Helen Moffett, veteran of the South African publishing and writing scene, is collaborating with Noordhoek Art Point gallery to launch Salon Hecate on Friday, 9 December, a monthly gathering of book enthusiasts to celebrate prose and poetry alongside the visual arts.
Lovers of the written word will be able to enjoy these dedicated literary events in the gallery space that is Noordhoek Art Point, which boasts over 25 local visual artists.
“Salon Hecate will feature poetry readings, authors in conversation, and other book events on the first Monday evening of every month, more often if there’s a demand,” says Helen.
“The aim is to celebrate the beauty of the Deep South in words and images, to make a space where different creative forms can merge, where we can collaborate and inspire each other, and have fun – to generate joy in a world in which this is in short supply.”
And it seems there is a big appetite for such a concept. A FB post announcement by Helen about Salon Hecate garnered an avalanche of keen responses. One said it was bound to be a “bright spot on the calendar,” another called it “an amazing and timely initiative”, while many more enthusiastically confirmed their attendance.
The opening event on Friday, 9 December, will feature a line-up of stellar local authors and poets reading short pieces that pay homage to the beauty of our immediate landscape, and showcase our themes for 2023: the ocean, fynbos, birds and wildlife, and much more.
The programme includes the award-winning authors, performers and environmental writers Diane Awerbuck, Lesley Green, Sindiwe Magona, Margaret Clough, Rachel Zadok, Sindiswe Busuku, Stephen Symons, Bongani Kona, Lester Walbrugh, Nondwe Mpuma, Melissa Volker, Jacques Coetzee and more. Books will be on sale.
Come and relax, listen over a glass of wine, and find out how the octopus and the cat in the poster relate to this launch and the salon!
The launch of Salon Hecate takes place from 17:30 on Friday, 9 December.