Music Revival to end the year on a high note at Casa Mexicana


MUSIC Revival is closing off the year in a fitting fashion with concerts featuring the talents of ‘Maritzburg pianist, Christopher Duigan, and soprano, Bongiwe Madlala, on Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30.

Both concerts will take place at Casa Mexicana at 35 Montgomery Road, Pietermaritzburg. Continue reading


Domhall Gleeson to play ‘Winnie The Pooh’ author A.A. Milne in new biopic


Domhall Gleeson plays author A.A. Milne — who would take inspiration from his son’s toys to create Winnie-the-Pooh — to write the children’s classic. Photo: David-Appleby/Fox Searchlight Pictures

FINDING Neverland turned the creation of Peter Pan into an Oscar-nominated drama back in 2004, and Fox Searchlight is hoping to follow in those footsteps with its new film, a biopic of A.A. Milne, author created the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh. Continue reading

Jonathan and Angie Scott capture the beauty of Africa’s wildlife in their stunning new book, ‘Sacred Nature’


ESTELLE SINKINS talks to Jonathan Scott about the stunning book, Sacred Nature: Life’s Eternal Dance, which he and his wife, Angela, have released.

The Kenyan-based couple are internationally renowned conservationists who were inspired to create this book by Angela’s love of photography and the work of philosopher Joseph Campbell. The result is a poignant testament to our vanishing wilderness. Continue reading

New book celebrates Durban’s forests and the need for green spaces in cities

IF you have an interest in the natural history of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban in particular, then you need to read The Durban Forest, the first volume in a series of books planned by the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust.

The series will be entitled UmKhuhlu, the African name for Trichilia dregeana, the Forest Mahogany. This large evergreen tree was once common in the old Durban forest and today lines some of the roads on Berea Ridge. It is included in the red list of South African plants.

Biologist, Mark Mattson, the contributing editor of the 300-page hard cover book, spoke to ESTELLE SINKINS about The Durban Forest and the importance of green spaces in cities. Continue reading