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Peter Slingsby

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Peter Slingsby combines a number of passionate interests in his working life, being an environmental educator and a writer. He is also a cartographer, and as cartographer for the National Hiking Way he has produced maps of all the major hiking trails in South Africa, as well as providing maps and drawings in a variety of different books and publications. He has in addition published several guides to the environment of the Western Cape.

Peter's interest in rock art, which is strongly and strikingly reflected in The joining (which was translated into Dutch under the title De rotsschildering and is also being published in Thailand in 2003), began some thirty years ago, and he is the author and illustrator of a series of guide books entitled Rock art of the Western Cape. His particular love of the Cederberg mountains is reflected in both The joining and Jedro's bane.

Since 1996 he has been involved in authoring, illustrating and publishing travel and rock art guidebooks of the Southern Cape and Cederberg areas. Working with his wife, Maggie, a teacher, he assisted Kagiso Publishers in the initiation and publishing of the first-ever multilingual African reading scheme for Foundation Phase to be developed in indigenous languages.

Peter's novel, The cave, was a runner-up in the Sanlam competition in 1985, and in 1996 he was one of the five main prize-winners with The joining. Other youth novels from his pen are Tomas, Leopard boy and Flood Sunday. In 2002 Jedro's bane won the Gold Prize.

Peter is currently the cartographer for the officially endorsed maps of the Cape Peninsula National Park, from Table Mountain to Cape Point. He and Maggie live in Lakeside, Cape Town, and they have three grown-up children.

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