I have always loved words and the power of words, enjoyed playing with words and word combinations. I grew up in Apartheid South Africa and saw and heard words and terms and phrases mangled and misused to justify the evils perpetrated by the Apartheid regime. For many years I saw people and their rights abused, demeaned, insulted, assaulted; some were friends whose lives were destroyed. Some were murdered by agents of the Apartheid State, security police and army. – FH Adkins
This is 1978 is a collection of observational poems written during the height of Apartheid in South Africa, by my father Frederick Healey Adkins. They provide a genuine account of life in the country during the regime. With so many stories lost from that period, I was keen to preserve this very personal collection. I have recreated these poems on a 1969 Olivetti Lettra typewriter, honouring the original medium and layouts. Each hard cover, signed and numbered book is typewritten and hand bound to order. For the upcoming website, I created the font 'Carriage Return' based on the Olivetti Typeface and again stayed as true as possible to the layouts of the original work.
Website live March 2020
Developer: Rifke Sadleir