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Creative collaboration

Posted: February 28, 2018 in Children's stories

What better way to spend a Saturday than with a whole bunch of quirky creative souls, all collaborating to create joy!

I believe that one of the greatest gifts you can give a child is a love of books and reading. By creating awesome picture books, Book Dash aims for every child to own 100 books by the age of five.

Books allow young minds to travel to exciting new worlds, often very different from their own reality. Or perhaps even to worlds that resonate with what they are experiencing in their own lives and give them a sense of ‘not being alone.’

I feel incredibly privileged to have been selected to be a writer at the Book Dash event in Cape Town in December last year – being given the opportunity to gift a story and bring joy into children’s lives.

The Lost Laugh cover pic

This tweet about how our book is being used just made me so happy:

Lost laugh tweet

How Book Dash works: Book Dash gathers volunteer creative professionals to create new, African storybooks that anyone can freely translate and distribute. The graphic below by Alex Latimer outlines the process so well:

Alex Latimer Book Dash graphic


Earlier this year, I participated in a full day interactive workshop on ‘Writing Stories for Children’ run by award-winning UK writer, Alan Durant, at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. I really enjoyed the experience and came away with some great tips and loads of ideas.

This is something fun that I wrote in a quick, impromptu exercise:

Pickles the puppy had a secret. It was a huge secret, a secret he could never share with anyone. Nobody would understand. Pickles hated digging and getting his paws dirty. He did not enjoy going for walks either. He would much rather lie on the veranda all day in the sun. But most of all, he didn’t like sniffing other dog’s bottoms! Slobber made him feel sick and barking hurt his throat. Deep down inside Pickles only wished for one thing. Pickles wanted to be a cat.

Bongo smile