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Judges's Report 2016 TAG Hungerford Awards on 'Traverse'

Traverse is a travel memoir written from the point of view of Tina, who has given up her career for her geologist husband, Dirk. She now must work to keep the family unit together as Dirk takes his wife and children to live in the village of Cotgrave, UK, then leaves them for long working stints in Madagascar. There, off the east coast of Southern Africa, Dirk’s fascination with and passion for the island is matched by his growing passion for his colleague Fara.

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Cafe d'Afrique read by Jewish Women's group

I have just finished reading your remarkable book. What a vivid picture you paint of your immersion in life in Zambia - the struggle, the enthusiasm, the awakening, the pain and the achievement of your maturing in those precious years. How have you ever found time to marry and have a family as well?
The women in my group in NCJW gained a great deal from your visit to us, and as an avid reader, I have enjoyed and can heartily recommend your book.
Many thanks,
Jenny Shub

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Sotto Magazine: Review Poetry d'Amour 2013

"Tineke Van der Eecken puts her multi-lingual skills to good use in Val di Mello (The Valley of Honey).Honey forms the main conceit in this poem. The speaker is drawn to the lover like a honeybee. At first they are held together as if by the richness and the ‘stickiness’ of the honey, but she knows even at the time they are holding on to ‘something already gone’. Tineke’s reading of this poem, accompanied by music, really brought to life the joy and the loss of this narrative. The richness of the language added another dimension to the richness of the experience of love, and to the honey."

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