ISBN 9780620398572
Pages 58
Dimensions 276 x 203mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations
Published 2007
Publisher Botsotso Publishing , South Africa
Format Paperback

Blue Wings

by Allan Kolski Horwitz

A giraffe, trapped in a hollow baobab after a flood, comes to an agreement with an exhausted blue bird. The keeping, or breaking, of her promise drives each day forward as she struggles with her conscience in the face of temptation. All the while, the blue bird suffers captivity, until finally, a gazelle, also in flight across the desert which now surrounds the baobab, triggers a way out. Each of them must learn that freedom cannot be achieved by betrayal, or by good intentions or prayer; and that true freedom comes from within.

Blue Wings is a more gentle tragedy than a comedy, which is refreshing because far too many things for children intend to amuse rather than engage.

Anna Varney's illustrations are vibrant and painterly.


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About the Author

Allan Kolski Horwitz

ALLAN KOLSKI HORWITZ was born in 1952 in Vryburg, South Africa but grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to live in Johannesburg in 1986. Since then he has worked as an organiser and educator in the trade union and social housing movements. He is a writer in various genres as well as being a songwriter and singer. Since leaving full-time employment in the trade unions in 2009, he continues on an ad hoc with his work as an educator and activist. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters poetry performance group and of the Botsotso Publishing editorial board.