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The Unseen Genius

The Unseen Genius

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By the picturesque Cape seaside town of Hermanus, South Africa, the apartheid police have located a bloodstained rock on a coastal path and hand-written pages blowing along the shoreline. The author of these pages, Joseph Salem, a young biologist, has apparently fallen over the cliff-face into the sea. His girlfriend, Lexa Du Plessis, alerted the police to this accident. But when the police suspect these pages to be political writing, a mystery unfolds as she races for clues to his strange disappearance as the police begin to arrest Joseph’s friends.

At the heart of this mystery, set over a weekend in the politically turbulent mid-1980s in South Africa, is the story of a family whose son is deciding his future as his father struggles with memories which betray his own past. It is a novel which serves as a powerful metaphor for apartheid and for generations who are waiting to fulfil their dreams.

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London Bites: Eight Stories

London Bites: Eight Stories

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In the early 1990s London was a different city when these eight stories and seven poems were written. After the fall of the Berlin wall and the London poll tax riots, Nelson Mandela, newly freed from prison, visited an ecstatic Wembley Stadium. Camden market entertained an edgier, more aloof punkiness, and Pavarotti sang in the rain in Hyde Park. Meanwhile the city’s timelessness played out when Lord’s cricket ground hosted the Benson & Hedges cup final.

As the world’s artistic, political and sporting icons visited London, in 1990 it was also filled with South African exiles. Apartheid was not yet defeated. Brandon Broll arrived in London as a poet and writer exploring his newly adopted city.

Eight London stories, some poignant, others with a twist in the tail, expose the everyday and the unusual. Eloise is an aspiring poet on the London poetry reading circuit who discovers something enticing. Softdrinks delivery men delivering to pubs and clubs reveal what they really think. A music student suspects a poltergeist is loose in her disbelieving houseshare. While a South African exile finds more than he expected by a vegetable patch. 

Enriching these stories and others of urban life in the city are seven textured poems published in London anthologies at the time. In London Bites, Brandon Broll explores a cultural richness, English humour and ethnic diversity in Londoners that, in any era, inhabits the public and very private spaces of this great city.

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Still-life of a Pandemic: In Three Books

Still-life of a Pandemic: In Three Books

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Still-life of a Pandemic: In Three Books is an “easily readable” and “brilliant” account of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-21 “written with pathos and understanding of these unprecedented times”. Garnering reviews of being “heart-rending” while “humane and accessible”, it is penned by a world poet.

Still-life of a  Pandemic: In Three Books takes us beyond how the media, politicians or scientists have portrayed the pandemic, to the heart of intensely personal experiences of ordinary people, the heroic and the unspoken.

Book one: Street of the hollow eyes was first published in summer 2020. It explores with a haunting reality and poignancy, the life of an ordinary family of four trying to get on in these times when the father develops a fever.

In this volume, Book two: Living the Lockdowns and Book three: The Covid-19 Vaccine Race are newly incorporated, expanding the reach of Still-life of a Pandemic into subjects not only very personal but of national and international importance.

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Still-life of a Pandemic: Book 1

Still-life of a Pandemic

Book 1: Street of the hollow eyes

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The date is March 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic is sweeping the world, instigating lockdown in country upon country. Life has suddenly changed, personal freedom is a thing of the past, as friends and extended family are separated through social distancing.

In a small house in ‘the street of the hollow eyes’ lives a family of four in an ordinary neighbourhood trying to get on in these times. Until the extraordinary happens when the father develops a fever…

Described by one reviewer as “heart-rending” and another as “written with pathos and understanding of these unprecedented times”, readers of any age get a unique insider’s view of the trials, kindnesses and poignant dislocation of people caught up in this pandemic.

What do readers say ?

“Brilliant. So accurate to how we’re  feeling. Blown away!” Heidi Flax (South Africa)

“This poem reflects with articulate and painful empathy what so many families have been through.” Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg (UK)

“A humane and accessible work which anyone of any age could understand and relate to.” Hilary Tait (UK) 

“A lesson to all those people who don’t take this seriously. It should be read by everyone.” Astrid Kerby (South Africa)

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Peter Stern discusses his work as a voice over artist and how he went about narrating Still-life of a Pandemic: Book 1.

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Cat Doodles

Art Post: Cat Doodles

In the first of a series of art posts, we hope you enjoy these informal line-drawing doodles of Barbara Jackson. Here the artist explores various poses of her cat named Bumble. Depending on the length of the phone call, the artist sketched images of her cat that were variously detailed or quickly drafted with a fine pen. The accuracy and eye of this artist accomplished in the art of etching is plain to see.

(Images copyright: Barbara Jackson)

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Artist: Barbara Jackson

Barbara Jackson and Brandon Broll

In a series of forthcoming art posts, we have the rare honour to view the line-drawing doodles of an award winning artist. Doodles aren’t usually meant for an audience. In this case done while the artist was busy speaking on the telephone, they are a spur of the moment inspiration. Before Barbara Jackson shares her intriguing ‘telephone doodles’, let’s introduce this accomplished printmaker who has contributed her line drawings to books by Brandon Broll. 

