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 www.stanzas.co.za for details. In the latest number of NEW CONTRAST there are six unrhymed sonnets about six photographs.
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 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.
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.
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)