Welcome to my new and improved blog, entitled Reviews on a Train.
You might be wondering, what happened to Word Craft, and when did the url change from “annetjiesepoems” to “reviewsonatrain”? Well, the old blog was in desperate need of a revamp. It needed to be more focused, more centred around a theme, less random and rambling.
I hope you like the change. It’s by no means complete, it is always a work-in-progress, but it is starting to look more like the picture I have of it in my head. All the old content is still there but the new stories will focus on two things:
Books and Travel
I’ve always loved reading and in my year and a half as a books journalist at Books LIVE I really came into my own as a writer reporting on the South African literary landscape and further afield. I met and interviewed so many amazing writers, in English and Afrikaans, wrote book reviews for the Sunday Times and I was present at some of the most gripping and exciting book launches of 2014 and 2015. For links to all my stories, check out my Professional Writing page. I learned so much, and I wish to continue writing about books and writers.
Yet, as the cliché goes, all good things must come to an end, and I am once again off to South Korea to teach English and see the world. I have this vision in my head of visiting every continent in the world one day and I hope to share the experience through stories and pictures.
When I lived in Korea from 2011 to 2013, my favourite part of the day was the half hour train ride to and from school. In that stolen hour of every day I read countless books by authors you never even catch a glimpse of in a high school or university syllabus. It was a magical part of my life, and I grew stronger and better for it.
Reviews on a Train combines my love of reading and travel and with every review I write I will share my location, whether it is on a bullet train from Seoul to Busan, or thousands of feet in the air en route to Laos or some other exotic destination.
I hope you enjoy the ride with me.