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Personal Biographer

You have a story that ought to be told

Let Martin Hatchuel, your personal biographer, tell your story - whether you want to:

  • Leave a legacy for your grandkids;
  • Teach others how you succeeded;
  • Record the process of developing a project or creating a business; or
  • Create a memoir of a memorable trip or sporting achievement; 

Beginning with interviews (by phone or online, or in one-on-one meetings), working through notes and records, and referencing any other sources you may have available, Martin will work your personal story, family history, or case study into a compelling tale - because storytelling is what he does best!

And once you're happy with the written word, he'll manage the process of putting your story onto paper - choosing and curating images, working with your designer (Jo Hugo - see below) to prepare the material for publication, and finally liaising with printers to deliver the final product in as few - or as many - copies as you want. 

  • Gallery images: the cover and a sample spread from a 42-page book produced for three pals who wanted a record of a memorable road trip. Weaving their personal notes and comments together with stories sourced from the places they visited en route, the book became a poignant reminder for all, and a meaningful gift for one member of the team when he emigrated overseas. (Text and layout: Martin Hatchuel. Photos: clients' own.)

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Fiona Smith, storyteller

  • A storyteller with international experience (fluent in English and French), Fiona has a passion for live storytelling, and also for writing personal stories for posterity.
  • Fiona writes imagined stories under the nome de plume, Yonna Kowalski.
  • Contact (mobile or Whatsapp): +27(0)79 999 9321

Jo Hugo, designer & genealogist 

  • Jo is available to work with Martin or Fiona - and you! - to design the layout of your story - whether you want to publish in pdf or print format
  • Perhaps you want to trace your family tree as part of your story? Jo is an experienced genealogist.
  • Visit or contact her via her site: designetc.co.za