Apart from her work for the SCBWI and lecturing on children’s book illustration, Marjorie spent most of 2011 in her studio in Gordon’s Bay near Cape Town illustrating two picture books for young readers and two youth chapter books. Goblin Diaries: Apprenticed to the Red Witch by Alex D’Angelo was published by Tafelberg Publishers (South Africa) in August. Lapa Publishers (South Africa) will publish Sam by Ingrid VanderVeken early in 2012. The two picture books, Numbers Do and Ears Hear were written for the Chinese Market by Kathleen Ahrens (SCBWI RA Chairperson) and Chu-Ren Huang - these are scheduled for publication by Sun Ya Publications (Hong Kong) in early 2012.
A highlight for Marjorie in 2011 was the exhibition in March at the University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, of her original illustrations
for Die Avonture van Alice in Wonderland (published by Human & Rousseau in 2010), the Afrikaans translation by André P Brink, one of South Africa’s most distinguished and world-renowned novelists, of Lewis Caroll’s classic.
In October Marjorie and Elaine Ridge hosted a week-long Spring Event, attended by Steve Mooser, Sally Crock and Erzsi Deak,in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the SCBWI.
During the year Marjorie was guest lecturer at various schools, colleges and libraries; in June she lectured at a writing school facilitated by the ATKV (Afrikaans Language and Culture Society) in Gauteng, in September, for the third consecutive year, she facilitated a week-long children’s book illustration course as part of the Spring School at the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University, in November she lectured at a refresher course for librarians offered by the University of Western Cape.
Pan Macmillan published Lulama’s long way home, a picture book Marjorie wrote and illustrated, in 2007 and in 2011 the Zulu version,Uhambo LukaLulama Olude won the W.B. Mkhize Award given by the Usiba Writers’ Guild.