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Franschhoek Book Fair

I'll be at the Franschhoek Book Festival this weekend talking about Elevation, so please come and say hi if you're around. Thursday I'll be visiting local schools, and Friday and Saturday I'll be taking part in three panel discussions: FRI 19 May, 10h00 – 11h00 Worlds...

Serendipity

I found this photo in a charity shop. It's by Cape Town photographer Athol Moult, and it perfectly captures my mental image and mood of the opening of the final book in the Elevation Trilogy. At the end of Book 2 Ebba combines the four amulets. She's immediately...

Creating Gods

I'm focusing on creating a mythology for Celestia this month. It's complicated and right now it feels impossible to conjure this whole world out of nothing. Then I have to make sure the story hangs together and the world is consistent. I have to think through every...

Why Elevation?

When I first came up with the idea of Elevation, I struggled to imagine what Cape Town would be like if the sea rose 83 meters.  I'm not very good with spacial stuff, and my sense of Geography is rubbish too, so I needed help. First I did some research and came up...

Isidingo

This is my dog Isidingo. I love her more than any dog I've ever owned. We adopted her at the saddest point of my life, when my husband Luke was dying, and she has been at my heels ever since, following me from room to room, and sleeping next to my bed at night. She's...

The year of Harry

This year my creativity has been attacked from an unexpected quarter. In February we adopted a puppy from a shelter. Harry was a happy, sweet, golden mishmash of Africanis, Labrador and Great Dane staring up at us from the puppy pen and whining that he’d  chosen us....

Dutch Children

I found these in a charity shop. I was amused by the way I could create a narrative by putting the scary revolving head dolly in front of the framed postcards of the Dutch children. I ended up buying them of course, to add to the piles of junk -with - potential in my...

River God

I’m starting Book 3 of Elevation, and for months I’ve been thinking about the Gods that inhabit Celestia and what they look like. I fell in love with Agosia Arts’ folk doll creations – human body, animal head, and I started to make one using her method. I created the...

Tweetie Fish Owl

Harry the puppy has also attacked anything I’ve made. I started making amigurumi animals this year and they’re a pain because they’re small and fiddly and take hours. I’d work away in the evenings while we watched TV and then I’d get tired and go to bed and leave them...

7 months ago
Timeline Photos

And another review - this time a short one from the Sunday Times. Four stars, nogal 🙂

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7 months ago
Timeline Photos

It's always awkward when the reviewer is a friend of yours - you don't know if they'll be effusive in praise so as not to hurt your feelings, or more critical than usual to prevent accusations of ... See more

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8 months ago
Golden Egg Academy

Very sobering thought

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8 months ago
Muizenberg High School

I had a fantastic reading this morning at Muizenberg High School. The kids were so engaged, and they loved the story.
I read the scary part, where Ebba is almost thrown out of a ventilation shaft on ... See more

To celebrate read aloud day, the author Helen Brain read from her novel `Elevation the Thousand Steps` to the MHS grade 10 learners. The novel proved to be a huge hit with the learners. Thank you ... See more

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8 months ago
Timeline Photos

I found these three things charity shopping today. Bet you can't write a 100 word story about them... best story gets a gold star

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8 months ago

I had my beloved Isi dog put down three weeks ago, and I've been so heartbroken I haven't been able to write at all. I knew she was getting old, so I brought her into Elevation as a time travelling ... See more

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9 months ago

Sunday January 15: I'll be talking to Nancy Richards on SAFM at 3.15 about Elevation. ?

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9 months ago

You wanna know what's hard? Devising a theology for an imaginary universe with multiple layers of gods. It's like doing maths with a number system you've had to invent.
The hardest thing I've ever ... See more

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9 months ago
Sullivan Photography

I was so sad to see photos of this beautiful old Cape Dutch homestead in Paarl burning a few days ago. Sad, but also serendipitous as I've described exactly this kind of fire in The Rising Tide, ... See more

www.sullivanphotography.org

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9 months ago
Elevation 1: The Thousand Steps

NB publishers produced this brilliant TV ad for Elevation. It's such an evocative depiction of book 1. https://youtu.be/QGqrWoMoa-Q

16 year old Ebba has never known life outside the underground bunker known as the Colony. When she is elevated to join the elite on the surface in a post-apo...

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