I’ve spent the last week being a tourist in my own city. In Cape Town it’s really not hard to be a tourist every day with new shops, pop-up stores, events, markets and simple scenic drives just a stone’s throw away. Appreciating the incredible beauty this city has to offer got me hunting for a very special book I bought not too long ago. It’s called Cape Town – an illustrated poem by Julia Grey.
I bought this book after I heard Julia Grey speak at my high school, to be honest, I can’t remember what she said, but I do remember thinking that I had to get her book. The book is a work of art in itself. Grey is a graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT in Cape Town. The book started as a holiday project in her second year of studies in 2002. It continued to grow and when she graduated she took the step to publish it. The book is a journey of self-discovery and impressions of a young person living in Cape Town at the time.