Today, I was lucky enough to be invited to The Skip Garden for the launch of Sita Brahmachari’s wonderful new book, ‘Where the River Runs Gold’ which is on our Moving On long list this year. This is a powerful, thought-provoking story, set at a time when bees have disappeared and plants are pollinated by hand using child labour. It is a stunning piece of writing and its main characters, Shifa and Themba, are beautifully portrayed.
The Skip Garden is a fascinating place and made the perfect backdrop for the launch. The team who worked on this project with Sita are obviously very passionate about the book - and there was such a lovely warmth between them. Speeches were made and then Sita spoke, not only about ‘Where the River Runs Gold’ but also about her childhood, entertaining us by ‘channelling’ her father, speaking to us as he would have had he been there.
Amid the noise from the surrounding area, Sita spoke passionately about the importance of children realising they can make a difference and that their voices can be heard, about the importance of looking after our world and the people in it.
Sita did a reading whilst in the polytunnel, a very fitting location for the extract she chose. She read with such conviction and expression I think everyone was disappointed when she finished! We then were able to explore the Skip Garden and look at all the amazing work they are doing.
When we re-grouped for a drink and some delicious nibbles, we were taught how to make an origami seed packet in which to gather our own collection of seeds.
It was a suitably fabulous celebration of a wonderful book and its lovely author. Thanks very much for inviting me!
Where the River Runs Gold Sita Brahmachari
Orion ISBN: 978-1510105416