Roosting spot for Lana Hunneyball...
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Flotsam & Jetsam
You are invited on a journey …
twenty years of flotsam and jetsam
washing onto my beach …
moments of observation and birthing
waymarks of inner and outer journey
in a turbulent land
the vagaries of silence and words
passion, sadness, hard-hitting indictments
acceptance, deep peace and reverence.
The heavy weight and flimsy nothing of existence
illuminating fragments of a life fully examined.
“A brilliant record of far-flung experience and
the ongoing process of making sense of it through language.” Jacques Coetzee, of author An Illuminated Darkness and co-author of The Love Sheet.
"The pain and beauty of paradox is the only path to sanity in a world that is still learning."
– Lana Hunneyball
Everything – from DNA coding the structures of life to the silence that fills the space after a last goodbye – is saying something. We exist in a literal matrix of data that drives it all. Some call this God or Love, but it is powerful and tangible. Words are our meagre attempt not only to access some of its power, but to have it speak back to us; to offer a cushion against the void that comes with being aware that we exist.
Music comes closer because it comes from the place before or beyond language and the rules of culture that shape us. But it is words upon which we have built our structures, for better or worse. These days there are too many words and not enough thought as to the power they hold. Talk may indeed be cheap, but the price can be high.
As a writer, my goal is to choose the best words I can and not take their power for granted.
"There is nothing outside of text."
– Jacques Derrida
In her youth, Lana completed a BA, majoring in English and Psychology. As a young mother, she pursued a multitude of endeavours to avoid climbing onto the hamster wheel – anything that involved cooking, sewing or creativity in any form.
In 1997 she started her own business designing communication and training materials on a wide variety of workplace topics. Her courses, ‘Understanding HIV/AIDS’ and ‘Integrity and Diversity’ were especially popular amongst her clients, who were mainly industries in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
She was actively involved in community work. She founded a Trust for HIV affected children, which ran a haven in Gcebera, Port Elizabeth in conjunction with St Johns Anglican Church. She was also a founding member noPEnuke, which raised awareness around the proposed building of a nuclear power plant near Port Elizabeth. Along the way, she indulged in a bit of painting and pottery while her passion for creative writing grew.
She has an Honours degree in English studies from UNISA and a CMP Diploma in Proofreading and Editing Level 4. Much to the delight of her friends, she is also a qualified massage therapist (she loves to learn).
In 2018 she moved from South Africa to the UK to work as a live-in carer and forge a path as a writer and editor.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
– Leonardo Davinci
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