Don’t miss the launch of Julia Martin’s powerful memoir of dementia The Blackridge House at Epworth Prep School in Pietermaritzburg
More about the book!
Jonathan Ball Publishers and Epworth Prep School are thrilled to invite you to the launch of The Blackridge House by Julia Martin.
Julia will be in conversation with Mary Gardner.
The Blackridge House is a meditation on belonging, of the stories we tell of home and family and of the precarious footprint of life.
Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019
Venue: Epworth Prep School Library (enter through main gates on Golf Road), 95 Golf Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 033 846 2539
Julia Martin explains why this launch is significant: ‘The Blackridge House began in conversations with my mother Elizabeth Martin, at the end of her life. She had forgotten many things, but what still gleamed bright was the memory of her beloved childhood home at Blackridge. The address was lost, but it became important to me to find it. The book is the story of that meandering quest.
‘To be launching it at Epworth is a particular joy that she would have appreciated keenly. During the 1960s and 70s Mrs Martin, as she was known, was one of the defining teachers at the junior school, where the experimental ethos of the time provided the perfect environment for her to live out her strongly-held conviction that, as she always said, “every child is creative”.
‘Having myself been one of exceptionally lucky young people who grew up in the rich educational ecosystem of Epworth during those years, it’s moving now to be returning to the place where I learnt to read and write. And to be in talking about the book with our fabulous matric English teacher, Mary Gardner! This is a very special delight.’