Australian Children’s Author on Safari in Africa.
Posting a podcast recorded while out on the Masai Mara in Kenya. My advice – Always keep your ‘game’ face on. You never know when you’ll need it!
A pleasure to be interviewed by the lovely Dianne Denton from Talking Horses, about my Riding High Australian Children’s Books, among others, books in the wild and books in incubation.
For seven days in August 2015, I joined a group of intrepid Aussies exploring the Kenyan plains on horseback. On the last day, we waited to be driven back to the dusty airfield,and a light plane that would take us to Nairobi for the flight home. We sat and chatted about my pathway into writing Australian Children’s books and the move on to writing children’s book series based around horses and ponies.
It was a slightly odd feeling to be interviewed for a podcast while sitting out in the African bush. We were perched on the banks of the Mara River, a dozen noisy hippos burped and basked just a few meters upriver. Our fellow riders were gathered around too, as we sat under the only shade, in the large tent where our meals had been served by amazing bush cooks for the past week. Along with the others, Dianne and I had shared the holiday of a lifetime, the second time for this Australian Children’s writer, which is in itself a testament to the alluring magic of Africa.
It’s hard to say which part of the experience I loved the most. The animals of course, and the enveloping, hypnotic landscape, the welcoming Masai people with their vivid colours and traditions and their beautiful, ever smiling children, or the great bunch of adventurers I found myself surrounded by. The memories stay with me. They are oh so sweet.
Click here to listen to the podcast.