Here are some examples of my written work (personal and professional). Click on the headline in each case to access the full article. A small selection of my social media content and photography follows at the bottom of the page. If you’d like to know more about the specific work I’ve done for my clients, please feel free to contact me directly.

WRITING

Reviews | Film and television

Sherlock Holmes: It’s elementary for Downey and Law

Detective Sherlock Holmes gets a gritty makeover courtesy of Robert Downey Jr and Guy Ritchie.

Published on February 2, 2010

Love is like a sin, my love

An episode of HBO’s True Blood gives viewers a poignant look at an essential truth about life.

Published on July 15, 2010

Blue Valentine: The light and dark moments of intimacy

Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine is an unflinching examination of love from every angle.

Published on January 27, 2011

Black Swan: Ballet, blood and a bold performance from Portman

Black Swan is a darkly thrilling study of a fragile ballet dancer who unravels while preparing for her biggest role.

Published on June 3, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer: McConaughey shines in gritty brainteaser

Matthew McConaughey shines as a controversial legal eagle in the courtroom drama The Lincoln Lawyer.

Published on June 8, 2011

Michael Fassbender is magnetic in X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is in a league of its own, thanks to a fabulous ensemble cast and director Matthew Vaughn’s singular vision.

Published on June 23, 2011

Jane Eyre: Bronte’s classic tale reinterpreted on screen

Michael Fassbender fills Rochester’s riding boots with ease and Mia Wasikowska is anything but plain as the heroine in Jane Eyre.

Published on September 9, 2011

Outlander stars relish Cape Town’s sunshine

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan have been exploring Cape Town while on location for the filming of Outlander’s third season.

Published on April 25, 2017

Reviews | Food and wine

A burger you can almost get drunk on

The Pinotage Beef Burger at Beyerskloof’s Red Leaf Restaurant is a mega-meal with a kick.

Published on May 26, 2011

A cave of secrets at Haute Cabriere

Winter has arrived in the Western Cape, but Janine Papendorf has discovered an oasis of warmth at Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek.

Written for Independent Online and published on June 17, 2016

Reviews | Travel and events

Who’s gonna drive you home tonight?

Jeremy Clarkson’s caustic wit and Richard Hammond’s tight jeans were the highlights of the MPH Top Gear Live show in Cape Town.

Published on February 10, 2010

Padkos and poker nights in Paternoster

Paternoster is a charming fishing village where activity ebbs and flows like the tide.

Published on May 25, 2011

Glamour galore at the Alphen

Janine Papendorf visits the Alphen Boutique Hotel and finds that Constantia’s grand dame is as stylish as ever.

Written for Independent Online and published on February 24, 2012

Fish, funding and the family business: Nicolette De Freitas keeps it real at Startup Grind Cape Town

Fish4Africa’s co-founder opens up about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship in a candid interview with Sandras Phiri in the Mother City.

Published on May 14, 2018

Opinion and commentary | Personal

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold

I wonder whether the people who make New Year’s resolutions walk around with lists in their pockets.

Published on January 1, 2010

The shells crack under our shoes

I learned to look at the world through my daughter’s eyes while searching for shells at the beach.

Published on January 2, 2010

The pieces don’t fit here anymore

A curious little girl has interrupted my puzzle-building activity – and that’s alright with me.

Published on January 11, 2010

Some dreams are better from afar

I took a trip down Memory Lane after stumbling across a forgotten CD from my teen years.

Published on February 11, 2010

I wonder where we would end up if we could start again

Our childhood experiences shape us much more than we realise.

Published on March 1, 2010

He might get burned, but he’s in the game

I’ve learned something about love from a close friend who’s experienced heartbreak more than once.

Published on March 14, 2010

It takes more than f**king someone to keep yourself warm

A conversation about sex made me contemplate a few harsh truths about society – and myself.

Published on September 20, 2010

You paint a lovely picture, but reality intrudes

I had a crisis of confidence after comparing myself to the ‘Super Mom’ in my social circle.

