Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Helping adult literacy in South Africa

I'm keen to help out any initiative that gets people reading (and buying) books.  I'm so keen, I even agreed to give away a few copies of my books in support of a great adult literacy program being run by Tanda Tula safari lodge in South Africa's Timbavati Game Reserve.

My friends Don and Nina who run Tanda Tula have introduced a program to help some of their staff improve their reading and conversational skills.  Nina had a great idea that the staff, all adults, might like to read something other than textbooks.  She thought my novels, several of which are set in places the staff would know, might make interesting reading.

I agreed wholeheartedly, and just wished that when I was studying English that I could have had set texts full of gunplay, sex and wildlife (and wild people).  It was my great pleasure to help out and you can read more about Tanda Tula's adult literary program here.

Make sure you also click through to Tanda Tula's homepage and check out their tented camp in the Timbavati - it's a stunner and the game viewing there is excellent.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Join me on a floating tour to Africa

(In fact, I think it's 20 nights at sea, one night in Genoa, and three in Cape Town, but I never was very good with detail or numbers).

Full, correct, details here at the Swagmantours website.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Meet me in Harare

Sounds like a good name for a novel, no?  Ok, no.  But, anyway, I'll be in Harare, Zimbabwe, signing books at the charming Folio Bookshop, Borrowdale Village, from 9am to 1pm, June 6.

If all you non-facebook people have been wondering where I've been and what I've been up to, I can explain my absence (yet again).  I've been busy going through the edits on no fewer than three books (one novel and two non fiction books), and writing my 11th novel.

Enough excuses.  I have also got back on the blogging wagon (horse?) and you can read my latest missive for Africa Geographic magazine here, about my recent brush with two deadly snakes!

I promise (with fingers crossed behind back) to blog more.  Hope you're all well out there in blog land.