The Jozi Book Fair took place from 1-4 September at the Wits Science Stadium, a lovely open and sunny venue surrounded by tutorial rooms. The theme was “Youth Rising” and young people were in evidence everywhere, singing, dancing, acting and talking about books and reading. Young people were invited to send short stories in to a school competition. Ten of these were selected by Jenny Hatton, Mohale Mashigo and Joan Rankin the book was launched at the fair.
In exchange for our participation in various events, SCBWI was given a stall at the fair. SCBWI members were invited to display their work and assist at the stall. This was all organised by the ever hard-working Matina Genkova-Mpofu. Joan Rankin sat at a nearby table and helped young people to be creative. Many went away with their own little books which they had illustrated.
Thursday and Friday’s programme for school children was followed by workshops for the general public on Saturday and Sunday. These included ones for aspiring and established writers and illustrators of children’s books such as the one offered by Joan Rankin and Jenny Hatton: Stealing Ideas – learning from the experts. See the website www.jozibookfair.org.za