Candice Noaks

Candice Noaks-Dobson is a drama teacher and children’s author. She has taught, directed and produced theatrical productions across all spectrum’s and ages. Candice is married with a daughter, Annabel, whose real-life miniature horse is the hero of the Pancakes books. She is about to release the 5th book in the series ,” A Little Horse Called Pancakes and the Big Scare.” Sale of the books raise valuable funds for The South African Riding for the Disabled, a cause that is particularly close to Candice’s heart.


1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

“I am so proud of the many students I have had the privilege of teaching, seeing them years later and them remembering something we did in drama class or hearing how drama helped them in their careers. 
I am equally proud when children have fallen in love with Pancakes and his adventures and have millions of questions to ask. The enthusiasm and energy is contagious .”

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

Growing up with a father in the spotlight I often second guessed if my achievement’s were because of who my dad was or if I had genuinely earned them. I also felt that often when people met me I would let them down by not meeting their expectations of having a creative brain as apposed to my fathers incredible academic mind . This was a continual battle until university where my parents encouraged me to follow my passion for the arts. It was here that I fell in love with literature and education.

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

“Never in a million years did I ever believe that I would be a children’s author of a little series that children make their parents read a million times over and not only here in South Africa but abroad . The power of storytelling and capturing the imagination of the next generation is so powerful . 
Before COVID we would take the book and ponies to schools to share are love of animals and storytelling . It is through these interactions that I could really tell the impact of the stories

Fun Facts:

“I continually re read Gerald Durrells, My Family and Other Animals. I may have come last in the Verona marathon! (The refreshment stations had already been packed up). My favourite time of day is checking on the ponies in the evenings. It is soo quiet and they each have a different way that they like for you to say goodnight.”

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