Updated: April 2019
I am a versatile writer with experience in a wide range of print media genres. I have held varying positions including investigative journalist, community reporter, entertainment journalist, music critic (column), creative writer and tourism and travel writer.
My field of interests is wide and includes social, cultural and other human interest issues, colonial history and post-colonial reality, ancient history and indigenous people's knowledge. Furthermore, I spend time studying nature, wildlife and exploring new and off-the-beaten-track places with focus on animal and environmental rights.
Below you will find just a few examples of my work; roughly ordered by date. Working full-time for Namib Independent newspaper and part-time for numerous publications I have written approximately 400 published articles, of which approximately 40 have appeared as front-page/leading news. My fiction has been published in USA, India and Sri Lanka.
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Updated: April 2019
2015 (Freelance Writer)
Jingle Jungle Kolkata Kolkata, until recently known by the British variant 'Calcutta', referred to by local slang as 'Kal', by an Aussie friend as 'KK' and by me, the name I coined last night: 'JJ' - Jingle Jungle. If I were to write a new article on Kolkata each day, I would give you 100...
Cultures merge in this light-hearted piece for popular south African 'the gardener' supplement.
Long feature on nature, family and hiking the world's second largest canyon (or is it?)
A short column piece on my visit to the famous flower market in Kolkata
Commissioned by quarterly AA Traveller, this is arguably my most widely read piece, published across most South African countries. Light, tourist stuff.
2013 - 2014 (Investigative Journalist, Namib Independent)
The response to "Walvis Bay Lawyer Legally Weds Coastal Gay Couples" article was overwhelming
Exclusive, Investigative Piece: Medical Aid’s Ignore Suicide Victims, as Namibia’s Death Rate Rises to Top Ten Worldwide
Investigative piece on widespread animal cruelty at (an excuse of) a petting zoo.
Following an unexpected job cut by Rossing (Rio Tinto), Namibia’s largest uranium mine, publications across the country and worldwide exclusively cited Rossing’s official (and well-orchestrated) press conference and press release: I chose to approach an alternative angle.
I remember in my adolescence, standing on a ledge overlooking a body of water that I knew would be my undoing, every muscle shivering and aching, the sun had already set - only the thought of hitting the hot shower at the end of the ordeal to drive me on to leap off the diving board, while my coach, relentless and unmoved, counted down.
Exclusive piece on a Legal loophole that opens gay marriage doors in Namibia
Often article headlines are not exciting, and their content not break-through - they should still remain interesting.
“Bushman for sale” - that was the farcical caption, accompanied by the most stereotypical photograph imaginable, posted by some delinquent would-be comedian on a Facebook group advertising the buying and selling of goods in Namibia.
How ordinary Namibian’s have access to the criminal underground at the click of the mouse
2012 - 2014 (Columnist for Windhoek Observer)
The worst disappointment a journalist or, for that matter, an artist can experience is for his or her work to be censored on economic grounds.
I HAD no idea what I was in store for, sitting cramped in a 4x4 Toyota, as it whirled past ever-changing landscapes following an apparently endless dusty gravel road. When finally we arrived at our destination you couldn't be blamed for feeling a tad disappointed - one long narrow main street, the only street, divided a town of no more than a dozen obsolete structures.
For Edgar Allan Poe art was governed only by beauty - “beauty” he said “is the sole legitimate province of the poem”.
Out of all the countless futuristic science fiction novelists of the last couple of centuries, I have yet to hear of one who predicted that in the near future the general public would become disinterested in recreational reading.
WE love the way they talk. As if there is nothing stopping them from being who they are. So much confidence.Sometimes we try to talk like them, we'll utter an awkward "I'm just kicking it with my peeps" over the phone and cringe immediately in shock at what we just said.
A concert review of one of Africa's most prominent up-and-coming artist's: Miss H.
You either have it, or you'll hear from me.
This is a light, easy-to-read piece touching on the art and business of modern music
A serious column on a serious topic, that was critically acclaimed and cited in several publications.
Other stuff online
Selection of photographs from my travels and assignments.
MEN WHO STARE AT COWS ...and other random reasons to avoid my blog.