Welcome! I am a South African-born writer, artist, and speaker, and increasingly an activist – through my writing, speaking, and art – to save the world’s remaining wild species from extinction. Previously in Sydney in Australia and Inverness in Scotland, I am now based in Cape Town.
About My Work:
Highlighting the plight of our wild species is a strong focus: my Rewilding Path blog showcases especially poetry, art and musings (mine and others’) about animals made extinct or presently at high risk of extinction at the hands of humans. My recent series of sonnets entitled The Accidental Poetry of Extinction was also the topic of my TEDx Inverness talk in 2016 – each poem describes an encounter with a species found in the British Isles in Palaeolithic times, but later rendered extinct. I believe our greatest challenge right now is to create or preserve wild lands to stem further loss of wild species.
My prose writings investigate personal journeys of rewilding and environmental 'Rewilding'. Richard’s Village is a fictionalised autobiographical novel set in a rural hamlet in the southern Drakensberg, or 'Dragon Mountains', in the dying years of apartheid South Africa. Currently, I am completing my novel Rewilding Richard, set in the wildest landscapes of Britain and France, where the main protagonist begins rejuvenating jaded aspects of his Self and psyche, while exploring areas under ecological restoration – all the while remaining aware of the extent of social ennui, and of the devastation of the environment occurring globally. Each of these books will be available during 2018.