How a blood bank saved some seeds

I’m hoping that this story will have a happy update, because this statistic dates from 2010. But according to Kew, there were only nine Gladiolus aureus plants left in the wild. Nine. They are hanging on for dear life in the wind-blown part of Cape Town’s south peninsula, near where I live. Luckily these beauties […]

Book Launches – The Seed Thief

In August, The Seed Thief enjoyed three launches – at Kalk Bay books in Cape Town’s south peninsula, at Love Books in Melville, Johannesburg, and at The Book Lounge in Cape Town city centre. All three were packed with friends old and new. My thanks to everyone who came and engaged with me and my […]

Jozi launch

On Thursday 20 August we’ll be launching at Love Books In Melville. I am thrilled and honoured to be in conversation with Michele Magwood, who was a mentor to me in my early days in magazine jounrnalism and is a veritable doyenne of South African books.

Big boost for fynbos protection!

Wonderful news: the WWF just announced that the size of the original Cape Floristic Region Protected Areas (CFRPA) World Heritage Site has been doubled! Read all about it here: Then get thee to Cape Town and go for a walk in the flowers.