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Jozi Book Fair: 26-27 September 2014, Central Johannesburg College, Ellis Park campus.
Countdown to Jozi Book Fair, and to meet Guest of the Fair, Zakes Mda, your book club members and interesting people – children, youth and women -who are launching their books and hosting events.
The fair bring together a number of authors, artists, librarians, and literary activists to host a number of activities including conversations with authors, book launches, workshops, seminars, a mini film festival and round table discussions. The JBF is also a platform for members of the public to host their events.

Overview of JBF Programme

  • Both days, Friday and Saturday are open to the public. The JBF includes an exhibition of books and related materials by publishers and ngos.
  • The Friday includes a Schools’ Programme from 8.00 to 1.00pm and
  • A Children’s Programme on Saturday, 27 September, from 9.00 to 2pm.
Below is a brief summary of the JBF Highlights of the JBF, activities according to theme & the detailed Programme.

# Guest of Fair, Zakes Mda @ JBF 2014
The Guest of the Fair Zakes Mda will participate in a range of activities including:
  • Conversations with students (Schools Programme, Friday 26th Sept, 12.30);
  • Theatre Performance: You Fool, how can the Sky Fall?, will be performed on both days (Friday & Saturday);
  • A Roundtable discussion on ‘Art and Conscience’ with various artists with Steve Mokwena, Bridget Thompson & Phala O. Phala (Friday @ 5.00pm);
  • Key Note address at the JBF Reception: By Invitation only (Friday, 7.00pm)
  • A Conversation, ‘Women characters in the books of Zakes Mda’ with Prof. Desiree Lewis (UWC), (Saturday @ 12 noon)
  • A Roundtable discussion: The writing of Zakes Mda and 20 years of democracy in South Africa  with Dr. Akpome Aghogho (Saturday @ 4.00pm)
# On the JBF Theme: Reading the word and the world: the role of book clubs: &the JBF Book Club Network
  • A special programme where JBF Book Club members talk about their favourite authors, books, & building a readers’ movement.
  • JBF Book club members will be in ‘conversation with authors’.
  • The JBF Book Club Network will also launch its website at the fair to facilitate discussions between book clubs and members about authors and books; and assist to build a movement of readers of all ages in all the languages of Southern Africa.
  • JBF Book Clubs Talk with school youth about the books they are reading, (Friday, 26 Sept at 10.50-11.30).
  •  Encouraging children’s book clubs & Story telling, Children’s programme (Saturday, 27th September, 9-2pm)
  • CLING (Freedom Park Book Club)  – Play and discussion (Saturday, 27 Sept, 12.00-12.50)
  • Conversation with author: Not your weekend special: Brenda Fassie by Bongani Madondo with Lungile Zakwe (Afrika Freedom Station Book Club) (Saturday, 27th September, 1.00-1.50pm)
  • Conversation with author: Out of the Bush by James Hendry with Graham Barbour (Khanya Book Club) (Saturday, 27th September, 11.00-11.50)
  • JBF Book Club Network discussion and launch of JBF BOOK CLUB NETWORK WEBSITE LAUNCH. Book club members discuss the authors and books they are reading, & Giveaways (Saturday, 3.00pm)
  • Light Refreshments served.

# Roundtable Discussions at the JBF on Friday and Saturday
·       Marikana: Workers Conditions 2 years later
With David van Wyk (Benchmarks), Prince Mashele (the Fall of the ANC), Asanda Benya (Wits PhD candidate), Joseph Mathunjwa (tbc) (Friday at 3pm)
·       South Africa 20 years later: democracy and impunity
With Mtutu Nyoka (A hill of Fools), Prof. Paulus Zulu (A Nation in Crisis, UKZN) and Shadrack Gutto (UNISA). (Friday at 4pm)
·       Art and Conscience: A Conversation with Zakes Mda
With Steve Mokwena, Bridget Thompson, Phalo O Phala and Khwezi Gule (tbc)    (Friday at 5pm)
·       Children, Childhood and literature in South Africa
With Firdoze Bulbulia (Africa Children’s Broadcasting), Marcus Solomon (Children’s Resource Centre) and UNICEF (tbc) (Saturday at 12noon)
·       ANC Women’s League: Sex, Gender and Politics
With Prof. Shireen Hassim (author), Zukiswa Wanner, Mercia Andrews and Pumla Gqola (tbc) (Saturday at 2pm)
·       Why Israel? A focus on Zionism and human rights
With Suraya Dadoo and F. Osman (authors), Na’eem Jeenah (AMEC) and Salim Vally (UJ) (Saturday at 3pm)

