About the author

Since moving to Gauteng (from Somerset West) in 2007, Ginny has written 14 titles in the Sibo Series (published by Lets Looks Publishers). These books  are written in wacky rhyme on a variety of subjects ranging from global warming, to space, nanotechnology to chemistry, recycling to road safety – with a green theme that runs through most of them. The aim of these books is to empower children. They’re being read in schools and libraries around the country. Several of the titles were generously sponsored by various entities, such as Gautrain, BASF, SAASTA, Department of Arts and Culture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health and the University of Pretoria Center for Sustainable Malaria Control. Please visit Sibo’s website for more details.

She’s also written (and dodgily illustrated) 3 little booklets in the Sello Series – on the topic of HIV AIDS (published by Qualibooks) that are used in schools too.

For the last couple of years, she has been writing a weekly blog on a whole range of topics from Sibo’s point of view in the African Reporter. (It runs as a real blog too – when she remembers to update it.)

For 8 years she wrote a weekly column in the Springs Advertiser on life from their SPCA dog’s point of view – A Dog’s Blog. Sadly their lovely doglet, Fudge, died at the end of 2016 and she’s now busy compiling the best of those blogs into e-books.

From 2008-2010 she wrote and illustrated a cartoon – The OucHieS – a monthly occupational health and safety cartoon  in The Ripple Effect (a national health based newspaper).

Ginny and DST Minister Mosibudi Mangena (2006)

When she’s not writing, she quite likes developing fun, curriculum-based games, two of which (the Super Silly Science Game and the Phat Physics Game) are still being used in schools. Ginny was also part of a team from the University of Pretoria that developed a game (Iyashisa Board Game) for mine workers on the topic of heat stress (thermodynamics). This innovative game is being used for both training and refresher courses for underground mine workers in South African mines.  She currently has a curriculum-based maths game (Sibo Sums Things Up) aimed at Grades 2-4 and The Tricky Sticky STEAMI Challenge – a fun game aimed at all ages – if anybody is interested in sponsoring either one! Great marketing opportunities attached to these!

She also gives interactive talks in schools about how important it is to be able to read and still runs the odd fun, hands-on workshop here and there.

Ginny is big into upcycling and recycling. A creative meddler of note. She gives workshops on this topic from time to time too.

Last but not least, she’s also the secretary/treasurer of the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC) which apart from many other things, also involves a monthly newsletter and organizing the yearly conference. She keeps trying to resign but never seems to get it right.

She’ll tell you she has a Ph.D in Physics – she married him! (Her lovely husband, Prof Chris Theron) heads up the Physics Department at the University of Pretoria.) Everything else has been self-taught with extensive time being spent at the University of Life.

Although before moving to Gauteng she did attend a number of arbitrary courses during her management days at iThemba LABS in Cape Town (where she ran the Science & Technology outreach programme for 7 years) on everything from Basic Firefighting, Leadership Development to Intercultural Communication and HIV AIDS. Some of them were even useful.

She adores the outdoors, hiking with Chris, fabric painting, meddling with various creative projects, hula hooping, gardening and delights in watching things grow. She’s rather fond of red wine too! The family cat Jack – is a major pain in the butt – but she loves him dearly. She’s really enjoying having her younger daughter Igz (illustrator of The Imaginaeries) back home for how ever long that will be. Collaborating on this project together has been something much talked about in the past and it’s wonderful that it has now become a reality.  Her elder, happily married daughter is a fabulous Grade 3 teacher in Cape Town, with a delightful daughter of her own – which makes Ginny a granny!

Even with big kids living in the house – she’ll tell you that she is still sane – on most days – although sometimes the family wonders…

 

It takes just a little Imagination!

My younger daughter, Igz and myself have written a book… called “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen”.

I did the writing but she gave me all sorts of weird and whimsical ideas.

Igz ihas done the illustrating. (This was quite a process.  The concept kept changing slightly but the idea remained the same.)

Actually… we want you to imagine your own characters.

How it started…

My lovely husband and I often go for hikes over the weekend in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve (Pretoria East). It’s beyond lovely there. We think of it as our sanity time in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The veld changes from season to season, but magic is always around. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder.

The idea for a faerie tale first came about when I saw kids (of all ages) mooching around the Glen, trailing after their parents, looking a tad disgruntled. I wondered if they would have rather been at home with their play stations or something instead of being out sniffing the fresh air?  (Of course there are plenty of kids who also frolic and gambol around and are perfectly happy to be there.)

I started imagining all sorts of little faerie-like creatures lurking in the flowers, bushes and trees and began writing stories in my head. Then realised that the Imaginaeries that Igz had been drawing for years would be just perfect. Many of her Imaginaeries already had a back-story and the book simply grew from there.

Also started driving my lovely husband bonkers by stopping every few steps to take photos – from all sorts of crazy angles – because it looked like a great place for a… something… (not giving away any of the story line yet).

Often I’d sheepishly have to pretend to be tying my shoelace or something – to stop from feeling like a real wally when another Faerie Glenner strolled passed us.


It’s actually quite a cutie story, but don’t take my word for it – see what other people think about the book.