Twenty tales about life’s great challenges

Mignonne Breier of Lakeside, Karina Szczurek of Rosebank and Dawn Garisch of Kalk Bay.

Kalk Bay author Dawn Garisch launched a collection of short stories, What Remains, at the Book Lounge on Thursday August 17. She was in conversation with Mignonne Breier, winner of the 2022 Sunday Times Literary Award for non-fiction.

Published by Karavan Press, the book of 20 stories has taken Dr Garisch, who is also a medical doctor, poet, playwright, film producer and teacher, 20 years to complete.

A blurb by Breier on the publisher’s website has this to say about What Remains: “Dawn Garisch, author, poet, playwright and medical doctor, writes about human relationships with extraordinary empathy, humour and courage. The 20 stories in this marvellous collection are no exception. Her medical knowledge, adventurous spirit and bold frankness shine through tales about life’s great challenges, from conception to death, while her playwright’s use of dialogue evokes the voices and spirits of her characters. These are stories to savour and treasure.”

Dr Garisch is also the founding member of the Life Righting Collective, running all-inclusive writing courses for those wanting to express themselves.

In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/CAN Fiction Award for her novel, Breaking Milk, which will be published in the UK by Héloïse Press next year.

From left, Sue Custers from Marina Da Gama, Gill Robey from the CBD and Mignonne Breier from Lakeside. Picture, Karen Watkins.

Biddy Greene from Observatory with Letalvis Cobbins from Gardens. Picture, Karen Watkins.
Janet Giddy of Mowbray with Giles Griffin of Lakeside.
Tanya March of Plumstead with Carla Bidoli of Kommetjie.
Kyla Hazell of Tamboerskloof with Dela Gwala of Gardens.