What I do
Despite my fishy English accent, I have twice been featured among South Africa’s best writers and thought leaders in The Big Issue SA‘s annual Collector’s Edition.
I am an International Reporting Project (IRP) 2017 Africa Peacebuilding Fellow.
I have been published in collections by Writers Abroad and Chicken Soup for the Soul and have worked on various Fodor’s Travel guidebooks.
I also write fiction and poetry. My fictional work has been published by Itch creative journal and La Revue.
I have been known to dabble in a spot of editing; I am a former General Editor at Urban Times and former second in command at Supernews.
I occasionally moonlight as a journalism lecturer.
I am a committee member of the South African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (UK).
Why I do it
For me, itchy feet have been a long-term affliction.
I left my home in rural Devon at 18 years old and never really went back.
Over the years that followed, the more I travelled the more I felt the need to share the places I was experiencing and the individuals I was meeting – their stories – with as many people as possible. To carry them along the road with me.
I also wanted to inspire others to see and better understand the world for themselves. I wanted to emulate the older and bolder journalists and writers who had inspired me to know as much of the world as possible. Furthermore, I was determined to use my experiences responsibly, as a means of challenging stereotypes and promoting positive change.
This is why I do what I do.
It’s not the final destination that counts, it’s the journey. So I’ve chosen to make my journey as long and meandering as possible. And wherever I end up, so far the route sure has been beautiful . . .
Take a walk with me
To find out more about me or keep up to date with my writings and ramblings you can follow me on Twitter @ManRambling