This excerpt comes from a piece by Elleke that appeared in the South African Sunday Times on 15 March 2020.
Southern light – anyone who has experienced it recognises instantly – the blazing, concentrated, white-blue light of the southern hemisphere. It bakes the short stories in To the Volcano, which are set in Argentina, South Australia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This light is in many ways their ultimate source.
In my youth, Durban-born, I always took this light for granted, that is, until suddenly I didn’t have it any more. I had moved to a place 51 degrees north and never thought how much I’d miss it. I’ve spent my time since working my way back to it.
Elleke’s short stories will be featured in the 14 January 2020 edition of Blackwell’s Short Stories Aloud – The most fun you can have in a bookshop on a Tuesday night.
Listen to actors read short stories read by our guest authors. This month we are joined by Julie Mayhew, author of ‘Impossible Causes’, and Elleke Boehmer, ‘To The Volcano and Other Stories’ . After hearing short stories (and eating some cake) there will be questions from Sarah Franklin, author of ‘Shelter’, and the audience.
To the Volcano has been reviewed by Susan Osborne in her blog A Life in Books. An excerpt:
These are insightful, intelligent stories full of characters pursuing their dreams but often meeting with disappointment, unable to make a decisive move, pulled back by a longing for home or an inability to escape their past and often left lonely as a result. An enjoyable collection, written with a quietly perceptive insight.