If ever you needed a nudge to pick up a book, now is the time. Be part of the latest book launches, author Q&As and more, that are happening via Zoom by checking Exclusive Books’ Facebook page. It is free of charge; all you need to do is register for the webinar!
While on the topic of books, don’t miss this year’s South African Book Fair virtual event. A mix of poetry sessions, author-led panel discussions, SMME skills development workshops, kids-related programmes such as online storytelling, and puppet and theatre shows will form part of the fair. Pencil the 11th to 13th in your diary. For the full programme and tickets, visit www.southafricanbookfair.co.za
Are you a budding young author looking for a challenge? Enter this year’s Word Warrior competition and you could walk away with R1 000 cash and books to the value of R5 000 for your school. If you’re nine to 16-years-old, you can enter by writing dialogue for a play or a movie about the foxy detective Inkomba. Details: 087-237-7781 or visit www.read.org.za
So you think driving on our highways, byways and dodging potholes make you a good driver, right? Well, even the most seasoned driver can benefit from an advanced driving course. Spending time with a professional driving instructor will help you gain insights into defensive driving, road safety, hijacking defence, as well as teach you how to get the best performance from your car – safely. Speed on over to Google, search for one of these great training schools and learn how to really drive. adrenalindrivingacademy.co.za; amgdrivingacademy.co.za; bmwdrivingexperience.co.za; ford.co.za; toyota.co.za; vw.co.za and landrover.co.za. Vroom vroom.
And a thrill a minute
We’re on the edge of our seats with this must-watch series on Showmax. Oscar nominees Jude Law and Naomie Harris star in The Third Day, a six-part psychological thriller set on an alluring and mysterious island. This delightfully dark show is divided into two parts. In ‘Summer’ a man visits a creepy island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost. In the second half, ‘Winter,’ a strong-willed outsider comes to the island seeking answers, but instead causes a battle to decide its fate.
Then we’ve got a gripping sci-fi drama on Netflix. As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile herself to her decision to leave behind her husband and teenage daughter when they need her the most. As the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex. Away shows that sometimes, to reach for the stars, we must leave home behind.