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UK and Ireland trip

I am planning to be in the UK and Ireland in the Spring, if anyone would like me to visit their school, youth/scout group please contact me for dates and details.

I think Polly the Parrot, Henrietta (Hetty) the Hornbill and Toucane the Toucan will be accompanying me. I talk on anti-bullying, being different (of colour, with a disability), do not litter and how we don’t pinch, punch or push for the younger ones.

I am taking booking now and will have my books available on sale to sign and dedicate.

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?(part 1)

Ok, so you’ve launched at Skoobs Theatre of books, what next?

I had the pleasure of attending the second book launch of Miss Stacey Fru (one of South Africa’s youngest authors) at the Profound Centre.

It has a spacious hall, small grassed garden with pool and has good off street parking, ideal for book signings’, conferences, group meetings or small functions.

It is centrally located close to Melrose Arch with good main road access.

Rates are very reasonable and flexible.

Contact details are:

0114407501 or 0825486385

I love Skoobs Theatre of Books, you never know who is going to launch next.

Here I am with Gareth Cliff, radio presenter,with Gareth Cliff ex-Idols host, TV personality and radio presenter.

I was surprisingly impressed by this outspoken personality, and will definitely tune into ‘Cliff Central

He was charming, but most of all passionate about people’s right to free speech. One’s ability to express one’s opinion, regardless of how controversial providing there is no malice or hate speech.

Here in South Africa, they have the most amazing and broad Constitution, that represents everyone living here. I agree our most valued possession next to time, is our freedom of speech.  However, with that freedom comes responsibility. Think first, reply second.

All in all, I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and of course was able to catch up with friends too, Sian-Bronwyn Claven, Kim Hunter, Arthie Moore, Deborah du Plooy. and of course, meet the famous Indie Author, Ashleigh Giannoccaro, who has just release ‘28 Boys

#garethcliff, #jannweeratunga


Look at that face…

one leg high kickI just love the expression on this young lad’s face, it says it all.

The One Foot High Kick, I don’t think I could get my leg up that high ha,ha,ha.

Maybe good for schools looking to do something a bit different. My book Polly’s Inuit Piralympics (Eskimo Paralympics for Pirates) will be in print soon. I can provide a teacher’s workaid to support the games for any who might like it. Also see, Nordic Games Symbol


Title revision – BIG REVEAL

OK after chatting with my Inuit FB friend Johnny Issaluk, I have decided to change the title of my second book. Johnny was kind enough to look over this book for me, and after due consideration and in respect of the Inuit people (whose Nordic Games this book is based around) I have changed the title to Polly’s Inuit Piralympics (Eskimo Paralympics for Pirates).

I would also like to thank Tonia Lennox for her unerring support of my writing and her work on my cover designs. Also Sallyann Cole, for your patience proofreading for me, you are a lifesaver. the support it needs for an Indie Author to get from pen to print is immense and I am so fortunate to have people around me who believe in me – thank you all so much.

So keep ’em peeled for the launch of my second book, as there is just basically a few weeks left to go, and the second book of the Polly’s Piralympics series is nearly ready to fly.

If there are any would-be children’s readers, reviewers who would like to be listed for a copy, please let me know.

Meanwhile, with just three chapters to left, my 3rd should be finished soon – (that is if my new puppy behaves herself – currently sleeping – not for long though ha, ha, ha.) Then it’s down to the hard stuff like editing – yuck (YUCK!!! proofreading) and of course launching, marketing and sales – piece of cake really.

#pollyspiralympics, #inuitnordicgames, #johnnyissaluk, #kidspiratebooks, #piratebook, #paralympics

RANT! Indie authors get a raw deal in South Africa

I am a proud Indie Author. Currently, I have my book Polly’s Piralympics (Middle Grade) available through Skoobs Theatre of Books in MonteCasino Johannesburg, South Africa.

I approached MY LOCAL MALL BOOKSTORE (probably the biggest is South Africa) to stock my book. The Manager read and liked my book and wants to do a Saturday morning book signing/event and then stock my book. I am one of a handful of local author ie I ACTUALLY LIVE MINUTES AWAY FROM THE STORE.

Their policy is that book buying IS DONE by individual managers, so far so good.

The manager said to contact head office for a Vendor form so they can buy books from me.

A week later I have to chase up HQ to be told I had been overlooked and that they would check and get back to me (which in fairness they did.)

The letter I received reiterated that individual shop managers order for their shops, however, I have to be registered with a distributor to take my books the 1km down the road and hand them over to the shop.

So far the distributors I have contacted only deal with the Publishing Houses – LET ME REMIND YOU I AM AN INDIE AUTHOR – no publishing house.

I would genuinely like to thank the manager at my local bookstore for trying to help me. As for the policies of your company – no wonder you closed 4 stores recently. As an Indie I can come into your store and personally sign books, meet readers and interact with your clientele – YOU KNOW THE PERSONAL TOUCH which actually sells books. This I have and will continue to do at SKOOBS THEATRE OF BOOKS who by the way have launched over 100 Indie authors and have a brilliant relationship with us.

Therefore anyone wishing to buy the Polly’s Piralympics series please go to Skoobs or contact me directly.

I will be at Skoobs this Saturday from 2pm and again on the 7th April 2017 at 7pm. Please feel free to approach me to sign a book for your school, or child and have a personal messaged penned.