Writing

Copywriting for websites, social media, travel, and blogs. Strong, versatile content that gets to the heart of any subject.

  • Website Content – Translating even the most complex of products or services into accessible, compelling stories.
  • Social Media – Facebook and Twitter accounts that grow dialogue.
  • Travel – Insights from the heart of a destination.
  • Blogs – Creative writing with an engaging, individual voice that keep readers coming back.
  • Proposals – Business pitches and reports that speak clearly, simply, and plainly to the people who matter.

Portfolio

Zanzibar

Travel (2017)

Why Go? Three syllables: Zan-Zee-Barrr… The name flicks and zings off the tongue like strange, scented fruit. Zanzibar. A universal shared shorthand of all that’s spicy, sensuous, exotic.”

Zanzibar’s beaches eclipse the promise of the glossy postcard. They dwarf the hand-held phone frame of Instagram. They’re viscerally beautiful. The banded colours of the ocean; cerulean blue, topaz, that change and shift through the day like a sea-bound sunset in aqua. It really is that deep blue, that transporting.

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A Rav 4 Rental in East Africa

Travel (2014)

Atheists make better drivers. Though Tanzania is nominally secular, the majority of the populace is evangelical Christian or devout Muslim. Never trust a driver with a firm belief in the afterlife.”

I’ve never liked Toyota Rav4s much. Something of the styling always spoke to me of neon, spandex, and other day-glo transgressions of 80s surfer fashion. Rav4s were to me, salsa and nachos to Land Rover’s meat pie -basketball shoes and hoop earrings to the gumboots and tweed jackets of my Biggles-obsessed Anglophile youth in the Natal Midlands.

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Darryl Hebbes: Berlin Knifemaker

Lifestyle (2016)

Tweaking sequences of electrons into haiku-simple lines of code, and the thoughtful, painstaking millennia-old craft of knife making both take careful planning and intense focus. Grinding raw steel into whisper-sharp blades is “in magnitudes far, far more dangerous, though.”

As a South African emigre who’s lived his last six summers in Berlin, Darryl Hebbes describes himself as a “Knife maker, and computer programmer — in that order.

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Tenacity Works

Website text (2015)

A good verbal and visual solution, made with love, makes you and the people around you feel warm, optimistic, and happy– like that feeling you had the first time you heard the Beatles. All you need is love.”

We strive for a nimble lightness of touch in all our digital dialogues — from the satisfying click of a mouse, the easy thumb swipe on a smartphone, or the open-handed musing of using a tablet as you lie on the couch.

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Victorian Myth Busters

Humour (2011)

After several hours of beating the devil from his mortal soul, Aloysius has confessed to a string of Onanistic wickedness. Will this cause blindness?”

Hosted by men of Science, Thadeus Pyle and Jebediah Kneebone, Victorian Myth Busters blends the age of the enlightenment, sound biblical principals and the glamour of the photo picture into a rollicking slice of edu-tainment. With a steady supply of wretched whores, drunkards, debtors and urchins to use their cutting-edge scientific contraptions on, Thadeus and Jebedia get to work debunking or confirming the popular myths of the Victorian age.

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Collegiate Crumpet Bagging

Humour (2012)

OMG! Emily Dickinson is the shizz. Seriously, dudes. Awesome! LOL! Recluse stationery fetishist (Male, 44). Possibly out of his depth with today’s youth. KTHX!”

Having failed to woo impressionable buxom young totty in the mean streets of suburban Johannesburg, I’ve relocated my philandering appetites to a house at the sea, a day-raid’s distance from a provincial, oak-laned university town.

The sleepy collegiate hamlet is sardined with callow, sulky-bodied English literature students. Mousey-haired, cardigan-wearing, sun-shy Ophelias haunt the bookshops, shoplifting Brontë anthologies and crowding the Emily Dickinson section thick as barnacles on a ship hull.

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Stuff my clients say...

Tim has the wonderfully rare talent of being able to create original content that delights the reader. His style is creative and adaptable to suit any channel. I've worked with Tim primarily on online projects and I love how one piece of content can be tweaked and used within any digital platform. Tim writes content that is unique and grabs the reader's attention. It's the kind of content that people enjoy reading and that makes brands stand out because of its uniqueness. If I were to recommend a writer - for any kind of project or campaign - Tim would always be at the top of the list. He's a master wordsmith.”

Annabel Yeaman. Director, Tenacity Works.

Past writing work

Jameson Whiskey - Facebook, Twitter (2012)

Overhauling Jameson's Facebook and Twitter pages into creative, eclectic scrapbooks of cool. Likes, comments, and shares increased by 46%, with no advertising- just word-of-mouth.

Vodafone – Blog (2013)

Freelance writing for Young Africa Live! Nigeria. A monthly column about love, relationships, and life. Tailored for a mobile phone-only audience of over 400 000 subscribers.

News24 – Online magazine (2008 – 2014)

Travel writing on Sub-Saharan African destinations.

Getaway Magazine – Blog (2013)

Travel writing blog.

KIA – Facebook (2010)

Writing and designing KIA Motor’s social media presence.

Websites – Online content for blue chip clients (2007 – present)

Website content for 1time Airlines, Diesel Clothing, Discovery Health, Mercedes Benz, and Virgin Mobile.