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Pictures from the Party in Rozet

September 25, 2013

By Holland Park Press

The stunning auditorium in Rozet, Arnhem’s new arts centre, formed a fitting setting for a literary party to celebrate Karen Jenning’s stay in Arnhem.

Arnold Jansen op de Haar presented the evening in his own inimitable style and got the evening really going by treating us to a few of his new poems from the autumn 2013 edition of Het Liegend Konijn plus a moving poem about his mother who died in April.

The photographer (aka the publisher) wasn’t ready to capture this part of the evening but a rapt audience was packed.

the audience

Pieter Thomassen introduced us to a few witty stories about Axel Graafland which had members of the audiences in stitches. Watch out for Axel’s adventures in our October Magazine.

Pieter Thomassen

Singer songwriter Hanneke de Jong’s gentle songs, wonderfully complimented the spoken word.

Hanneke de Jong

Then on to the highlight of the evening: Arnold Jansen op de Haar and Karen Jennings in discussion about Finding Soutbek, literature and language.

Arnold Jansen op de Haar interviews Karen Jennings

Karen explained how she had been touched by the beauty of the Western Cape and the desolation of some of its coloured rural communities without access to any means of existence, education and hope of a better future. It inspired her to write Finding Soutbek: a vital alternative view of the Rainbow Nation.

Karen Jennings reads

The piles of books rapidly disappeared during Karen’s busy signing session.

Karen signing

The evening evolved into a merry party and an impromptu meeting place for old (army) friends

the party afterwards

Holland Park Press thanks Kunstbedrijf Arnhem for making the wonderful auditorium available to host this event.