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Tea and Imago at the Book Lounge

Imago No.2Please join us for a cup of tea at the Book Lounge on Monday 8 March, from 5.30pm, to celebrate the publication of Imago No.2.

This is an opportunity for contributors to come and collect their copies of the journal, as well as for outsiders to purchase a copy.

Three from Imago No.2

Imago No.2We are delighted to announce the arrival of the second issue of Imago.

Contributors to Imago No.2, Vol.1, 2010

Simon Abbott, Sam Beckbessinger, Lauren Beukes, Ryan Cannell, Sarah Frost, Kevin Hoole, Karen Jennings, Keith Edwin Jennings, Liam Kruger, Liesl Jobson, Matthew Milne, Helen Moffett, Busi Mnguni, Redvers, Donald Powers, Simon van Schalkwyk, Nobantu Shabangu, Tamaryn Sutherland

Three from Imago No.2

From Smileys by Lauren Beukes

Thozama is not a sheep. Not like these heads in their bloody packets at her feet, with pink tongues lolling from their mouths, lips curled back, revealing sharp and yellowed herbivore incisors, like a smile, like a sneer, like men when you can’t tell what they are thinking. Like this man, Soldier, who has swung in to the scalloped plastic seat facing her on the train and leaned over to introduce himself.

It’s not as if there aren’t plenty of open seats in this carriage, second class. The trains going to town are gagging with people, literally choking them out onto the platform with every heave of the doors, but there are not so many heading back to Langa at eight fifteen in the morning.


Bitter Firstfruits by Liam Kruger

Make me Irish;
Let my death be bloody and sweet
And merry, a grin hued into my
Paling face as I become carrion.
Let my children, bastards all,
Pick gold out of my pockets,
And steal iron nails from my boots.
Let a drink be poured out for me,
A flicker of silence, before the brew settles,
On a cold night, in a warm room.
Let there be a song, on some days,
That has strangers weep for a me
That was not, and for my untrue death.


From Sniping in Savannah by Helen Moffett

We were asking for trouble. One white woman and two brown men heading out to explore the back roads of rural Georgia, USA, over the St Patrick’s Day weekend of 2007. But it smelled and looked like spring at last, and we were desperate to escape the featureless, tentacled sprawl of Atlanta.

It started at the car rental stall at the Emory Conference Center. I stared in dismay at the vast white beast ticking and blinking before me (‘a free upgrade, ma’am!’). My gleeful companions promptly dubbed it the Titanic. I would be driving it every mile of the way, well over a thousand of them. We were quick learners; in two months in the South, we had only ever seen one white person pulled over by the highway police – a stringy, long-haired youth who was led away in handcuffs. As a middle-class white woman with a formidable frown and an imposing bosom, I was sacrosanct, and we all knew it.


Preview Imago No.2 in the Little White Bakkie ebooks store
Imago No 2, Vol 1 2010

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Imago on Peony Moon

Imago No.1In anticipation of the next issue of Imago, we take a look back at Imago No.1 recently featured on Michelle McGrane’s blog, Peony Moon.

Issue 1 includes contributions by Simon Abbott, Diane Awerbuck, Leila Bloch, Kyle Fullerton, John Higgins, Karen Jennings, Matthew Kalil, Jordan Kantey, Matthew Koehorst, Sophy Kohler, Emma Lombard, Peter Merrington, Masande Ntshanga, Redvers, Farrah Schwab, Oliver Strang and Nick Wicht.

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Your Advert HereImago is an independent literary journal which published the fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays of UCT past and present students and staff. While the journal is affiliated with the University of Cape Town it is distributed more widely.

We are currently compiling the next issue of Imago which we plan to bring out in August/September 2009. There is some space available in the journal for adverts (of any kind) which would help us fund the printing of the issue.

If you think you/your company/your product could benefit from an advert in Imago or you would like to know more, please contact us at


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Donald Powers Wins Imago Poetry Competition!

Load-sheddingKafkaCongratulations to Donald Powers who wins a signed copy of Load Shedding: Writing on and over the edge of South Africa, edited by Sarah Nuttall and Liz McGregor, for his poem “Wake, Gregor”.

