Archive for May, 2011

Myro the Musical

I’m very pleased to be working with publisher Nick Rose and composer Mike Roberts on the musical version of Myro the Microlight. Mike is currently working on a cantata (a performance ‘package’ for school choirs)and I am helping write the narration. There is already a lively CD to accompany the Myro books so children can sing along to their favourite stories. For more on the Myro series visit

Child of War

Well the contract is finally in place so I can formally announce that I’ve been commissioned by Lion Hudson (Monarch imprint) to co-write the autobiography of Yookie Budia, a former child soldier from the Congo.  The book will be called Child of War. Yookie’s story is an incredible but harrowing tale of a journey from war to personal peace.  As a young boy, Yookie was forced to participate in a series of atrocities and witnessed the murder of his own family. He managed to escape and after a treacherous journey through sub-Saharan Africa made his way to Durban, South Africa, where more dangers faced him as a child on the streets. If you want to know what happened to Yookie after that and how he met his wife Sarah and how they now run a charity called Hope2thehopeless then you’ll have to read the book! Yookie and I are working on it over the summer and it will come out early next year.

Simultaneously, Craig Gailbraith from Drawbridge Productions in Cape Town, is making a film about Yookie’s incredible journey. I’m sure it will be a box office hit!

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