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My books are on their way

My books are on their way from my printer Lee (BK Bookbindings.)

I can hardly believe all six Polly books are on their way up from Durban today. I’m counting down the days to the Kingsmead Book Fair, one of the biggest and most acclaimed book fairs in South Africa AND I’M GOING TO BE THERE!

Not only be there, but be presenting a workshop for 8-12’s on bullying and how to be less of a target for the bully. 10.15am See you there.

#HowPollyBecame a Pirate, #PollyYaNaeCanFly, #PollysPiralympics, #PollysInuitPiralympics, #PollysRainDayPiralympics, #PollysHogmanayHoliday

And Coming soon… Polly Returns to Africa



Polly’s Quieter Piralympics


It is always exciting when you finish a book, but for me when I finish a Polly book, it is something special. She is the flagship of my writing, a special little bird who has crept into the hearts of many children and adults alike.

Polly the Parrot and the pirates head off to Ireland for their next Piralympics. There they are joined by Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, Fungie the Dolphin on a quick visit from Dingle Bay, a new crew in an unusual ship and of course those pesky Leprechauns; always trying to steal the Pirate’s gold!

I must admit it took a while to do the author’s edit, as essentially I had written the book 15 months ago – THAT IS HOW MUCH I HATE EDITING! But now that it is done, I am so excited to get it into print.

Bagpipes use by kind permission of Tony Jones – Talksense

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