Published on October 5, 2010

Sometimes you’ve got to make it on your own

Ray LaMontagne’s latest album cultivated an unexpected sense of nostalgia in me.

Published on October 12, 2010

It’s never quite as it seems, because you’re a dream to me

Have you ever had a dream that’s so real you’re not sure if you’re awake or asleep?

Published on June 15, 2011

It’s the thought that moves you upwards

I once had a crush on a middle-aged professor with a receding hairline and a “dad bod”. Seriously.

Published on June 16, 2011

I am the screen, I work at night

The night shift has thrown my circadian rhythm for a loop and I’m struggling to sleep during the day.

Published on June 29, 2011

I’ve been caught in between all you wish for and all you need

I need to cook up some new ideas in the kitchen so that I have more time to spend with my daughter.

Published on July 15, 2011

Did you write the book of love?

Watching John Cusack in Serendipity and Must Love Dogs reminded me that I am indeed a hopeless romantic.

Published on July 20, 2011

Opinion and commentary | Political

It was a faint line that brought you here

United States President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize made me think about leadership.

Published on December 11, 2009

The inclusion rider: I feel you, Frances McDormand

Oscar winner Frances McDormand challenged her Hollywood peers to consider the power of an inclusion rider in their contracts.

Written for Women 2.0 and published on March 6, 2018.

Opinion and commentary | Social

Pass me the phone, I need a conversation

We need to shake off our apathy if we’re going to make a difference in the fight against HIV and Aids.

Published on December 1, 2009

Don’t let my venom get under your skin

The festive season can bring out the worst in people, but kindness costs nothing.

Published on December 11, 2009

You trade your passion for glory

The truth comes out eventually – and I think Tiger Woods is about to discover that fact the hard way.

Published on December 14, 2009

The truth hurts, a lie’s worse

Some cheaters make headlines, but others are never heard of. Either way, infidelity is a game-changer.

Published on December 16, 2009

How much pain has quaked your soul?

The Haiti quake made me stop and think about Good Samaritans in distant lands.

Published on January 27, 2010

I don’t mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence

Does the world really need spray-on clothing? I think we have more pressing concerns.

Published on September 27, 2010

Rihanna goes for shock value with Man Down music video

I can appreciate Rihanna’s efforts to highlight sexual violence, but I can’t condone the response she’s advocating in this video.

Published on June 2, 2011

Tutorials

Compliment or complement? Remember the difference with these handy tricks

Wondering whether to use ‘compliment’ or ‘complement’ in a sentence? Learn how to tell them apart and you’ll never be confused again.

Published on October 12, 2017

Love Your Web Content, Part 1 | The beginner’s guide to on-page SEO

Get to grips with the basics of on-page SEO and give your webpages an advantage in cyberspace.

Published on February 14, 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

Love Your Web Content tutorial for my blog

Promotional graphics for my long-form Love Your Web Content tutorial included individually tailored image posts for Facebook and Instagram…

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Monday Motivation quotes for my Facebook page

I use #mondaymotivation posts on my Facebook page to inspire a positive frame of mind for the week ahead. I curate quotes from leading figures around the world and source images that reinforce or complement these messages to create eye-catching visual content…

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Shareable posts to promote my Tricky 10 guide

I created a downloadable PDF to highlight some of the most common spelling mistakes in the English language and then used educational, photo-style posts to promote the guide on Facebook…

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Motorcycle ‘moods’ for JKWorks

Promotional photographs were needed to augment the static copy that I’d written for JKWorks’ revamped business website. I spent an afternoon on site at JKWorks in Bellville, photographing a vintage BMW that had been restored by Jandré Koekemoer. Here are some of the images chosen for use on the website…

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Fauna and flora at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

My husband, my daughter and I enjoy spending sunny summer days at this popular paradise. There are so many paths to explore and so many beautiful plants to photograph. Here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken during our family outings…

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