Meet the Circle: Klavs Skovsholm

54DD994B-63CB-4C9E-96B2-5B114EF1DA22 (1)The members of the Brussels Writers’ Circle are a varied bunch. Prose writers, poets, playwrights, memoirists, screenwriters and bringers of silly bits and pieces, we sweep in from all different occupations and locations twice a week to share our scrawlings with one another.

This week we will hear from Klavs Skovsholm who has been an member for several years. Klavs is probably best known for writing Christmas stories over the summer.

When did you join the group?

I am not entirely sure. I believe that it was Autumn 2011 or Spring 2012. I do remember it was a mild day and that it took place in the library of Cercle des Voyageurs.

What were your first impressions of the group?
BWC members were a very welcoming and congenial bunch of personalities. I felt immediately at ease and many have become personal friends over the years.

What have you published so far?
I have self-published two short historical novels “Golden Fields” and “At the Bay” in which we follow the lives of a lovely elderly lesbian couple in South Africa during the Boer war. I have published a children’s book in Danish “Grantræet” in 2017, and

I am involved in making teaching materials, in the form of a children’s book called “Die Kokerboom” in Afrikaans and is in Xhosa with illustrations to colour in. Last year 3000 copies were distributed; this year another 5000 kids in poor rural schools in the Western Cape will have the pleasure of getting to know the story of an unfortunate Quiver tree which ends up as a Christmas tree. Finally, I have a Christmas story included in Anthology 1 & 2 (and hopefully also in the future Anthology 3).

What are you currently working on?
Nothing of my own. I am helping edit an amusing novel written by a very creative Dane who sadly suffers from serious dyslexia . Serious but rewarding work! And not to forget: I am been honoured by the task of being part of the editorial team for Anthology 3.

Who are your biggest literary influences? How have they influenced you?
History books and historical novels! I have a very keen interest in Colonial African history so writers like Thomas Pakenham and Wilbur Smith have certainly played a role.

Do you have a memorable moment from the BWC that you could share?
What springs to mind is a few evenings where I was reading aloud of a fantasy short story set in the Middle Ages. As the story progressed, my audience was convinced that the mushroom the poor people had to survive on, had to be magic mushrooms! Maybe I should add that, in my view, the audience had had too many Leffe!

What do you get out of the group?
It is a wonderful place to come for inspiration and exchanges of ideas. The social aspect is very important. Let’s not forget that otherwise writing is a solitary activity.

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