After nearly 14 years of using storytelling to delve into the complex world of shifting climates, dwindling 'brown' energy, environmental changes, and hunger amongst South Africa's poor city dwellers, Leonie has built up a portfolio of work spanning different styles of writing, different media, and for many different audiences.
The modern food system leaves us sick and hungry. Instead of blaming the individual for making the wrong food and lifestyle choices, this is a series of articles which look at how the food system is 'broken' and what needs to be done to fix it.
Leonie's books include:
Scorched: South Africa's Changing Climate
Boiling Point: People in a Changing Climate
Invaded: the Biological Invasion of South Africa
The Hungry Season: Feeding Southern Africa's Cities
Oranjezicht City Farm: Food, Community, Connection
She has also contributed a few book chapters, including:
Opinion Pieces by South African Thought Leaders, edited by Max du Preez (Penguin, 2011)
Bending the Curve, edited by Robert Zipplies (Africa Geographic, 2008)
Climate Governance in Africa - A Handbook for Journalists (IPS Africa and HBF, 2014), contributed an article.
Over the years Leonie has built up an extensive portfolio of hard news, features, opinion articles, letters to editors, and blogs.
Like most freelancers, her work has been published widely in the SA media and abroad, including in the Sunday Independent, Mail&Guardian, Sunday Argus, Sunday Tribune, African Decisions, Africa Geographic, Getaway, Progress, Business Day’s EarthYear, Farmers Weekly, Engineering News, Cape Times, SA4×4, Xplore, Wild magazine and the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, amongst others.
'Long-form', 'narrative', 'creative non-fiction' - in this craft, there are many names for it, but it boils down to good, old-fashioned and highly descriptive storytelling. Here are a few examples.
Working with academics and research institutions to rework their scientific material for more 'popular' audiences. This has included work for:
Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU), at the University of Cape Town's School of Economics
Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), University of Cape Town
Energy Research Centre (ERC), University of Cape Town
Scripts for film and animation
'Soft' journal articles for journalism and medical journals.