PechaKucha – A World Without Words

A World Without Words.

I was asked after my talk to share some of the slides I used, (plus I have included a few I would have used if I could have had a few more.) I thoroughly enjoyed it, though it is not easy, but a brilliant discipline for public speaking.

Here are a couple of extracts from my talk.

“Words can also cause fear, fear that by educating the downtrodden, women, the poor, those without a voice, that they, will surpass us. The opposite is true. By raising the weakest, most vulnerable members of our society, we raise Society itself”

“The written word holds the keys to education, and we must present these keys to the youth, provide them with books and words that will inspire that waking dream that will open up the pages of their imagination. Because it is their imagination that will be our future.”

Last night I delivered my first ever PechaKucha talk – 20 slides, 20 seconds a slide = total 6 minutes 40 seconds. Try it!

My PechaKucha – WWW

My PechaKucha – a World Without Words

“It’s easy,” Jacques said, ” Just 20 slides, 20 seconds a slide.”

NO, IT ISN’T FOLKS! It is actually really hard to deliver. It’s easy to write what you want to say, but then all of a sudden when the first slide slips into place, your brain has a brain fart and everything goes blank!

What does PechaKucha mean?

Well simply small chat, chit-chat.

Who invented the format?

The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture and keeps participants to a fast, concise format when delivering their talks. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February 2003.

What have I let myself in for? Wish me luck tonight…


Where does Polly go on Holiday?

Where does Polly go on Holiday? little libraries Lough Neagh

Well, earlier this year Polly took a break and visited foreign lands. So where did she go? She left South Africa and headed for her first stop – Ireland. Here she stayed with Jann’s family in Northern Ireland.

Look what Polly found on the banks of Lough Neagh. A Little Library – where you can borrow and return books or swap for one of your own. There is a lovely Irish folk tale of the forming of Lough Neagh.

‘The famous warrior Finn MacCool (Fionn Mac Cumhaill) caused the creation of Lough Neagh. Legend has it that Finn was chasing a Scottish giant across Ulster when he picked up a large piece of ground and hurled it at the giant. It overshot and fell into the Irish Sea forming the Isle of Man while the massive crater left behind became infilled with water and formed Lough Neagh.’



Can’t wait to meet Polly tonight.

Polly on stage at Bennies JP

I can’t wait to meet Polly tonight. St Benedict’s Junior Prep is having their Pirate Play this evening with Polly on stage.

The grades 1-3 have been practising all term and tonight I actually get a chance to meet Polly. Doesn’t Polly look so colourful, and I adore those feet.

If you want to take the kids to a fun, action-packed (ARRGHHH) play, I think there may be a few tickets left for the next performances.


Toucane’s Colouring in Reader for Little Ones

It is always lovely to get feedback from parents who buys your books for their kids, after all the age group I write for can’t exactly do it for themselves.



So I was delighted to receive this picture of two youngsters colouring in their Toucane and the Rubbish Rangers books. Hope they enjoy listening to mum reading it to them at bedtime.

front cover


Toucane and the Rubbish Rangers – see how you too can become a SUPERHERO.

Join me on youtube to join in with the catchy song from the book:

“If you see it, pick it and put it in your bin,

If you see it, pick it and put it in your bin,

Then you, your school and environment will win,

Then you, your school and environment will win,

And your town and the world’ll be clean as a pin,

Your town and your world will be clean as a pin!”



South African Children’s Book Fair

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.