Category Archives: Polly’s Piralympics

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.

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.

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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.

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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

 

Toucane visits another school

Toucane and Jann visited The Ridge Prep School, and oh my gosh, it was like walking into Hogwarts. The School is 100 years old this year and has maintained that sense of tradition which just oozes from its buildings. Indeed, it was a privilege to be invited into the school during such a special year.

Toucane and Jann explained how it is COOL to have friends who are different from us, and how we must stick up for them when our friends are ugly to them. Especially when someone is new to our school. #ToucaneIsDifferent

They then went on to talk about when Toucane caught humans throwing litter on the beach, and how upset he got.

Jann then taught the boys a song about picking up rubbish/litter and throwing it in the bin. #ToucaneAndTheRubbishRangers

So, all the boys went away, keen to become Rubbish Rangers.

Jann Will be back at The Ridge with Polly and her Piralympics Series in August, chatting to grade 3-5’s.

#ToucaneSeries

Anti-bullying at the Kindsmead Book Fair

The Kingsmead Book Fair 25th May is nearly here! I must admit I’m starting to get a few butterflies, but I know that Polly and Toucane will be on the end or my arms, so I will be ok.

Here is my session on anti-bullying – how to make yourself less of a target and take the power away from the bully.

Session name: Polly’s Piralympic Series

Venue: Author Studio

Time: 10h15 – 10h45

I will also be launching Polly’s Rainy Day Piralympics, with lots of indoor activities to keep the pirates busy as they sail to Ireland. Meet the new crew, sailing in a submarine, discover a new game – Pollyopolly and watch out for those pesky leprechauns as they try to steal the Pirate’s GOLD.

Books will be sold there by Exclusive books, so get yours and then wander over to get it signed and have a pic with Polly.

Don’t forget Toucane’s books will also be available for younger readers.

After the event books may be purchased at Skoobs (Monte Casino), Fogarty’s in PE or Exclusive Books in Mall of the South. Or contact me directly janspicssa@gmail.com

#Polly’s Piralympics

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Polly’s Rainy Day Piralympics

Polly’s Rainy Day Piralympics.

So, Polly and the pirates have arrived in Ireland, where the green of the grass is like nowhere else on earth. And why, well because of the rain, of course! But that doesn’t stop them from having their next Piralympic adventure.

Join Polly, meet Nessie the Loch Ness monster, a new crew – sailing an unusual vessel, as well as all the old favourites in Polly’s Rainy-Day Piralympics