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Long Street Doors Poster #1

In Istanbul, at my request, my true love liberated an experimental-film festival poster off a wall opposite a bar in cobbled courtyard. It was a view a hundred windows. I like windows. He rolled it up and carried all those windows all day in his backpack and then all the way home to Africa. Now I’m looking at them, spread out on my kitchen table as I type and eat toast and drink tea (of course). I like doors too. The Turkish playwright, Mehmet Murat Ilidan wrote that: “Life is a house with millions of doors. Here is a good strategy of life: Open the doors, open as much as you can, open as much as possible, open the doors!” Devilskein & Dearlove is all about doors and since it is set in Long Street, I have begun a collection of ‘Long Street Doors’. This is the first poster.

Long Street Doors Poster No1

Devilskein&Dearlove is due to be published by Random House Umuzi in SA and Arachne press in the UK in July 2014. It is a ‘Secret Garden’ for the 21st century, set in Long Street Cape Town. Perfect for precocious readers from the age of 12 and up!


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