Where to find Sally’s words

Carving Joy from Grief Writing” in Brevity Blog, 13 September 2022.

“Eleven-Thirty” – Sally’s experimental exploration of travel and grief – placed as a finalist in the Newcastle Short Story Award 2022.

In “Eleven-Thirty”, a young woman’s ashes journey from Hanoi to Cape Town, while an older woman flees into the Turkish hinterland in a futile attempt to outrun her loss. The story appears in the award anthology published by the Hunter Writers’ Centre.

  • “Some Leafs: Grandma Gropp’s Tale” – published in the anthology Itchy Feet: Tales of Travel and Adventure in September 2021 – weaves Sally Jane Smith’s words with those of her great-great-grandmother, a woman who led an extraordinary life on four continents and at the edges of three wars. From a message in a 19th-century bottle to a modern-day tragedy, “Some Leafs” asks: should we follow our wanderlust, or stay safe at home?
The cover of "Itchy Feet: Tales of Travel and Adventure". The cover is green and shows an old-fashioned open suitcase sitting open on the grass with a pair of hiking boots next to it.. Inside the suitcase is an island surrounded by ocean under a blue sky with clouds.

Twenty intrepid authors share their adventures with you in this anthology of travel stories.

Read Itchy Feet now to travel around the world from the comfort of your armchair. No passport required.

Selection of podcasts and video

  • Travel to the eastern Peloponnese and Saronic islands, Greece – Amateur Traveler Episode 833, 22 January 2023
  • Travel to Athens, Greece – Amateur Traveler Episode 832, 15 January 2023
  • In Conversation with Laura Maya, author of Tell Them My Name, 27 October 2022
  • Selection of guest blogs and online collaborations:  

    Older works, published in print:

    • Adaptations of literary classics for the SABIS Anthology Series for Grades Three to Nine, used as a teaching resource for students in more than forty SABIS schools on four continents, 2008 (written as a staff writer, without a byline)
    • “Peru-ving a Point” in Gulf News Friday Magazine, 5 May 2006
    • (with Fourie, T.) “Peru’s Heritage, South Africa’s Treasure” in Vuka SA, Volume 2, Number 3, 1997
    • “Indigenous Jewellery” in Vuka SA, Volume 2, Number 2, 1997
    • “Ancient Peruvian Ceramics – the Chancay Tradition” in National Ceramics Quarterly, Number 39, 1997
    • (with Du Preez, C.) “The Madiba Freedom Museum” in Vuka SA, Volume 1, Number 2, 1995