News from David Krut Publishing


Stanford Creative Works (SCW) Holiday Program

Over the Easter holidays we offered a 4 day program for children from 5 to 12 years old. We worked in small groups offering a variety of creative activities as well as group games and movement activities. The children created picture frames with their portraits inside and made Easter decorations. The Easter egg hunt was the highlight and everyone enjoyed hunting and of course eating the eggs and other treats. Thanks to Rachel for making delicious chocolate muffins for all the children. We also offered an outing to the Klein Rivier Cheese farm where the children could interact with animals and taste some of Klein Rivier’s delicious cheeses. For more information about the Klein Rivier Cheese farm click here. We are passionate about keeping children stimulated and safe in the holidays as it is a time where many parents have to work and therefore children are unattended and vulnerable.  We encourage everyone who is interested to get involved by spending some time with the children. By offering art and craft, storytelling, sport and other outdoor activities we can educate and make a difference in our children’s lives. Regina Broenner

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Stanford Creative Works (SCW)

Stanford Creative Works is an early learning program at Die Bron Primary School and Funimfundo Pre-School in Stanford. Our early learning program aims to assist children at an early stage of their lives and build up basic skills that are needed for further academic learning and also for emotional well-being and social interaction with others. With the young child we are focusing to work through the senses in order to help and equip children with tools that are needed to read the world around them and translate the information that is received through the senses into valuable knowledge and adequate responses. We use all the senses and aim to stimulate the whole child with age appropriate play and movement activities.  Children learn through play and therefore we offer a variety of games and also creative activities in our programs. The Stanford Creative Works (SCW) early learning program is close to our hearts as one of the core pillars of our work is supporting young children and their families. Many thanks to the Zoe Carss Education Trust and DK Projects for their ongoing support. Regina Broenner 

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Bringing children’s storybooks to life

Interactive Story Telling and Puppet Show along with an Adult presentation as part of ‘The Night Garden at Montebello’ David Krut Projects Cape Town with Sharon Geffen Thursday 30th March 2017, 18:00 David Krut Projects Cape Town (DKCT) had the pleasure of hosting a children’s interactive storytelling and puppet show followed by an adult presentation by Sharon Geffen as part of ‘The Night Garden at Montebello’. Geffen, a primary school librarian of 19 years, presented a series of interactive stories that allowed for the children to participate as different characters, whilst including elements of movement and music. After the storytelling, Geffen presented an adult talk focusing on the importance of reading to young children. She believes that recent technological advancements are stunting the cognitive development of small children and that using electronic devices at a young age has the ability to disconnect certain neural pathways. As Geffen states:-  “Children’s brains are like sponges but if they are constantly overstimulated they are no longer able to use their critical thinking skills”. DKCT is an educational project space and it is through events and collaborations with educators such as Geffen that we are able to bring awareness to early childhood development along with the growth of literacy amongst children. To join our mailing list contact us, and keep an eye out on our social media platforms for upcoming dates and events. Like and share our page on Facebook Contact Details: For more information about the event or to enquire about future children book events please contact Elize de Beer at elize@davidkrut.com or Daniel Hewson at daniel@davidkrut.com

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Launch of Michele Betty’s poetry anthology Metaphysical Balm

David Krut Projects Cape Town With Michèle Betty and Joan Hambidge Wednesday the 23rd March at 18:00 David Krut Projects Cape Town (DKCT) had the pleasure of launching Michèle Betty’s new poetry anthology entitled, Metaphysical Balm. Betty completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town (UCT) under the mentorship of Joan Hambidge and Metaphysical Balm was completed in partial fulfillment of the MA requirements. Joan Hambidge is a professor in Creative Writing at UCT, and an award-winning poet, novelist, critic and author of several poetry collections, novels, and academic texts. At the event, Betty was in conversation with Hambidge, about the running themes and philosophies within Metaphysical Balm and of poets, such as T.S Eliot, who inspired her anthology. Betty spoke of poetry as a means of healing and consolation rather than a solution. Metaphysical Balm was published by Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd- a bespoke poetry publishing house founded by Hambidge and Betty, dedicated to the promotion and publishing of poetry in South Africa. It is through collaborating with publications such as this one that David Krut Bookstore aims to bring an awareness in and appreciation of South African poetry. To join our mailing list contact us, and keep an eye out on our social media platforms for upcoming dates and events. Like and share our page on Facebook, visit our website www.davidkrutbookstores.com and stand a chance to win a subscription to a poetry journal every quarter. For more information about the event or to enquire about future poetry events at David Krut Projects Cape Town please contact Elize on elize@davidkrut.com or Daniel on daniel@davidkrut.com  

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Word Art at 151 Poetry Sessions – The Second Event

Word Art at 151 Poetry Sessions – The Second Event David Krut Bookstore, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue | Parkwood | Johannesburg Gary Cummiskey, Gérard Rudolf, Myesha Jenkins, Makhosazana Xaba, Linda Ndlovu, Arja Salafranca and Saaleha Idress Bamjee Wednesday 29th March at 18h30 Following the launch of Word Art at 151, the second poetry event in the program took place at David Krut Bookstore last night – and what a splendid event it was! The collaboration with outgoing New Coin editor Gary Cummiskey provided an evening of insightful readings from six poets, each exploring different themes, experiences and voices. This session hosted Gérard Rudolf, Myesha Jenkins, Makhosazana Xaba, Gary Cummiskey, Linda Ndlovu, Arja Salafranca and Saaleha Idress Bamjee who shared recent works with all who attended.   The atmosphere was poignant which allowed the poets to connect with the audience, and after the readings the floor was open to conversation – further developing the platform of discussion around poetry, writing and performance. Our ever-expanding poetry selection is now home to two titles by Makhosazana Xaba; Tongues of their Mothers and These Hands, a title which has just become a set work at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The next poetry session will take place on 24 May 2017 as we launch Kelwyn Sole’s seventh collection of poetry Walking, Falling in association with Deep South Press. Walking, Falling is Kelwyn Sole’s seventh collection of poetry. It extends and deepens themes that emerged in his earlier books: love and human relationships; the exposing of false and clichéd perspectives in our socio-political life; our relationship as South Africans to land and landscape. Rustum Kozain has written about his work: “Whether the theme is the end of a relationship or the murder of immigrants, there is the calm look of analysis, a voice, like a conscience, that threatens to disturb the reader’s complacency, but a voice simultaneously gentle with empathy and sincerity.” To join our mailing list contact us, and keep an eye out on our social media platforms for upcoming dates and events. Like and share our page on Facebook, visit our website www.davidkrutbookstores.com and stand a chance to win a subscription to a poetry journal every quarter. For more information, please contact rachel@davidkrut.com or 011 880 5648  

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