Lonely Planet, Morocco
I’ve lived in the medieval city of Fez, Morocco, for 13 years. My first ever Lonely Planet gig was the small Fez Encounter, sadly now out of print. I have subsequently contributed to two Morocco guidebooks, covering the Mediterranean Coast and the Rif, the Atlantic Coast, and the Imperial Cities, the Middle Atlas and the East.
Lonely Planet, Madagascar
My first trip to Madagascar was in 1999 when I researched indigenous essential oils such as ravensara and katrafay. I returned in 2009, just after a coup, to research the Madagascar chapter for the Africa guidebook. My latest trip was in June 2015 to research the north and east of the country for the country guidebook published in June 2016. I was able to revisit the national parks east of the capital, Tana, as well as Diego Suarez in the north and Toamasina in the east. New territory for me on this trip was the glorious Nosy Be and surrounding islands in the north west, and the Pangalanes Canal on the east coast.
Lonely Planet, West Africa
October and November 2016 saw me researching the fascinating Central African countries of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Equatorial Guinea appears in the new West Africa 9 guidebook, while Gabon features in the Africa 14 guidebook that was published in November 2017.
Lonely Planet, South Africa
I lived in Cape Town for 28 years and really consider this beautiful city my home. For these guidebooks, I wrote the Eastern Cape and Western Cape chapters, Excursions from Cape Town and essays on Music, People & Culture and Food & Drink.
Lonely Planet coffee table books
I am passionate about anything to do with food and drink, and relish writing about them. My latest contribution has been to World’s Best Bowl Foods (2018).
I have translated from French to English the following works on behalf of the Majorelle Foundation, Marrakech:
Cahiers du Musee Berbere (available online)
Flowers of Morocco by Francis Collin (to be published soon)
Morocco in Bloom by Giuppi Pietromarchi
Jacques Majorelle’s Morocco: Catalogue for the exhibition of Jacques Majorelle’s work at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakech, until February 2018.
Afro-Berber Culture by Bert Flint (to be published soon)
I was the official translator from French to English for Spirit of Fes Foundation for eight years, until 2017. The Foundation stages the annual Fes Festival of World Sacred Music and my translations covered the programme, the website and all publicity material.