MEDIA RELEASE AND ADVISORY
For Immediate Release: 12 JUNE 2017
SOUTH AFRICA’S CHILDREN BOOK FAIR 2017 (#SACBF17) SET TO ROCK EKURHULENI!
South Africa’s Children Book Fair 2017 is set to happen at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg in Ekurhuleni from June 15-18, 2017. Some of the guests to feature include Philani Dladla, Nosipho Shabalala, Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Victorine Mbong Shu, Shakes Dlutu, Stacey Fru and Terence Ball from SA Heritage Publishers.
In 2009, A Book for Every Child Foundation with Vuyokazi Biyana at the helm was founded with the aim of bringing back the culture of reading.
The foundation’s first project renovated and stocked up Igugu Primary School library in Mofolo South, Soweto with new books. This year! the foundation has embarked on a new journey to host South Africa’s first literary festival dedicated to children’s literature!
The 2017 Children’s Book Fair – supported by the City of Ekurhuleni, promises to be a huge event. Its main aim is to increase literacy levels at the elementary level of our education and foster the joy of reading in children. “The next generation of readers will be encouraged to develop analytical skills, enabling them to explore the wealth of information found in books. “ says the Foundation’s pioneering founder – Vuyokazi Biyana.
The Children’s Book fair 2017, also intends for Children’s book writers, publishers, illustrators especially those in disadvantaged areas to have their own platform where they can discuss challenges facing their market and find ways of expanding it to a wider network.
“Apart from growing the love of reading among children and giving industry players a platform, the festival is hoping to raise funds to enable the Foundation to execute its ultimate goal of building and renovating libraries in our community schools so they can be self-sustaining. This especially applies in primary school libraries in disadvantaged communities throughout the country. “ says Biyana.
So who will be featuring at the venue in Ekurhuleni this week? There will be publishers, writers, storytellers, librarians, puppet show as well as other interested parties to participate in our inaugural children’s book fair.
Celebrated storyteller and children book writer Dr Gcina Mhlophe who we last saw giving the keynote address at the Abantu Book Festival will be one of the key participants. Also featuring will be Philani Dladla, author of the Pavement Bookworm who will lead motivational talks,
Nosipho Shabalala will be reading a transcript from her soon to be launched novel “I want to touch the rainbow” a book written for the age group 4 to 7 years at the festival. The book is a must have for every parent who has young kids. Another participant will be Dave Henderson from MyeBook who will be sharing with the audience “How to self-publish your book on Amazon – A simple and easy process”
Full details of the festival
Dates: June 15-18, 2017 (Thursday to Sunday)
Venue: Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Ekurhuleni
Parents (and young adults over 18): R50.00
Children under 13 years: FREE. Children should be in the company of adults at all times.
Tickets are available on line at Webtickets and instore at Pick n Pay.
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