‘MY FAVOURITE OF THE YEAR.’ – Deon Meyer on Shéri: Just the Way I Am
‘A DEEP DIVE INTO A HIDDEN UNDERWORLD REVEALING THE HUMAN FACE OF POACHING AS NO OTHER BOOK HAS.’ – Julian Rademeyer on POACHER
BOOK PUBLISHING –
EDITING, WRITING & PROOFREADING
2005 to present
Consulting to major imprints, such as Tafelberg, Human & Rousseau and Kwela. Specialist in fiction and nonfiction – English as well as Afrikaans.
UPCOMING TITLES IN CONFIDENTIAL PRODUCTION STAGES (AS OF JULY 2019):
Co-author – South African media history
Editor – Popular psychology
Editor – South African chicklit
Editor – Afro-chic cooking
Proofreader – hard-news memoir
Proofreader – investigative
Proofreader – exposé
Proofreader – detective fiction
Developmental editor – young-adult fantasy
Editor – West Coast cuisine
Contributing writer – Traditional cuisine
Contributing writer/proofreader – Health cookbook
Proofreader – Afro-Jewish life-writings/memoir
Editor – The South African Vegan Cookbook by Leozette Roode (H&R)
South Africa’s first vegan cookbook with a large commercial print run, this culinary adventure celebrates the wonder of a body powered by botanicals.
Editor – The Vagabond by Frank Rautenbach (Lux Verbi)
The story of how the Hollywood star comes undone when he ends up as a janitor – and is forced to seek new meaning in his life.
Editor – Ultimate Survivor – Saved from My Drug Hell by Hykie Berg (Lux Verbi)
This memoir candidly shares the actor’s story, from Hillbrow’s drug dens to a maximum-security cell in Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.
Contributing writer – Chocolate by Katelyn Williams (H&R)
Indulge in a luxurious affair that will dissolve all resistance and deepen everything you think you know about one of life’s most enduring pleasures.
Contributing writer – There’s an Angel in My Pantry by Willie Strauss (H&R)
A quirky, nostalgic food memoir that transforms old favourites into original combinations – with celestial approval from the angels themselves. Published in Afrikaans as ‘Daar’s ‘n engel in my koskas’.
Contributing writer – Boerekos with a Twist by Annelien Pienaar (H&R)
Mouthwatering plot turns on simple, filling home-cooking lovingly made by your mom, gran and great-gran. Published in Afrikaans as ‘Boerekos met ‘n twist’.
Editor – POACHER by Kimon de Greef and Shuhood Abader (Kwela)
Confessions from the abalone underworld.
‘A stunning achievement.’ – Richard Poplak, author and commentator.
‘The sentences glint like mother-of-pearl.’– Sean Christie, author.
Creative consultant – Anatoli by Tayfun Aras (Human & Rousseau)
Experience the history and heart of Turkish food, and its equivalent South African ingredients, in this celebration of Anatolian cuisine.
Proofreader – White isn’t a Colour by Nathan Trantraal (Kwela)
Life-stories about living in the Cape Flats. Described by Die Burger critic Charles Smith as ‘one of the best Afrikaans stories in years’. Published in Afrikaans as ‘Wit Issie ‘n Colour Nie’.
Proofreader – Shéri: Just the Way I Am by Shéri Brynard (Lux Verbi)
A breathtaking narrative of a woman’s fight to become the world’s first Down Syndrome person to earn a tertiary diploma.
Editor – The Twinkling of an Eye by Sue Brown (Human & Rousseau)
A boy’s battle against brain cancer. ‘Beautifully told. True aestheticism. I felt understood in my own grief.’ – Karina Szczurek, critic/widow of novelist André P. Brink.
Proofreader – Savute by James Gifford (HPH Publishing)
A photographic and narrative celebration of Botswana’s ‘wildlife kingdom’.
Proofreader – Cult Sister by Lesley Smailes (Tafelberg)
Memoir: A South African girl’s decade in a secretive American sect.
Editor – Queen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman (Tafelberg)
A coming-of-age memoir about growing up Jewish in small-town apartheid.
SUNDAY TIMES: BEST BOOKS OF 2017
Proofreader – On Your Bike by Chris and Tim Whitfield (Tafelberg)
Tips and trails for MTB riders.
MORE HIGHLIGHTS (2015-17):
The Truth about Relationships by Stefan Blom
Wild as it Gets: Wanderings of a Bemused Naturalist by Don Pinnock
The Impossible 5: In Search of SA’s Most Elusive Mammals by Justin Fox
Megastructures and Masterminds: Great Feats of Civil Engineering in Southern Africa by Tony Murray
CONTENT-EDITING & COPY-EDITING
2005 to present
My headline for a piece written by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, highlighting the IFP President’s outlandish claim. In this image, he stands next to Nelson Mandela following his 1990 prison release
Copy-editing for the Sunday Times and Business Times (Feb 2010 to Dec 2017)
A large volume of arresting copy and headlines for South Africa’s biggest newspaper: politics, business, finance, science, tech, lifestyle and sport.
Deputy editor/subeditor, Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine (2007 to 2009)
Helping to manage South Africa’s most widely read lifestyle publication.
Other copy-editing clients include:
Business Day | Getaway magazine | House and Leisure | The IRB’s Official Rugby World Cup magazine | corporate clients.
FEATURE & COLUMN WRITING
2004 to present
Fields: Politics to culture, et cetera.
Writing highlight – Sunday Times environmental column
October 2010 to October 2013
I earned the Sanparks Environmental Journalist of the Year Award for this column. It was the first of its kind in the paper’s history.
Writing highlight – First SA female journalist to oversummer in Antarctica
October 2009 to February 2010
I was the second journalist (and first female journalist) to oversummer with the South African National Antarctic Programme as science writer-in-residence.
Writing highlight – In search of the Knysna elephants
Mounting the first media expedition in 10 years to find the presumed-extinct Knysna elephants. We discovered live evidence, such as fresh dung.
THE SUNDAY TIMES WILDERNESS/TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR
2012 to 2017
South Africa’s biggest platforms for nature/travel photography, with a strong focus on rare nature. I launched and managed these projects, giving away R2.5m in prizes. Veterans such as Obie Oberholzer, Greg du Toit and James Oatway were on the panels. With Canon and Wilderness Safaris.
BROADCASTING – TELEVISION & RADIO
Television field reporter/producer, 50/50
June 2006 to December 2007
My assignments for 50/50, South Africa’s oldest environmental television show, ranged from swimming with Wild Coast dolphins in a shark-infested sardine bait ball and chasing abalone poachers (but not simultaneously).
Radio producer/presenter, EnviroWorld
January 2001 to June 2006
I presented and syndicated my weekly science/environment show, EnviroWorld, throughout Africa, the Caribbean and UK via satellite and community radio.
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Image credit: 2018’s Books of the Year, Daily Maverick, December 2018