Greetings everyone, Sanibona Nonke. And a particular welcome to all the young writers present. All of us here tonight are obviously privileged, so let us spare a thought for our families (including our ancestors) who blessed us with the gift of life; and for our wonderfully dedicated teachers who have given so much of themselves to get us here - to this pinnacle of creative expression and achievement, here in this room. I hope this evening will be an entertaining, instructive and a happy one for you all.
Logos: even the word presented us with some initial problems. To Alan Paton its prime importance and impact were profoundly Christian, stemming presumably from those three or four passages of the Johannine canon in the New Testament; to me, while conceding possibly metaphysical dimensions, the word was a lower case word pertaining primarily to words of reason. In time, as we got to know each other and became less serious with each other, the word appeared to settle somewhere in the middle ground of 'literary discourse.' But it remained a serious word for him as long as I knew him: it always retained at least a hint of the upper case.