Photo: Eleanor Muller
Photo: Karin Schermbrucker
I’m a storyteller, of stories true and imagined. Of other people’s stories, and of my own. For most of my adult life I’ve been a journalist, working in the U.S. (I’m from Boston) and overseas, mainly in the Middle East (I used to live/work in Cairo) and South Africa, where I’ve been based for most of the last thirty years (Cape Town). I’ve covered everything from tobacco-spitting contests and KKK clashes in Mississippi to forced removals in apartheid South Africa to the first intifadah to game capture in a South African reserve to diamond smuggling to tracking with the Khomani San Bushmen in the Kalahari, and beyond. I’ve taught journalism and writing – fiction, creative non-fiction, and expository – at Harvard University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Cape Town, and run workshops around the world on covering conflict more constructively. I’ve been an editor on several different publications, including Harper’s magazine in New York; I’ve also edited books and scripts. I was head scriptwriter for our production company, Ubuntu TV and Film Productions, and associate producer there. My debut novel, Garden of Dreams, was published by Penguin in 2014; I’m currently working on a second novel and a memoir. I love helping others tell their stories…
Journalism: magazine and newspaper articles, blogs on a range of subjects, eg social documentary/politics; conservation/wildlife; travel; profiles; food; the arts.
Editing: article, book, and script editing and consultations.
Press releases/Promotional material: a variety of copy for company websites and marketing purposes.
Scripts: for training and otherwise.
Workshops: various writing workshops – fiction, creative non-fiction/memoir, journalism – as well as workshops on media and conflict/covering conflict more constructively.
Media and Conflict consultations: assistance with developing media projects to use in conflict management and transformation, based on years of running such projects here and globally, along with related workshops.