Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today, at about 8pm, I stepped aboard an Emirates flight to Dubai, en route to England and I have no idea what else. All I had was a few hundred English pounds, 17kg’s of luggage and a job waiting in a pub…. Well, maybe waiting, needed to crack the...
Conscription, Jail Time and Life Time

Conscription, Jail Time and Life Time

This 3rd draft of the novel Johannesburg is going really well… even if I do say so myself! The second pass seems to have plugged the vast majority of the weak spots that Marc Pienaar and I detected and I feel it has also addressed the major concerns of the feedback I...
A Thousand Autumns In Spring

A Thousand Autumns In Spring

While I am adjusting to day-to-day life in Amsterdam I am also exploring the link between the country that raised me and the country that first claimed it. Part of this exploration is reading books by Dutch writers or Dutch history and novels. I just recently finally...

The Poem-O-Matic

As part of Humanities Day at the University of Amsterdam, The Amsterdam Writers Guild (AWG) came up with the idea of a Poem-o-Matic as a way of show-casing the Guild’s activities.   Basically the idea is this: Two poets sit with 2 type-writers… Yes,...
Literate City

Literate City

Literature and writing is a great way to learn your way around a city: its real and metaphorical limits, its identity and sense of self. These stories, both factual and imagined, give you a sense of the emotional and intellectual norms that you will encounter and feel...