Elspeth (Eppie) McFarlane

Membership Number: SAF03160

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Province:Western Cape

Profession Details

Media:Newspapers, Public Relations
Speciality:General, Environment, Education, Food, Training
Profession:Writer, Copywriter, Trainer/Lecturer, Proofreader, Translator, Subeditor, Researcher, Copyeditor


I grew up in the Eastern Cape, completed my schooling at DSG in Grahamstown where I was fluent enough to be allowed to do both English and Afrikaans as first language for Matric. The next stage of my life was 5 years at Rhodes University where I emerged as a primary school teacher with a BA to boot (with History III, Economic History II and Afrikaans/Nederlands II). I variously taught at primary schools, ran my husband’s software development business and brought up our daughters. In 2003 I ended up teaching English as a foreign language (obtained a TEFL Certificate) in Somerset West. I have over the years written a number of short pieces for the local community newspaper Bolander. I have also done some paid, and sometimes unpaid, writing and translation pieces. I also proofread and edited a BSc Geography masters thesis last year. This was especially interesting as the subject was Periglacial landforms of the Ahlmannryggen and Jutulsessen areas of western Dronning Maud land, Antarctica. I had never had much experience of geography and knew very little about Antarctica! In addition, the author of the thesis is severely dyslexic so there were times when I really had to proof read carefully. The enjoyment of doing this task cemented my thoughts and here I am, at age 60, planning to develop and hone my skills and change my profession. I have my first assignment – to write and translate a press release for someone who gave me my first paid task.

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