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About Stephen






This is where I write. This is where I keep writing.

I was born and currently live in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 41 years old. My background is Graphic Design, Art Direction in Advertising, and Film/Video production and directing. Leaving an international award winning career as creative director in the advertising & design industry (and one of the panel of judges for the New York One Show Awards in 1999) with the Ogilvy Group, I began my film career as graphic designer in a locally produced Warner Brothers production in 2003.

Turning to writing, directing and editing short films I was a finalist in both local and international online short film festivals in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 I joined Earth Touch, a natural history documentary filmmaking company, as an editor – Nat Geo Wild’s “Croc Labyrinth”. Later I became involved in producing and directing in the field – 2011 free-diving documentary “Deep Blue Dive” which spanned from Cape Town and Mozambique to the Mediterranean Sea.

Pushing my skills further, I was the post-production stereographer/editor on the Smithsonian/Earth Touch 3D production “Predator Coast 3D”. In July 2013 I was a guest speaker at Wild Talk Africa held in Durban, South Africa. I am currently News Network & Online Manager at Earth Touch, executive producing short form online documentaries and series, and managing the daily delivery of news from the natural world.

I converted one of my short stories into a film script in 2005 and completed the first draft of a Science Fiction novel in 2011, which remains unpublished.  I began short story writing as a means to hone my writing skills and keep the creativity flowing. One of my short stories was published in 2016 in the "Imagine Africa 500" speculative fiction anthology, followed by more in the “Beneath This Skin” 2016 Edition of Ak√© Review, “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol.2”, and the debut edition of Enkare Review 2017. I am a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society and its Nommo Awards initiative.

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