Yes I was there, at the South African Children’s Book Fair last weekend and look who came to visit: Arthie Moore, Jan Roberts and Frayne Mathijs. Plus I met a very special Gogo (grandmother), Jabulile who runs a reading club for children in Johannesburg Central – Dobsonville and the CNA characters.
We’ve all seen the pictures, haven’t we? You know the ones of poor African kids in the news headlines and probably thought “Another plea another African begging bowl. BUT, when you see it close up and personal it brings on a whole new meaning. I visited the Laura Vicuna Education Center in Ennerdale (Southern Johannesburg, … More What Can I Do?
The South African Children’s Book Fair. I can’t believe I will be presenting a workshop – The Bully is not Your Friend – at this event in only my second year as an author. I even have the passes to prove it, ha,ha,ha. So if you are passing the Dome this weekend, come along and … More South African Children’s Book Fair
YES 1000 BOOKS! I had to go back and count twice but yes I have sold 1000 books in South Africa. Michelle Richarson, your generous donation to 1st Ed School included my 1000th book and a gift will be coming to you soon. The Polly’s Piralympics Series seems to have been a hit in both … More 1000 BOOKS!
Yes, I along with Cora Groenwald and Evadeen Brickwood will be in the Eastern Cape from the 18-21st June visiting all manner of schools in East London, King Williamstown, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth with our Schools Reading Road Show. SRRS. Look out for us and give us a wave if you see us in your … More Roadtrip? Did anyone say Roadtrip?
So, Polly was back after a bit of a break overseas, and she visited 1st Ed School in South Johannesburg and oh what a reception she received. Although Polly normally talks to younger pupils (Gr2-5) at 1st Ed she spoke to the whole school (including grade 9’s – yep grade 9’s!) The kids were responsive … More Polly visited 1st Ed School in South Johannesburg
This is the week that was part 3 Oh my goodness what a week, and it ended on an amazing two-day high at the St Benedict’s Embrace Conference where I was giving a workshop and launching the Schools Reading Road Show (SRRS) a concept I came up with about 6 months ago when I decided … More This is the week that was… part3 – Embrace Head Teacher’s Conference
That was the week that was… part 2 Thursday morning saw me at Noodwyk Primary School in the Midrand area (by the way that’s at the opposite end of Johannesburg to where I live) at 7AM AGAIN! What is it with 7am people ha, ha, ha. The school is a prefab school – not a … More That was the week that was… part 2
What a week that was just so jam-packed full. Wednesday saw me talking to the Johannesburg New Dawn Rotary Club at the Parkview Golf Club at 7 AM!!! That time doesn’t exist in the UK other than for breakfast (Ha, ha, ha). I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to this amazing group of people, who do so much for … More What a week that was… part 1
Yesterday was a mixed day. I met a South African legend and said goodbye to a Greenford and District Scout legend (I have paid tribute to RJ on facebooks and will now take time to reflect on my meeting last night with one of South Africa’s own.) Here I am with Brian Mitchell – helping … More Yesterday was a mixed day…