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Wildlife Photographer Shem Compion Presents the Insider’s Guide

Insider\'s GuideJacana presents wildlife photographer Shem Compion’s Insider’s Guide: Top Wildlife Photography Spots in Botswana and Namibia:

Inspired by Africa’s unique beauty, Shem Compion, in the second instalment of a three-part series, explores the best photography spots in Botswana and Namibia. This book provides a comprehensive guide to visiting some of the most remote destinations in the world. The daunting questions of when to go, how to get there, where to stay and what to do are quickly answered. The detailed and instructive photographic notes provide up-to-date information on the vital technical aspects of photography. In addition, this book is a guide to understanding animal behaviour – a photographer’s greatest asset.

Insider’s Guide uncovers the wonders of Botswana from the Okavango Delta, Deception Valley, to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and many more. In Namibia, discover the splendour of the Southern Deserts, the lesser known locations in Etosha National Park as well as the Caprivi Strip. This is an essential guide for photographers, nature enthusiasts and travel junkies to begin their exploration into the vast and beautiful expanses of Botswana and Namibia.

About the author

Shem Compion has dedicated his life to his two passions – photography and nature. This dedication has made him a world-renowned photographer who has had his images published in many iconic magazines. In 2010 Shem supplied all 56 images to the Africa Geographic for the wildlife calendar which went on to sell out within 2 months, the first time it has done so. He has also been the recipient of numerous photographic awards such as winning the birds category in 2009 at the Getaway-Fuji awards.

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TONIGHT: Latest Work Series at WISER with Elleke Boehmer and David Medalie

Sharmilla, and Other PortraitsThe Mistress's DogIn its “Latest Works” series, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) invites you to a conversation with the authors of two recently published books: Elleke Boehmer (Sharmilla, and Other Portraits, published by Jacana) and David Medalie (The Mistress’s Dog, published by Pan Macmillan).

It’s going to be a delightfully intimate occasion – don’t miss your chance to pick these two writers’ fine brains!

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, 10 May 2010
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: WISER Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
    East Campus, Wits University
  • All welcome

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Introducing Clicko: The Wild Dancing Bushman

ClickoForthcoming from Jacana Media

Clicko (Franz Taibosh) was a star performer of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1920s and 1930s. When he died in 1940, an obituary in the New York Times called him “the only African bushman ever exhibited in this country”. But it was not known where he really came from, or how he had come to America – where he was often mistaken for an Australian.

Franz Taibosh danced and yelled on stage as the Wild Dancing Bushman for three decades in music halls, circuses and freak-shows, in England and France, Ireland and Cuba, as well as the United States and Canada. He entertained millions as a little Wild Man who thrilled and enchanted child spectators.

Now, Neil Parsons’ Clicko: The Wild Dancing Bushman evokes the golden age of entertainment, and a lost age when Britain ruled the waves and America stood for the biggest and the best. It traces Franz Taibosh’s early life in South Africa and his Korana ancestry, and shows how Bushmen from Africa became exhibits in Western show business. It takes the reader through Franz’s misery under a vicious manager into his years of self-fulfilment as a member of an American show-business family. In these pages the reader encounters showbiz tsars and university anthropologists, the original Zip the Pinhead, real-life characters later immortalised in the novels of John Buchan and James Joyce, and the archetypal “small brown man” of Carl Jung.

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Kenneth Good Hits Back with Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana

Diamonds Dispossession and Democracy in BotswanaKenneth GoodIs Botswana still an “African miracle”?

Kenneth Good was Professor of Political Studies at the University of Botswana when he was declared an “unwanted immigrant” and expelled from the country. Now he has written a book that expands on the research that caused the controversy: Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana.

Thanks to diamonds, Botswana’s growth rate was the highest in the world in the thirty years into the 1990s. Since the eve of independence in 1965 it has held regular parliamentary elections which were judged free on polling day. However, a duopoly of presidentialism and ruling party predominance stimulated arrogance and complacency among the country’s rulers, stifling debate and preventing change. Good’s book asks probing questions about the state of politics in South Africa’s neighbour to the north:

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Sugar Girls, Seamen and the Scholar

Sugar Girls and SeamenHenry TrotterWhile many academics are stuck in ivory towers, out of touch with the beat on the street, Henry Trotter has been keeping company with sex workers and sailors. The research behind Sugar Girls and Seamen formed part of his PhD.

Trotter, whose own father was a sailor in the US Navy, transformed his thesis into accessible language to make the world of seafarers at the dockside accessible to readers who would otherwise never have an inkling.

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Rosamund Kendal Stitches Together Writing and Medicine

Karma SutureRosamund Kendal The life of the doctor-writer is not for the faint of heart, even though it is rich with opportunities for writerly “research” and the frequent face-to-face meetings it affords with real-life “characters” in “interesting” situations that provide a rich vein of “inspiration”.

Rosamund Kendal, author of Karma Suture, did her medical training at the University of Cape Town and her internship at Tygerberg Hospital (also in Cape Town). She speaks candidly with Lauren de Beer about the person she perceived she was becoming – “I wasn’t ready for a long time to deal with the emotional trauma of working in medicine. I took the research job because I didn’t like the person I was turning into – I was becoming hard and inhumane. I was seeing patients, especially those with HIV, as just numbers.”

A fascinating interview about a woman striving for integrity in her dual practise:

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