Author | Scriptwriter | Presenter

About Elaine

About Elaine

Elaine Macdonald is predominately known as an author, scriptwriter and children’s television presenter in South Africa. She began her career writing radio programme content, book reviews and corporate scripts. Three years later she was invited to become one of the writers of the children’s edutainment programme, Kideo (winner of the 1993 Japan International Prize). This series was followed by Fundani Nathi and more recently, Fun Factory. In all she has written over 1000 educational television scripts!

It is no surprise that when writers were needed by MacMillan Education to revamp the South Africa school’s reading curriculum that Elaine was chosen as one of the main authors of the series, ‘Readers are Leaders’. These books have now been translated into all of the official languages and are widespread throughout the country’s schools.

In 2018 Penguin Random House SA published Elaine’s first book in rhyme called ‘I see an Elephant’, followed in 2020 by ‘I see a Rhinoceros’. These are the first 2 books in the ‘Crazy Big 5’ series. I see a Lion will be in the shops in November 2020. More to follow in 2021! Vanessa Mearns, her daughter, provided the beautiful illustrations. The mother and daughter team visit many schools doing book readings, workshops and drawing demonstrations.

Currently Elaine is also the General Manager of the School of Applied Non Destructive Examination and has recently written their access learning modules to assist prospective engineering students to prepare for their courses as effectively as possible.

Elaine holds a BA from UNISA in Art history and Ancient History, an honours degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Classics and a Masters degree in Roman art and Architecture from the University of Johannesburg. Her degrees were all awarded cum laude.

Elaine has a unique style of writing based on her academic and entertainment training. She is able to reach learners of all ages, backgrounds and cultures quite easily. Her motto is: ‘Learning should always be fun!’