Raj M. Isaac is a retired teacher, lecturer and subject advisor. He holds several academic qualifications, including a BA (Hons) degree and a Masters degree in education. He has received recognition for his short fiction The Cat, Nexus, No Free Lunch, The Boy Who Loved Red Bishops Too Much and Lessons in Xenophobia which was the winning entry in the 2016 Annual Short Story Competition of the South African Writers’ Circle.
Frank Gadd was born in Newcastle and raised in the small coal mining village of Ballengeich, 16km outside Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. After completing his matric at Newcastle High School and doing his national service in the S.A. Air Force he studied Chemistry at Wits Technikon, Johannesburg, majoring in Plastics. He thereafter worked in various branches of the plastics industry in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. In 2003 he was put on early medical pension. This due to the debilitating effects of a congenital defect called Centronuclear Myopathy.
Frank’s interest in, and commitment to the plastics industry has earned him the title of ‘Fellow of the Plastics Institute.’ This after serving as chairman of the Port Elizabeth branch and being a long-standing member of the Durban branch of PISA. He took up art as a hobby after retirement and has been elected an ‘Honorary member of USCAA’ (The Upper South Coast Art Association) for services to the club. He currently still paints and also writes a short article for their monthly newsletter. He is 70 years-old and lives on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast with his second wife, Audrey. He has two adult children who live abroad. He enjoys painting, writing, and playing a daily game of scrabble, rummikub or cards with Audrey. The Promised Bridge, his first novel has now been followed up by Living with CNM. (Centronuclear Myopathy)
Gary was born in Pretoria in ’59. He now resides in Strand, Western Cape. He once lectured in mathematics and engineering science at a technical college. He began his professional literary career writing self-help and general interest articles for Daan Retief Publishers. These articles would require research and had titles as diverse as The Human Brain and Body Painting!
Although he has produced many works his publications that sell best are a series of nonsense-verse entitled 101 Politically Incorrect Limericks. You can find these and many more on amazon.com.
He was born in England shortly after the end of WW2, and educated at Oxford and London Universities. After nearly thirty years practising medicine in hospital and general practice, mostly in South Africa, he went to sea as a cruise ship’s doctor until he had to retire. To find his book, which was listed as a “must-read” book for 2020 by CQI magazine in the UK, and for some essays and stories, please have a look at his website: www.richardnewellbooks.com
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