Born in London, artist Barbara Jackson has over many years built a reputation for her remarkable and memorable etchings, and as an art teacher of Holocaust survivor victims. She has been awarded five prizes for her printmaking. Her work has appeared at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on several occasions, as well as at the Mall and OXO galleries  in London.

A graduate of the prestigious St Martin’s School of Art in London, Barbara Jackson chose etching as her main art form, the process of incising or etching lines in a metal printing plate after which ink is applied to form the image on a sheet of paper. It is a difficult, highly specialist process, traditionally used by artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso.

“I am a printmaker and painter who is fascinated by conveying people and architecture in a moody atmospheric manner which can tell a story,” she says. “I love to capture the play of light and tonality of an image.” Her etchings are often finished in black and white for the atmosphere that stark and subtle shades of grey and dark can create highlighting a pose, an expression, the mood of a figure.

Barbara Jackson’s Jewish heritage includes her parents fleeing Nazi Germany for London. In 2015, to honour Holocaust Memorial day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps (where both her grandmother and great-aunt died), she created a special exhibition of paintings, etchings and multi-media work detailing the journey of her father from Germany to England.

Titled Dance of Life: The Story of a German Jewish Family, the exhibition not only revealed the breadth and depth of Barbara Jackson’s artistic skills beyond just printmaking, but also the source of the familiar and profound atmospheres she creates of people in contemplative moods revealing the power of light and shadow.

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Riols Quarter

Riols Quarter is the publishing company which owns and publishes this website. The name Riols originates from a village in the south of France. It seems surprising a publishing company based in London should choose this French name. Why is this village of Riols, its history and environment, significant ?

On the surface it seems rather puzzling that a publishing company registered in London should be called Riols Quarter?  Until you consider who set it up and what Riols as a place represents to the founder, Brandon Broll. To this maverick writer, anti-apartheid activist, electrician, scientist, historian, poet, nature lover…

The ancient village of Riols, or more correctly ‘commune of Riols’ for that is the French term used, is situated in the Haut Languedoc, haut meaning high in the altitudinal sense, for this village is situated in a high valley of the Languedoc surrounded by majestic forested mountains. If Riols sounds remote, it is, yet for centuries the French people in this area have fought invaders from far and wide who have come to threaten their independence.  

Stretching back at least to the medieval Cathars, the people of these mountains have cherished something specific and powerful. Freedom. Self-esteem. Independence. Respect. That has been their message. And for this powerful message, for their maverick voices and actions towards this end, they have been persecuted. Memorials pepper these mountains attesting to their bravery and to their persecution.

Tourists visit this region for the romance and tragedy that surrounds the Cathar massacres of the 13th century. The Cathars were a Christian dualist movement whose beliefs rejected the church as part of the material world whereas they considered religion spiritual. Pope Innocent III called for the Albigensian Crusade which massacred 20,000 Cathars in the nearby city of Beziers. In the mountains near Riols, the maverick Cathars held out to the bitter end in four defensive castles clustered on rocky ridges at Lastours.

While Catharism exists in some quarters to the present day,  a courageous stand we can perhaps more easily relate to today is the bravery of people in these mountains who resisted Nazi invasion during the Second World War. Memorials to resistance fighters are commonplace in this area, including in Riols, and Riols features on ‘La Route de la Resistance Dans les Haut Cantons’, a route linking important sites of Nazi resistance.  

Day to day the villagers of Riols are quiet but friendly, living behind the sun-drenched shutters of their stone homes, enjoying regular social events in the square. The population which exceeds 700 is slowly growing, there are more than a few independent-minded mavericks here, yet few people other than the French visit Riols or know of it. Trout fishermen quietly arrive to cast their fly hooks onto the clean, slow flowing water of the Jaur river, and groups of hikers tread through passing from one mountain to another.

When Brandon Broll was looking for a bolt-hole to escape to away from the bustle of London, he chose Riols because “it reminded me of the Cape.” The Mediterranean climate, towering mountains, vineyards, and wild open spaces must have reminded him of what he had left behind in South Africa. Even though London had been his adult home for thirty years, “the subtleties of home as a child often remains the dream of home as an adult”.  Especially, if as an exile, you were forced to leave it.

Apart from its rich political history, Riols is set in the Parc Naturel Regional du Haut Languedoc. This regional nature park which includes inhabited rural villages and towns, is designated an area of outstanding beauty so as to protect the scenery and heritage. Its importance in nature conservation is recognised by the French government and protected by sustainable economic development. It is here that Brandon Broll, whose childhood embraced nature, who qualified as a botanist and zoologist at the highest level but whose career as a biologist was destroyed by politics, later chose this bolt-hole as a writer.

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Brandon Broll

Author of the International Bestselling
Science Book Microcosmos.

“Astonishing. Amazing. Impressive”. Alexander Theroux, The Wall Street Journal.
“This book will amaze and fascinate you”. Louisa Harper, Waterstone’s.
 “Microcosmos explores the beauty of our world”. Chicago Sun-Times.
“Readers can marvel at this striking collection”. Nature.

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