In 2018 I had a story published in the NSW Department of Education Magazine, Countdown. It’s called Duck Island and is a story about Meg and Freddie who find a duck’s nest under the seat of an old ferry boat. The kids work together to save the duck and her hatchlings from the boat inspector.
Since then I’ve had three more stories published in The School Magazine; two in Countdown and one in Blastoff. The Honey Guide Bird, which was set in Africa, was published in Countdown in 2018.
The story of a thief called Jack Flash also appeared in Countdown in 2019.
A Train in Africa (a story about the Hope Train) was published in Blastoff in 2019.
In 2020, my story about an orphan elephant, Nandi, will be published in the first issue of Touchdown.
If you would like a copy of any of these stories , please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My first book, Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt, was inspired by the 1903 writings of Nonnie De Le Rey, whom I believe is related to my grandmother. It is for my grandchildren, who live far in time and distance from their South African heritage. But it is also for anyone who enjoys an adventure story set in Africa.
I invite you and your children to get aboard Nonnie’s wagons with Annie and Koos. Sometimes they are frightened of the canons but mostly they have a great adventure as they meet with a black mamba. snake. a honey guide bird, a strange ghost, elephants and a comet streaking across the night sky.
Search: Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt to find suppliers and prices. Book Depository is the cheapest and includes free postage.
This year, I completed a manuscript for The Eel, which was long listed ( 2018) by HarperCollins and Children’s Book Council of Australia (NSW). in the Aspiring Authors’ Competition. It is now being considered for publication. I have my fingers crossed.