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Category: Books

Cape Town – an illustrated poem

Cape Town an Illustrated poem book cover

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.

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Superbalist 100 Innovators

The Superbalist 100 innovators is here again! What is the Superbalist 100 you ask? It’s a list created by the online fashion business Superbalist. It features the top 100 South African innovators creating waves in their industries. The public can ‘vote up’ their favourites and the winner will receive R100 000 in prize money.

Superbalist is an online platform that brings South Africans the best of international and local trends. It provides everything from fashion, home ware and accessories to a youthful audience looking for something on trend and unique.

The Superbalist 100 has 6 sectors: Social Initiatives, Fashion, Creatives, Media, Tech and Business. Here are my Top 9 picks.

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Big Magic

I believe creativity is a form of magic. I believe that the universe gifts us our creativity, and it is up to us to bring forth its creation. I got this idea from Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The book demystifies how to live a creative life without the fear and torment. This book landed on my lap at a time when I was struggling with my creativity and figuring out what I want to do with my life. (Was the universe lending me a hand in some magic way? I think yes!) I suppose it would be a cliché to say this book changed my life. So I will rather say this: it calmed me down, and let me come up for air at a time when I needed to breathe.


The book has six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. These six things are the fundamentals of living a creative life. The book is filled with personal anecdotes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s own creative life and her friends’ creative lives. She writes in a friendly, humorous and inviting way. It makes you feel like she’s written the book just for you. Here is a little taste:

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