Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A morning of Monsters en Faeries with Antjie Krog

Following from the tremendous success of the Thursday Youth Programme with the outstanding In Zynch Sessions, we looked to Friday with some anticipation. Here we had one of South Africa’s greatest poets, arriving in McGregor this morning, and presenting a programme for young children. 

And boy, did the children arrive! We had to move the event to the NG Kerk, as over 450 excited children arrived. Some were bused in- special thanks to Sally Anne Murray and Stellenbosch University for a generous donation towards these costs – from neighbouring farm schools, and what a treat it was to host these children. 

Antjie Krog was a revelation. She knew exactly how to relate to the children and the packed church was enraptured by her tales of spooks, monsters and fairies. 

She had them stomping the wooden floorboards so hard I thought the church would come down! It was a triumph! Her address was followed by local children coming to the front of the church to recite their own songs and rhymes. The children were a treat, and entertained the happy audience for another thirty minutes.

We left the church knowing that the day had seen something very special- I am sure it was one the children will never forget. Thank you, Antjie Krog! You are a very special, super talented lady!

David Magner

All event pictures at the following link:

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