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Events can take away people and possessions but, as long as they have reasonable control of their faculties and given access to even just pen and paper, a person can write. Circumstances have transported me from my homeland of Zimbabwe to my home in the Scottish Borders, via South Africa, and throughout my travels and settled phases I have been writing. My experiences form the backdrop for my novel called 'Ruth', which has given me scope to remember Africa. See novels page...

I began my working life by using typewriters and carbon paper. I went to universities in South Africa and gained a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University, Grahamstown and a BA Hons (English) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. I then worked for national English-language daily newspapers (see my Autobiographical Sketch) at a time when Apartheid was entrenched. Understanding that I was just a cog in the wheels of institutionalised racism, I left. I became even more aware of my guilt-by-association when I came across to Britain. This was in 1976, in the days before Britain fully realized its own race problems.

Usually, people’s immediate response on meeting me is political so I will try and summarize my stance. I learned through my parents to be a white liberal. They and I never voted for the Rhodesian prime minister who in 1965 declared unilateral independence from Britain. We were among a small White minority who did not support Ian Smith or his efforts to thwart Black majority rule. I don’t believe in group discrimination of any sort and I strive for tolerance. I am not a racist but, at the same time, I wouldn’t presume to understand how Black nationalists feel about my kind. I have been in Britain now for longer than I lived in Southern Africa and still hold very dear my childhood spent under the African sun.   continue » »