Zebra Books: 1995 - 1996
With business partner Ann
Walton, a well-known South African illustrator and Art Director,
produced a total of 48 supplementary readers for Kagiso
Publishers (later acquired by Maskew Miller Longman) in a series
called Zebra Books. The titles covered pre-reading to Grade
seven (12 year olds).
Sunbird Books (PPS
Publishing): 1997 - 1998
Again in partnership with
Ann Walton, produced eight further supplementary readers for use
in Ghana. All books aimed at readers in Grade 6 - 7 (ages 11 and
Stars of Africa (Maskew
Miller Longman): 1999 - 2003
This large publishing
project (to exceed 170 books when complete) was begun in 1999
with intense pre-planning to include knowledge from and about
Africa. I acted as series editor throughout, working closely
with authors and the publishers to produce a definitive series
of supplementary readers from pre-school to senior primary level
that addressed issues of importance to children in Africa.
(Cambridge University Press): 2007 - 2008
I was Box Manager
(commissioning) for three boxes of ten books in the Rainbow
Readers Series and wrote 12 of the books. This involved sourcing
writers around a theme (Archaeology, Our Land and What’s the
Plot?) and providing the manuscripts to the publisher in at an
appropriate stage of editing.
(Cambridge University Press): 2009
For this project I wrote a
total of 14 readers and also managed other writers in boxed sets
of themed readers. My topics were Our Land (Grade One)
Archaeology (Grade 4) and What’s the plot? (Grade 5), a total of
20 books which I commissioned as well as editing and liaison
with the publisher.
I learned the basics when
working on Air Malawi’s Reflections magazine – of which I was
Features Editor and then Editor for several years, writing
almost everything from the Contents to the (hopefully) amusing
last page. It was incredibly valuable training for writing to
order – and fast.
The Art Director of
Reflections asked me if I’d like to start a magazine on southern
Africa and I leaped headlong into Savanna Magazine, of which we
were immensely proud.
This was followed by
Winescape Magazine, which I edited for 5 years.
I have also been involved
in various one-off publications such as the magazine for the
congress of the International Board for Books for Young People
For the past fifteen years I have worked as an independent
editor for many of the major South African publishers, editing
books as diverse as biographies for adults to folktales for very
I have been asked to select,
shortlist and judge for several of the major South African
literary competitions including the M-Net Award and the Young