Textual artisan and pilgrim of life
Throughout my life, I’ve embraced challenges and thrived on change, with each thread adding depth and dimension to my work. As a young mum I’d tackle almost any project, from making jackets with scrap material to getting up at 4 a.m. each day to make sandwiches and pies to hawk at local office blocks. I was even a face-painting clown for a couple of years!
One day in 1997 or so, I was approached by Charles du Toit, who is brilliant at recognising potential. He asked if I’d be interested in designing study guides for line workers at Volkswagen of South Africa.
Why not? He knew I was into writing and other creative stuff. I bought a basic computer and threw myself onto a learning curve. After two years, that project ended, but one happy client is all you need! Word got around. Over the years I developed materials on myriad topics, many health and safety related, but boy, was it fun! I love learning, and every new thing gives me better insight into the next.
My target audience was often mid-to-lower-level literacy adults. The constant challenge towards precision not only shaped my skills but also fuelled my desire to make a difference. I poured my heart into projects such as HIV/AIDS awareness and community work.
Along the way, I developed a reputation for editing and embarked on my own creative pursuits. I’m passionate about words and love to help others bring out the best in their writing.
I like to work in forest glades, graveyards, and dusty towns, having even holed up for weeks in one of Athol Fugard’s houses in Nieu Bethesda (one of my favourite places). A bit of a gypsy, I currently reside in the UK, inspired by whimsical moments with my quirky boyfriend. I have two awesome daughters, an epic grandson, and an amazing extended family without whom I would not have got this far.