Latest Publication


In September 2015, the Crane River Press published, in Cape Town, a short biography, THE MAN WITH THE SUITCASE, The Life, Execution and Rehabilitation of John Harris, Liberal Terrorist.  Fifty years ago, John Harris was hanged for having placed a bomb in the concourse of Johannesburg station, which caused the death of a bystander and injured horribly others nearby.  Although Harris had warned the police and the press about the bomb, no effort to clear the concourse was made.  Driver has come up with new evidence that the decision not to clear the concourse after the warnig may have been made as deliberate policy.


There are three poems by C.J.Driver in the new literary magazine, STANZAS, No I (September 2015) - see for details. In the latest number of NEW CONTRAST there are six unrhymed sonnets about six photographs.

Recent Events


In March 2014, Jonty was invited to be one of the readers at the Mandela Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey, and there read a short passage from the 'Robben Island Bible', i.e. an extract from Julius Caesar which Nelson Mandela had signed and dated in 1977.


In November 2014, at the evening service in Westminster Abbey, the Revd Chris Chivers read the sequence of poems entitled REQUIEM, first published in 1997, with a cello accompaniment by Brian O'Kane (excerpts from J.S.Bach's 1st Cello Suite).  The poems were printed in the order of service. In July 2015, Jonty himself read the sequence as part of the JAM festival in the Romney Marshes, with Peter Fields' playing on the violin pieces from the Bach Suites No 2. 

In 2014 and again in 2015, Jonty was a guest at the Boekbedonnerd Festival in Richmond in the Karoo, South Africa, reading from recent books and answering questions.
C.J.Driver published four major pieces of literary work in 2013:
* In March, a sequence of twenty-two poems, under the general title of "Before", was published in the South African literary magazine, New Contrast No. 161. Most of the poems were drafted when Driver held a fellowship at the Hawthornden International Writers' Centre in Scotland in 2012.


* In June, the Kingston University Press (KUP) published My Brother & I, one of its series of short biographies, and joint-winner of the anonymous competition organised by the KUP last year. My Brother & I is available from the Legend Press (£6.99 plus postage) or from Amazon.


* In September, Mampoer Shorts published as an e-book Used to be Great Friends, an essay in autobiography, a revised and updated version of an essay published first in Granta in 2002. Unfortunately, it is no longer available.


* In November, the Happenstance Press published a pamphlet of twenty-four selected poems with the title Citizen of Elsewhere. It may be ordered from Happenstance Press for £5.00 plus £1.00 p&p (less from subscribers to the Happenstance Press).






Sun, then shadows spiraling

across the lawn and into the poppies

as if released by what is barely wind.

Things you said I find I half-remember

but didn’t take the time to note.  

Who cares?

I have a small desire to know better 

what I should have recorded. 

My turn it is to mow the lawn.

You will sit in a deck-chair to watch me.


       (first published in the TLS, March 2015)