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Guest poem: Visiting the Owl House

This poem by Judith Wilkinson was published in the Salzburg Poetry Review. We have reprinted it here with her permission.   1 Approach Descending the mountain road after a long day’s drive through dust lands, we found Nieu-Bethesda as sleepy as we’d imagined it, its whitewashed church – the one she never visited – still […]

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The Owl House

The near demise of the Owl House

Did you know that the Owl House was almost destroyed and refurbished as municipal offices some years ago? The story goes that Helen Martins‘ precious Owl House nearly met its early end when the local municipality, who owns the property, was looking for a new office building and management considered flattening the Camel Yard and […]

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Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

If you had ever visited the Helen Martins Museum, which was Huldah van Wyk‘s brain child, you would have seen a number of copied documents against the walls. These include letters to Miss Helen’s friends during her last months. This is also where one of my favourite quotes come from, and it gives us some insight […]

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