Writing

My Latest Work

Flotsam & Jetsam

Being a creative output of the complex emotional landscape of post-apartheid South Africa is not for the faint hearted, but it is exceptionally rich. Flotsam and Jetsam traces residues of my birthing over twenty or so years  in this turbulent land.

Just like South Africa, the collection is full of counterpoint and juxtaposition – the vagaries of silence and words; passion, sadness and hard-hitting indictments alongside acceptance, deep peace and reverence. The heavy weight and flimsy nothing of existence. The poems pan in and out from intensely personal to socio-political and back again, illuminating fragments that provide “a frame … to shape the void.”

I hope that these waymarks of my inner and outer journey resonate, bringing something like light.

Flotsam and Jetsam Book

Other Publications

In the Midst: A Covid-19 Anthology

I was honoured to be part of this project which gathered stories, poems and artworks from all over the globe. Some stories and poems are fictional, but most are everyday lived experiences. We might never have got these glimpses were it not for Sandy Tritt’s vision to capture a snippet of the raw emotion of history imploding into all our lives. 

My contributions are a memoir  and a poem. In “Another Covid Ball” I suddenly found myself on a plane to the United States as the borders were closing.  My poem “2020 Vision” honours victims of police brutality and explores a bit of what history is asking of us.

But there is plenty in this little power pack of Story, including some stunning artworks. 

Note: The anthology is available in full colour OR black and white. Colour is better for the artworks – obviously – but there’s a jump in price. Drop me a note if you’d like to hear when the e-book comes out.

"Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is say nothing."

More about my writing

Over a twenty year period, I designed workplace training and communication materials covering diverse topics within Human Resources, Health & Safety, and Environmental Awareness. Products included booklets, pamphlets, Powerpoint Presentations, visual management tools and unit standard aligned training courses. 

A key strength was the ability to develop customizable off-the-shelf products as well as bespoke products in partnership with a client. Satisfied corporate clients included Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd; Spoornet; Coca-cola Sabco; Alexander Forbes; GTZ; Mondelèz  International; Eveready (Pty) Ltd; PPC; National Ports Authority and many others.

During this time, I also provided editing services and kept my own writing projects on the back burner. In 2018 I decided to shift my focus to writing and editing only. The experience I gained while running my business has proven invaluable. It not only enriched my knowledge of different topics and how to communicate them effectively, but also deepened my understanding and appreciation of people. For all this, I am grateful.