Port Elizabeth debut novelist Estée Cockcroft is launching her book, The Eye in the Yellow Bow Tie, on Thursday, September 8, at the Athenaeum in Central.
The Eye in the Yellow Bow Tie is about a boy who grew up in the 1950s during the apartheid days of South Africa, with a tyrant of a father and a sister who bullied him.
“My dream was to write a novel about a one-eyed boy who beats the bullies and gets the girl. I am proud to say that today that book is sitting on the shelf ready to be read by the world,” Cockcroft said.
At the launch, to be held at 6.30pm, she will hold a conversation with Grant Butler from Grey Junior School on topics such as bullying, freedom and self-acceptance – all central themes of the novel. Carmen Smit has illustrated the book. “Estée gave me the initial manuscript to read along with an extensive brief, however she still allowed me to explore my own interpretations and creative concepts,” Smit said.
Using paint, fine liners and water colours, Smit worked on the project for three months, outside of her graphic design job in the day. Soft cover books will be on sale at R250 a copy. ý For more information on the launch contact Cockcroft, 076-298-1115.