, come back to my place and let’s do it condom style.” I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day long now. East Asians are crazy. Go them!

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This is all part of a blogging tour where famous bloggers from around SA are being interviewed.
You can read his interview of Fred Felton here

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