The dedicated schools programme day of the South African Book Fair saw more than 400 educators and learners from across Gauteng participate in an engaging and entertaining programme, designed to expand and nurture a love of reading and books amongst South Africans.
A multilingual reading of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, was a huge hit with the children – and continues in the National Book Week Magic Tent on Saturday and Sunday. Also drawing a crowd was Dr Gcina Mhlophe’s mesmerising Stories of Africa which she will be sharing again today at 11h30 in the Event Space.
Other highlights of the school’s day were:
- An interactive reading by multilingual champion Xolisa Guzula from the comic story, Halala Winner! This story about a boy who is bullied at school but ends up a hero really hit home with learners grappling with these issues.
- A session titled This Thing Called The Future which saw American writer and the founder of Catalyst Press, Jessica Powers, launch the sequel to this award-winning tale of love and survival.
- 5 Lessons from Champions, a motivational talk for teens by Jeremy Daniels inspired by his Road to Glory series which draws from the lives of South African sport heroes like Siya Kolisi, Hashim Amla and Caster Semenya.
- Find Your SA Art Heroes – a journey of discovery with renowned art expert Dr. Cobi Labuschagne and designer Lauren Mulligan through the world of contemporary South African art and artists, featuring the works of Mary Sibande, Zander Blom, Banele Khoza, Billie Zangewa and many more. Visitors can catch this again on Saturday at 10h00.
Poetry for Young Adults which saw Quaz Roodt and Nthabiseng Jahrose Jafta perform some of the gems from their oeuvre, and share their advice for aspiring young poets.
A wonderful day of nurturing a love of books and readings in young South Africans ended with the announcement of the Sunday Times Literary Awards, which marked the official opening of the Fair.
- Saturday and Sunday are when the general public is welcomed to the secure and contained Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill for a full two-day programme that will see more than 100 poets, authors and storytellers take part in 53 stimulating, engaging, topical and unmissable sessions.