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Screenplay adaptation of André Brink's final novel, "Philida," an unforgettable, true story of a female slave in pre-apartheid South Africa.

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In Old New Worlds, "Krummeck’s own story is written as a memoir, but Sarah’s reads like a historical novel, with factual material and imagined dialogue side-by-side. ... The present and past meld well, creating a sense that the author has a foot in both worlds.”
— Kirkus Reviews

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The Rumpus sample

Reading informing writing ... writing informing reading.

Past Ten sample

"Where were you on this date ten years ago?" A salutary writing experience!


About Judith

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Judith Krummeck is a writer, broadcaster, and immigrant. She is the author of  the biographical memoir, "Old New Worlds," and "Beyond the Baobab," a collection of essays about her immigrant experience.  Her screenplay adpatation of "Philida," based on the Man Booker Prize finalist by André Brink, is currently in development. Judith is the evening drive time host for WBJC, 91.5 FM, Maryland's classical music station, where she also presents the monthly segment, BookNotes. She... more


Described by The Guardian as "an impressively nuanced and ambiguous piece of work," the Man Booker Prize finalist "Philida" is the last work of fiction by one of South Africa's greatest novelists, André Brink. It is an unforgettable, true story of a female slave in pre-apartheid South Africa, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free.

In a time when the rights of women and people of color continue to be in question, this is a story of conflict, brutality, invincable courage, and indomitable spirit that still resonates today. Having been granted the exclusive rights by the Brink estate to develop a sceenplay adaptation of the novel, I have drawn on my personal experience South Africa's history and her peoples to reimagine this powereful work in visually dramatic terms. A feature film is currently in pre-production in Cape Town.

Old New Worlds

"Old New Worlds" is a dual narrative that intertwines the immigrant stories of my great-great grandmother, Sarah Barker, and my own. Sarah and her new husband sailed from England in 1815 to minister to the Khoikhoi in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Two hundred years later, I left post-apartheid South Africa with my new American husband to immigrate to the United States. This is a human-interest story in the sense that I was drawn to Sarah in the context of my own immigrant experience. Through archives, letters, diaries, and site visits, I could gradually flesh out Sarah's life, and I found a soul mate in the process. Yet the story is set against the backdrop of profound social issues: immigration, colonialism, and racism. Sarah and her husband were witness to—and opposed to—the fledgling forms of apartheid under British colonial rule, and I grew up during the apartheid era. When I came to the United States, I believed that I was leaving behind the impact of racially divisive laws, and it was disturbing to discover that they were still a factor in American society. Equally disturbing is the global xenophobia and its impact on immigrants. It is my response to these issues, as much as my compulsion to find Sarah’s story, that undergirds “Old New Worlds.”

Old New Worlds audiobook

Writing "Old New Worlds" and recording the audiobook felt like two different projects. One is getting the words onto the page; the other is lifting the words from the page. They are two distinct, if complementary, skill sets, and even though I had written the book, bringing it alive through voice was both challenging and rewarding.

Beyond the Baobab

"A small but mighty elegant chapbook of essays, BEYOND THE BAOBAB offers seemingly disconnected yet deeply related and portrayed observations by author Judith Krummeck, a newly minted American citizen. ... Because of her unerring eye for detail for both of her home and adopted countries (Nambia, where she spent part of her growing-up years, is described as “exquisitely desolate”) she transports the reader into both worlds, providing a telling, intimate view of her life and its various contrasts. "
– Writer’s Digest –

If I had not been an immigrant, I would not have been a writer. The experience of immigrating was so overwhelming that I was compelled to find a way to write about it. This collection of essays is the outcome.

The Rumpus: What to Read When ...

As much as reading informs writing, so writing informs reading. While some writers prefer not to read work that might influence or impact their work, I find myself greedy for input in all forms. This is reflected in the piece I was invited to submit to The Rumpus, "What to Read When ..." where I consider the various dual narrative books that informed my writing as I was working on my biographical memoir, "Old New Worlds."

Past Ten

The Creator and Chief Editor of Past Ten, Donald Quist, believes that there is value in taking a moment to look back a decade and reflect on the differences between who you are and who you were. As a writer, perhaps this is essential. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we draw on past experiences in our work, and so it was salutory to capture a moment and write about its watershed significance in hindsight.

Judith's Curated Collection

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