About Pixie EmsliePixie Emslie is a former journalist who worked on newspapers in Durban and Johannesburg, as well as on magazines in South Africa and in London. After working in Communication for several large corporates, Pixie set up her own communications consultancy in 1990. For 15 years, she has successfully assisted many South African corporations with internal communication issues as well as working closely with many trade unions and management to facilitate innovative ways of promoting channels of communication between the two. She received numerous awards and accolades including the South African Consumer Award when she was Editor of a lifestyle publication, Soweto Today.
IABC Member Since 1991...Pixie was instrumental in the establishment of the Southern Africa Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in 1991. She was the first President of the Chapter and she was amongst the first group of South Africans to achieve their accreditation in 1993. In 1995, Pixie received the IABC Chairman’s Award in recognition of her contribution to the organization. She also chaired the EXCEL (Excellence in Communication Leadership) Award committee in 1996, presenting this prestigious global award to Sir Bill Gallagher, OBE at a conference in Dallas, Texas. She has spoken at numerous IABC conferences and corporate seminars. Pixie was made an IABC Fellow, receiving the award in San Francisco, in July 2009. The Fellow designation is IABC’s highest honor, a professional lifetime achievement award that recognizes members who have continually made outstanding contributions to the communication profession, to their organization, and to IABC.
Pixie In A Nutshell...Pixie is happily married and lives in the southern Cape of South Africa with her husband and two big friendly dogs. Here she spends her time writing, cooking, gardening and walking on the beach. Pixie has also done the flowers for several weddings and other functions.
I am a born and bred, 10th Generation (Yes, Tenth Generation!) South African, descended from French Huguenots who came to South Africa from France in 1688. The French heritage must run in my veins as I love cooking, and of course writing. My first effort was at the age of 12 when I wrote a complete book about life at a boarding school. Then came various other stories, until finally I wrote – and published – Cry of the Rocks. Only when I had completed this did I begin to appreciate exactly what is involved in actually writing a whole book! Hats off to the thousands out there who have done so, seemingly effortlessly, too. Always wanting to write, my first job was on The Daily News, a wonderful newspaper in Durban, South Africa. Then came magazines in London, UK, and more years on newspapers and magazines back in south Africa. I taught industrial editors, lectured on various courses, have been a speaker at seminars and conferences both in South Africa, UK and in the USA. I was the founding President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in South Africa, and am an Honorary Fellow of that organisation. I love writing short stories and am a member of the Southern Cape Writers’ Group and of the South African Writers’ Circle. I have written two romance novels, and am working on the third. What fun, and with summer here as well. Bridal flowers in Cape proteas and fynbos.