Lonely Planet, Morocco
I’ve lived in the medieval city of Fez, Morocco, for over 15 years. My first ever Lonely Planet gig was the small Fez Encounter in 2006, sadly now out of print. I have subsequently contributed to four Morocco guidebooks, covering the Mediterranean Coast and the Rif, the Atlantic Coast, and the Imperial Cities, the Middle Atlas and the East. My article on the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture was published here on the Lonely Planet website in October 2018, and my latest article on the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is published here. In September 2019, I spent three weeks researching in the Middle Atlas region for Lonely Planet’s upcoming country guide and a brand new Best of Morocco (publication delayed until 2021). You can listen to me talking about this region on Mandy Sinclair’s podcast, Why Morocco?
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. In June 2015 I went 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.
In April 2019 I was back in Madagascar to research in the north-eastern region of SAVA (Sambava, Andapa, Vohémar and Antalaha), the northern city of Diego Suarez and the northwestern isle of Nosy Be for Lonely Planet’s next update, due for release in June 2020.
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).
TRANSLATIONS & EDITING
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.
African-Berber Culture: Neolithic Traditional Art of the Sahara in North Africa and the Sahel Region by Bert Flint is now available in English. This is a beautiful work of major importance.
I edited the English half of New York ceramicist David Packer’s book, The Earth Has Three Colors, that was published in 2019. You can read here about the adventure David and I had in searching for the last women potters in the Rif Mountains of Morocco.