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Some highlights from 2000

  • Celebration of Collins Modern Classic edition of Journey to Jo’burg at the South African High Commission in London.

For twenty-seven years, from the time I arrived in England, I took part in anti-apartheid protests outside the South African Embassy. This celebration of my first children’s book, which was banned by the apartheid government, was my first time going inside the building!

  • Book Week in Cyprus: a week of story telling, readings and workshops centered at Highgate Primary School, Nicosia

  • Readings, talks and creative writing workshops in Palestine, organised by the British Council, East Jerusalem

Click here to read the article I wrote after my reading tour in Palestine

  • Publication of The Other Side of Truth and Smarties Silver Medal Award. The prize was overshadowed by the tragic killing of 10-year-old Nigerian schoolboy Damilola Taylor in South London. His complaints of bullying carried strong echoes of events in the novel.