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Vision View Sports Radio Interview

I have always loved photography, but when you are behind the camera the world is a different place, especially when they place a mike in front of you too.

Here are some pics from my recent interview with Thabang at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

It was one of the best interviews I have done, as they had really done their homework and were really interested in my books. Thabang even bought a complete set for his children after the show. I sure hope they are enjoying them.

Radford House Primary

When I was invited to talk about being an author at Radford House, little did I think that I would be talking to pupils for 2 hours? Not only that, but they had the chance to escape and came back!

I received a call inviting me to give a talk about being an author – well, where to start, ha,ha,ha.  Being an author you see for me is a process, I sort of started and now I  can’t stop, it becomes a way of life and you crave to write each day. In fact, I get very moody on days I don’t write,  I have so many ideas flashing around in my mind it gets frustrating that I can’t put them down on paper, so I love it when I am tapping away on my computer.

I guided them through the nuts and bolts of what an author is, our tools of the trade, and why I choose to be an Indie (Independent) Author. Then I chatted about how I actually write a book – where I start and how my thought processes work when I write. This is always the section I enjoy the most, as it becomes very interactive. I show them how to create a Spider Diagram, which forms the backbone of a book. And also, how they can adapt it for an essay – which is pretty well a miniature story.

They were engaged and excited as we created weird and wonderful characters and started to spin our web. (I just love how kids minds work. ) We talked about Genres,  Beta and ARC readers, as well as the importance of book reviews to an author.  We seriously covered a lot of ground and I was left with the sense that there was more than one budding author in the audience – let’s wait and see shall we, as I have been asked to return next term – maybe there will be a book waiting for me, written by one of them, who knows.

But, what I do know is, I can’t wait to go back for another visit.

Radford House is a small private school for gifted children. It differs from traditional schools, in that,  it tailors the educational environment to suit the pupils, through a very holistic approach to their learning schedule.

 

Jann Weeratunga and Abdul Manack team up

Polly’s Piralympics (Jann Weeratunga) and Abdul Manack (SA cricketers and commentator) will be teaming up to offer a unique anti-bullying programme to primary schools.

Kicking off soon, so if interested for your school contact us as places are filling up fast.

#PollysPiralympics

Vision View Sports Radio Interview

Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, interview with Vision View Sports Radio

VVSR_FB_LogoThank you Thabang from, I just loved doing the interview with you guys. You made me feel at ease from the minute I met you all.

Sitting out on the verandah 19th Hills with the sun setting was such a wonderful venue. You entertained Polly and I just loved you line of questioning – one of the best researched interviews I have had, it really made me feel relaxed.

dav

 

 

An Elephant in My Kitchen

Finally, I got to meet the author.

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, my two front teeth.”

Well, l not exactly, all I wanted was ‘An Elephant in my Kitchen,” by Francoise Malby-Anthony. It didn’t quite happen for Christmas, but I did get it for my birthday in January and had finished it within days. It made me laugh and of course cry, but it also made me angry. Angry that in this day an age, there are not enough consequences in Africa to prevent an animal that has been on the planet since the dinosaurs being poached to the brink of extinction. Angry because humans can be so callous and cruel. Angry because I felt helpless.

I had the pleasure of meeting Francoise in the Green Room at the Kingsmead Book Fair, where the authors mingle and meet their interviewers, before heading off for their sessions. Mine had just finished and hers was due to start. Of course, I knew she was would be there, and I just so happened to have my copy of her book with me, ha, ha, ha.

Even though I am a recognised author in my own right, with my Polly’s Piralympics Series, I was still a little nervous to approach her; which is strange because I had been approached by and had approached other authors all morning. Maybe it was because I had read her book, as well as ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ and ‘The Last Rhino’ by her late husband Lawrence Anthony. I don’t know, but with her book firmly clutched in my hand and butterflies in my stomach I walked over to her.

Immediately as she smiled at me all the butterflies dissipated, and at that moment I realised that that is probably how the youngsters feel when they come up to me to get their books signed. Well, nerves gone, we chatted for about 5 minutes before she had to leave for her talk.

Well, I can tell you I was dead chuffed and Francoise, thank you so much for the special personalised message, I think we will be talking again.

Oh, and what did we chat about?

Hmm, I think you are going to have to read #7 in the Polly’s Piralympics Series to find out –’ Polly Returns to Africa’.  And maybe, just maybe, there is another parallel series being written at the moment that you can get free, by signing up to my newsletter. Click below.

http://eepurl.com/gr9RhL

#PollysPiralympics, #RichardtheRhino, #PollyReturnstoAfrica #AnElephantinMyKitchen

 

 

Back to The Ridge School to Deliver Even More Books

So, it was back to the Ridge Preparatory School, in Westcliffe to deliver more books today.

I met with their librarian who needed more Toucane and the Rubbish Rangers books. As I was handing them over, some grade 1’s appeared,

“Aren’t you the author lady with the birds?”

Well, I suppose that is one way to describe me, ha, ha, ha. I actually think they remember the puppets better than they remember me.

I think deep down every little boy wants to be a superhero, and Toucane and the Rubbish Rangers teaches children how to pick up rubbish/litter and put it in the bin. There is even a song in the book, which is very catchy and the kids love it.

So, with the extra books delivered, I bid the adieu and said I would see the Grade 3-5’s again in August, with Polly the Parrot. Who knows, maybe Hegwig will pop in to meet Polly the Parrot?

#Polly’sPiralympicsSeries

 

Interview with Vision View Sports Radio

So, tomorrow (31st May 2019), I will be interviewed on Vision View Sports Radio 16.00-17.00 (+1GMT) by Koni Mudau.

We will be chatting about my Polly’s Piralympics Series and in particular the Piralympic Games Books – Polly’s Piralympics, Polly’s Inuit Piralympics and Polly’s Rainy Day Piralympics.

Pirates and Paralympics!

Tune in https://visionviewsportsradio.co.za/  and press the circle on the top left