A local’s mo­ving me­moir

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Out & About - – S­te­fan Goo­sen

Jo­an Lou­w­rens is a doc­tor who has been a re­si­dent of Knys­na sin­ce 1984. At the re­cent Knys­na Li­te­r­a­ry Fes­ti­val she laun­ched her first book Ma­king Track. She says the book was birt­hed out of ad­ver­si­ty af­ter her hus­band had pas­sed a­way w­hen their child­ren we­re still young, and she wan­ted to do­cu­ment his li­fe for them. “But I re­a­li­sed his li­fe mig­ht ha­ve been a bit short to wri­te a­bout pro­per­ly, so it mor­phed in­to so­mething el­se. It has his s­to­ry in it, but al­so con­tains so­me of my own li­fe ex­pe­rien­ces. From wor­king on the is­land of St He­le­na to cy­cling from Ca­pe to Cai­ro – it’s all in the­re. From tra­vel­ling to ad­ven­tu­re, all w­hi­le sur­vi­ving with two kids.”

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