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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...

1 year ago

Jay Heale's choice of the top SA books for children and YA 2016:

BEST BOOKS OF 2016
During 2016, I received only 29 South African books for young readers for review (and not all of those originated ... See more

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1 year ago
Photos from Helen Brain Author's post

I'm starting to get an idea of the shape of Book 3 in the Elevation series. While my subconscious works out the plot I'm feeding it with a reading glut. I select books intuitively at this point. Here ... See more

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