Second place goes to Ryan Cannell for “Imago (Reverse Metamorphosis)”
And third place to “The Day” by Tamaryn Sutherland
The top three poems will be published in Imago No.2, 2009.

Participants were asked to write a poem with the subject “imago”. We sweated over a decision of who should win, most were deserving. Congratulations to Donald Powers! DHL will deliver your prize.

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Happy Birthday, Ben-Editor!

Low-Carb Birthday

For those of you who don’t know it, today is the birthday of BOOK SA’s very own Ben Williams, aka “Ben-Editor”.

Happy Birthday, Ben! I hope you get a birthday cake and not a birthday steak

RIP Cecil Skotnes (1926-2009)

Thelma, Cecil and Pippa Skotnes

According to the Mercury, this weekend saw the passing of one of South Africa’s great artists, Cecil Skotnes, at age 82. Skotnes is known for his work at Roarke’s Drift and Polly Street art centres and recognisable by a distinctive style dominated by sharp coloured woodprints.

In 2003, the South African government awarded him the Order of the Ikhamanga (Gold) for his contribution to South African art. He is survived by his wife, Thelma (pictured left), and his daughter, Pippa (pictured right).
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Imago Competition: “Write UCT Write!”

Grasshopper metamorphosis

Imago (n): The final stage in the metamorphosis of an insect

At the end of 2008, at the launch of the first edition of the resurrected Imago, we mentioned that the next edition would contain a competition. The competition details were vague at the time of the launch but, now almost perfected, we bring them to you here:
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Imago Finally Fully Eclosed

Imago No. 1, Spring, 2008 Peter Merrington and Sophy KohlerFriday 14th November saw the final stage in the re-emergence of Imago on to Cape Town’s literary scene. The 2008 version of the journal, with its origins in the 80s, was met with much enthusiasm and support not only from its current contributors but also from those who had once been published between its pages, and those who simply knew the name.

Diane Awerbuck and Henrietta Rose-Innes After considering various possible launching venues, including Versailles at the suggestion of contributor Diane Awerbuck, we eventually settled on everyone’s favourite art gallery: Curious, Whetstone and Frankley. It would have taken too long to get everyone’s passports organised and, what with the current financial crisis, who can really afford to fly?

Peter Merrington Peter Merrington, the founder of Imago, had with him copies dating back to the first 1981 issue which kept people entertained but also made a valuable addition to his speech on the resurrection of this important journal.
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Tamlin Blake’s Private Spaces – 5 to 29 November

Private Spaces

Curious, Whetstone and Frankley is currently holding an exhibition by artist Tamlin Blake called Private Spaces. Besides being a stunning exhibition, Curious-style, Private Spaces will also be the backdrop for the launch of Imago 2008.

If you can’t make it to the Imago launch on 14th November at the gallery then at least come and visit the exhibition, it’s on until the 29th. And includes a fishtank with some rather cool fish, for sale of course:

“Private Spaces” is Tamlin’s curious and organic interpretation of privacy and maternal intimacy. Her reverse glass painting and her beaded baby skins are tactile and sometimes discomforting in their corporeal and substantially natural form.Tamlin Blake’s unaffected reflection of the occasionally sanguine processes of the body belies a powerful message.

Tamlin Blake majored in sculpture during her undergraduate studies, and then specialized in botanical art and received both her Honours- (1999) and Masters Degree (2001) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

She has exhibited extensively and received many grants and awards, among them a Brett Kebble Merit award in 2003. Her work is currently being exhibited in the Spier Contemporary Exhibition, South Africa.

Her work can be found in the Contemporary Collection for The New Hollard House at Villa Arcadia, the Spier Holdings Contemporary Art Collection and the collections of South African Breweries, Absolut Vodka, Nandos (UK) and the Bead Merchants of Africa.

Examples of Tamlin’s botanical artwork canbe found in the collections of the University of Stellenbosch Botany Department, Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in Cape Town and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, USA. As well as the Water Colour Society of Ireland at the University of Limerick and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia.

Event Details

  • Date: 5 to 29 November
  • Time: Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 2pm
    Saturday, 10am to 2pm
    Or by appointment: 072 596 3099
  • Venue: Curious, Whetstone and Frankley
    87A Station Rd
    Observatory (Next to the bridge)
    Cape Town