Josh’s ‘Big Year’

2018-02-27 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedJosh Crickmay (15) is a budding photographer.

PHOTO: SuppliedJosh Crickmay (15) is a budding photographer.

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THE Friends of Kloof Library will be hosting photographer Josh Crickmay on March 1 at 6 pm, to give insight into his new book.

In 2012, Josh, a 15-year-old South African pupil unable to cope with the demands of the classroom, dropped out of school.

What followed was a deep and debilitating depression kindled by the belief that he would never be able to fend for himself. Severely suicidal, Josh landed in hospital and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism.

Certain that unless they did something radical they would lose their only child, Josh’s parents, Andrew and Kathy, quit their jobs and embarked on a quest to give Josh a reason to live and to function in life without a formal education.

They did this by building on and encouraging Josh’s interests in birding, writing and photography. For an entire year they travelled to every corner of southern Africa and then to the Amazon and Andes (for a period of seven weeks). This is known in birding circles as a “big year” which involves identifying as many bird species as possible in a single year.

The project culminated in the publication of Josh’s book titled Josh’s Big Year.

The project represents Josh’s own work, from photography to layout and design.

His writing is delightful, honest and self-effacing, sobering and sad in some places but laugh-out loud funny in others.

Josh will tell his story in the Kloof Junior Primary School hall. His magnificent book will be on sale for R699. Have a look at his website for details of the book at

Tickets are available at R35 for members of Friends, R50 for non-members.

Please phone Kloof Library (031 764 7543) to book, or visit the library to book your seats. Ticket collection and payment will be made at the door of the venue. — Supplied.


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