My latest book, Journeys Without a Map – a writer’s life reflects on experiences that have inspired my writing — and there’s a cross-cultural aspect to most of it.
I grew up in South Africa, and left because of opposition to the apartheid regime. I lived with my young family in Zambia, until we had to leave suddenly as a result of a political crisis, an experience that helped me understand what refugees go through. Since then I have lived in London, and I love its cultural diversity. I have organised English classes for adults, and set up a community project where people from many different backgrounds contributed and formed friendships. Among those learning English were asylum seekers, so we set up a support organisation to help with their transitions to life in Britain. I have worked for Save the Children internationally, based in London but travelling to support staff in countries across Asia and Africa. It was a life-changing experience, learning from people who have to cope with unrelenting poverty, political oppression, and war.
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