This year under Spiritfest’s Winter school theme of ‘The Spiritual journey’, Jeanette Eve will launch her book titled Reminders of Connectedness. This book holds works of poetry which Eve has written over a number of years. The poetry follows reflective, landscape, close-up and meditative themes.
Eve has always had a great love for English literature and poetry. Born in Pretoria, she attended school at St Mary’s Diocesan School for girls, and graduated from Rhodes University with a bachelor’s degree in English and History. She then moved on to obtain her teaching diploma from Pretoria University. Eve later taught English and History at Pretoria Girls’ High School. After moving to Harare, she joined the English department at Arundel independent school for girls, where she taught O and A levels. Upon returning to Makhanda she obtained her honours and MA in English Literature.
It was during her years working as a curator of press clippings at the National English Literary Museum (NELM), that Eve developed her passion for South African writers and recognized her own love for writing poetry. In 2003 Eve published her book titled A Literary Guide to the Eastern Cape, which held about 80 responses to poetry written about places of great beauty in the Eastern Cape.
In 2011 Eve was the author of a new introduction and contributed new material to the Cory Library reprint of Charles Gould’s 1924 Grahamstown Cathedral: a guide and short history.
Having been involved in The Cathedral’s contribution to the National arts festival through At the Still Point, known today as Spiritfest, Reminders of Connectedness had come about with Eve’s love of faith and literature. One of her favourite poems titled In the chancel at Festival Time tells of the experience of mediating in the Cathedral with all the visual stimuli’s present the Cathedral, during the time of festival. It makes use of evocative imagery and speaks of the hymns one would hear through the Cathedral windows.
Be sure to catch the book launch Of Reminders of Connectedness on Wednesday the 4th of July 11:00 at The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral.
For more about Spiritfest see http://www.grahamstowncathedral.org/spiritfest
By Samantha Carolus