Elaine Ridge has taught in England, Scotland and South Africa. She has also been involved in teaching Childen’s literaturae to pre-service teachers at the University of Stellenbosch up till 2005. In 1997 she presented lectures on SA children’s literature in Sweden while she was a visiting professor at the University of Linkøping. She has also presented a course on English editing (and at times on translation) for the Arts and Social Sciences Faculty at SU.
She has had three of her translations of children’s books published and has edited a number of children’s books for South African publishers. She has also led or been part of a team that has produced a series of English text books and she has also written a number of guides for teachers. .
Since leaving the Gauteng Dept of Education, Jenny has written and edited numerous English and Life Orientation textbooks and published 3 picture books illustrated by Joan Rankin. Finding Aunt Joan and Moving House were Bookchat’s Books of the Year, 2011; Finding Aunt Joan won the Crystal Kite award in 2012. Jenny is now writing a story to be illustrated by Marleen Visser and a novel for young adults.
( Jenny has organised events in Gauteng for SCBWI SA since 2007 )