Author introduces children’s book inspired by Portchie

Portchie and Jill Welsh at the signing in Stellenbosch recently.

Author Jill Welsh has written a nursery school age book incorporating the original and coveted artwork of world renowned South African artist, Portchie.

Joytown is a youthful interpretation of Portchie’s art into a story for all seasons culminating in a message shared by all at Christmas.

Children will be immersed in the wonder of the paintings and rhyming tale of a place they all want to live in.

The bright, colourful images and short narrative make it the perfect, quick bedtime read.

Jill has worked on a variety of creative projects over the past 15 years, from scriptwriting and research to insert producing for five magazine television shows and two children’s cooking programs.

She has produced educational content in collaboration with Woolworths and their FET Design initiative for the Western Cape Education Department’s 2006 curriculum.

She is also a published magazine feature writer and children’s book author (9lives Publishing, 2006) under her maiden name, Jill Manson.

Jill is the founder and owner of Transformed Works, a publishing platform and a developer of creative, corporate content, television scripts, children’s books, stage plays and screenplays (to learn more, visit

She lives in Stellenbosch with her husband, Gavin and two young daughters.

For more information contact Jill Welsh at or 084 434 9284. The paperback book retails for R160.