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"Scatterlings- A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales"

14 June 2013, 10:36
I grew up on a farm on the Lesotho border  - where I visually imbibed the rich textures, dramatic cloud formations, golden wheat fields and dolomite 'koppies' as my childhood vista.

This was juxtaposed against the routine of boarding school in a small Freestate town.

In my adult life I hailed from Hilton -South Africa and now reside in Auckland  - New Zealand- a large sprawling city with sea views in almost every direction.

I spent the last 18 months working on my book - which I believe will be beneficial for South Africans at home and abroad as emigration impacts our lives whether we leave SA or stay at home and lose loved ones to migration... I see us as the 'shrapnelled society" - Within the book I chronicle my early years as a farm child through to adulthood in South Africa followed by my 'Aha Moment' to emigrate. 

Psychological knowledge and skills are used to provide a Process section as a facilitation tool for migrants who go through stages of grief and adaptation.

Others' stories are blended into the book, including children's tales and perceptions. Those who share their stories, have hailed from Rhodesia and South Africa and have settled in places like Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, England, Canada, USA and Kenya.

A South African time line from Khoi Khoi to current includes a political/historical background plus articles by well known SA writers, political figure heads and projectionists- which enhances the readers understanding of the complexity of the SA story.
The book concludes with poetry about Africa, some favourite traditional recipes and an epilogue.

My Bio- I'm passionate about humanity and worked with underprivileged and disabled children in South Africa for many years.

I'm a special needs' teacher, expressive therapist and psychologist, currently practicing as an educational psychologist in Auckland. I'm a freelance writer and since emigrating 5 years ago, have taken up the mantle as an advocate for the migrant population whom I support and assist during their complex transition, adaptation and acculturation. I see my book as part of my own healing journey; and in the tapestry, woven with others' stories, others and I have found solace and strength through connectivity and identification.

My wish is that anyone who reads this book finds strength and healing through its contents... Namaste
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