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To keep our demons in check, we need to embrace unusual suspects

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To keep our demons in check, we need to embrace unusual suspects

Whether we agree with them or not, stepping away from our reading staples to sample other views is important

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On Sunday morning I sat on the stage of a school hall in Franschhoek and watched someone in the grips of what looked like an unusual form of demonic possession.

I say “unusual” because demonic possession is par for the course at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, or indeed anywhere writers gather.

I don’t want to suggest, by invoking the minions of hell, that writing is an ordeal. Far too many writers spend far too much time whinging about it without also admitting that writing can be a joy and a blessing, providing the sort of intensely focused leisure we last experienced as children playing in mud...

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