Category Archives: Polly’s Piralympics

The first 100. Delivering the first copy of Polly’s Piralympics to St Benedict’s Junior Prep this morning.

Oh yes, so the moment finally arrived. I collected the first 100 books from Leith my broker yesterday. Feels strange actually having them in my hands. WOW and that special ‘New book smell.’ love it, love it, love it.

So I am off to St Benedict’s Junior Prep, in Bedfordview Johannesburg this morning to deliver the first book to their library. I have a special affinity with Bennies as I have visited there before and given talks to the boys on ‘Being an Author.’

St Benedict’s gives wonderful encouragement to it’s pupils to write, be creative and use their imaginations, so it seems fitting that they should receive this copy first of Polly’s Piralympics. They still believe in good old fashioned reading and have an extensive library that the boys regularly use. I hope they will enjoy my donation adding one more book for growing minds to read and enjoy.

Polly’s Piralympics – Polly the parrot comes up with the idea of sharing their last bounty of prosthetic arms, blades and racing wheelchairs. Polly’s captain, Captain Hake then challenges the other pirates to a Piralympic Games, (Paralympics for Pirates.

With 18thcentury galleons, swords, walking the plank, gold doubloons, 21st century technology, sonar, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, prosthetic limbs, blades and racing wheelchairs, put it all together and you have the Pirate Piralympic Games.

Read how the multicultural fleet of pirates, vuvuzela playing Zulus; kilted, bagpipe playing Scots; cowboy guitar playing Americans; tattooed Maoris; yellow turbaned Indian and Abba singing Viking pirates, all compete for Captain Kingklip’s locker of GOLD doubloons.

The Games include a 3 legged race, walk the plank diving competition, catapult shooting, climb the rigging gymnastics, fencing, and a Pirate Masterchef competition, plus many more. Through these the pirates learn comradeship, what happens to cheats and why bullying isn’t cool.

#StBenedict’s, #Bullyingisntcool, #Pirateparalympics

Countdown to getting my books

I am super excited. the count down to receiving my first order of books is ticking.

I can’t believe that it is all coming together finally. with the launch at Skoobs set for the 28th January 2017, and a number of schools lined up to visit, I just can’t wait.

In the meantime I have written the intro to who and where Polly comes from available as a pdf file FREE to anyone who sends their email address with the reference:How Polly became a pirate.

The journey is nearly there

So excited! Polly’s Piralympics finally flies into my hands.

So today was a very special day for me.

The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Mother Christmas all turned up in the shape of Leith as she handed me the proof copy for my book Polly’s Piralympics.

I was soooo excited I had found myself glued to the spot and turning circles I couldn’t decide what to do first when she called to say it was ready and she would meet me in an hour.

An hour later there it was, all shiny and still in its cellophane wrapper. I eagerly opened it and flicked the pages breathing in that ‘new book’ scent. It was finally here.

4 years to this point, the writing has been the easiest part. Now the hard work really starts. For an Indie Author, it doesn’t matter how good you book is or isn’t, you have to get it out there and get it read and that’s where my Fairy Godmother comes in. Deborah Du Plooy has agreed to launch my book at Skoobs, notably the Dillons book store of South Africa, it is located in Monte Casino. Johannesburg.

It is a wish come true for any new writer. Deborah makes a point of promoting Indie Authors and is coming up on their 100th launch. I feel graced and privileged to join fellow authors that have preceded me and cant wait until January 28th 2017 at 10.30am.

Theme of the day Arrrrr Pirates!

Polly the parrot will be making a guest appearance, along with real live pirates who will fight it out for the treasure. So if you are in the area, bring, borrow or steal a child for the day and join us for all the fun.


For you FREE copy of HOW POLLY BECAME A PIRATE contact me

#pirates, #booklaunchatskoobs, #booksonbullying, #jointhefun


The Magic Vuvuzela – KINDLE VERSION ONLY

Available Free 7th and 8th October. Sign up on my contacts page for details.

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Ntsika lives in a poor village in South Africa. He longs to see South Africa play in the opening game of the Golden Boot Cup. On the eve of the game his father comes home with a magic Vuvuzela. Whilst watching the opening match Ntsika blows his magic vuvuzela and is transported to the match…

Aimed at 6-9 year olds

St Benedict’s Author Day

Bennies Bopp-new-cover-for-webpageys ROCK!

I have just had the most awesome day at St Benedict’s, Bedfordview, South Africa, with their Grade 3 boys. I gave an interactive presentation on what it is to be an Author and the processes involved from the initial idea to pen to print.

The boys were AMAZING. They answered all my questions as well as added to the answers I thought I already knew. We chatted about an authors tools, processes in writing, spider diagrams, illustrations, editing, proof reading, printing, distribution, and where to buys books.

Raised hand and lots of answers were the order of the day. Plus it was refreshing to learn that they are encouraged at the school to write a book themselves, KUDOS – St Benedict’s. Great to see so much enthusiasm from these lads, in a school which obviously encourages the imagination in their pupils as well as their creativity.

I had the most inspired day and couldn’t wait to blog about it.

Thank you so much for having me at your School and keep ’em peeled for my free kindle book coming out this FRIDAY 7th and SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER. – THE MAGIC VUVUZELA.


The Story is always still in the book (girls like pirates too)

Crew Mate Belle’s grandma contacted me on her progress with Polly’s Piralympics. Previously she had been reading Polly’s Piralympics on Crew Mate Belle’s weekly visits to stay with her. Belle had even started reading some of the words herself.

“She read nothing this week.”

“Oh.” I was puzzled.

But soon found out why. There had been a concert at school that Crew Mate Belle had taken part in. It had finished, after 8pm, which is pretty late for a six year old who still has to get home etc., etc..

“So I gave her the choice, as the play finished late, she could either come home with me as she usually does on a Wednesday, or go home (Which was in fact closer.)”

But what about my book? Your house.”

“Well unfortunately the drive was just too much after such a long day and she fell asleep in the car, was carried into bed and that was that.”

Never mind little Belle, that is the most amazing thing about books. They can wait. They are always there tomorrow, bulging with their characters and story line. And I am sure that Polly the parrot will be there puffing up her chest and spraying out her feathers when she sees you open the pages of Polly’s Piralympics next.

#girlslikepiratestoo, #disabledbooksforkids, #treasureislandandpollyparrot, #multiculturalbooksforkids, #piratebooks.


Interview with a fan…


In their recent interview, Author Jann Weeratunga had the pleasure of chatting to Crew Mate Look and asking him a few questions.

Q. So who was your favourite Pirate in the book?

A. Captain Book, because he was chased by Ali-the-gator.

Q. What was your favourite chapter of the book?

A. The first one, because its where Polly had the idea and Captain Hake was so surprised.

So there we are, just some snippets from our interview, more to follow…