# JBF Schools Programme (Friday, 8-1.00pm)
This is a special programme for schools. This includes a choice of 20 parallel workshops for students related to ‘the word’, 8.00-1.00pm. Programme of exhibitions, publisher and ngo stalls, Book Talk with the book clubs, theatre performance of Zakes Mda play, You fool, how can the sky fall; and a conversation with the Guest of the Fair, the Zakes Mda.  (See Schools Programme below)

DRAFT SCHOOLS PROGRAMME - JOZI BOOK FAIR, Friday, 26 September 2014, Central Johannesburg College, Ellis Park
Welcome & arrivals
Phala, Juliet Kabe and Thabo Letoaba
Introductions by Tsohang Batjha

Writing short stories: a workshop
Shafinaaz Hassim, author & self publisher

Poetry workshop
Faradiba Morton, literary activist

Spoken word: workshop
Mak Manaka, poet and artist

Woodworking: A Do-it-yourself book on how to make a living and/or to make gifts from wood.
Peter Alkema

Music and lyrics: writing songs a music workshop on putting words to music
Harmony Rhythms

From literature to films workshop: CRY of LOVE the workshop focuses on books and making films.
Firdoze Bulbulia, Moments Entertainment

Write your own history   - this workshop encourages students to write about their family or township.
Kwezi Gule, Curator, Soweto Museum

Drama workshop: Unpacking Nothing but the Truth by John Kani.
Phala O Phala, actor and director, Botswana & Wits University

Born-frees & SA's 2014 Elections? Workshop on youth voting in the 2014 Elections.

TB book clubs: writing a newsletter. A practical workshop to produce a TB newsletter.
Thabo Letoaba, Juliet Kabe, members of JBF Team

Workshop on Writing Biographies: Brenda Fassie: Not your weekend special (Bongani Masondo).   
Bongani Madondo

Open Mic poetry - For the lovers of poetry, listen and perform!
Thabo Letoaba, the JBF Team

Street Art: Open City Exhibition
The workshop includes a discussion & walkabout of the Exhibition & the use of the written word.
Wesley Pepper: artist

Wall Murals, the word & Jozi Book Fair. Wall murals go back to the anti-apartheid struggle and beyond. How does the written word affect wall murals?
Sthembele Ngobeni, artist and member of the JBF.

Making Comics
Clinton Young

Introduction to social media

Cell phones and reading:
Dorothy Dyer, FUNDZA

From Literature to Film, The Tree of Life by A. Said
Bridget Thompson, Tomas Films
Break (20 minutes)
10.55 -11.30
Book Clubs Talk with Reading Ambassador: Luli Callinicos about the books they are reading
Nosipho Mdletshe and Luli Callinicos
Theatre performance of Zakes Mda's Play: You Fool, How can the Sky fall?
Performance, directed by Phala O Phala
Zakes Mda in Conversation with Schools
JBF Reading Ambassador
Lunch & Schools leave

# JBF Children (Saturday, 9-2.00pm)
(see programme below)
·       JBF, Faradiba Morton & Rhodes Park Library: Rhodes Park Poetry Buddies will launch their book of poetry and drawings (Saturday @ 10.30am).
·       Camping in the Woods, a poetry book by 12 year old, Lethabo Mpete. Book launch (Saturday, 11am)
·       JBF & Finnish Literature (FILI), LAUNCHES first CHILDREN’s book, The little Troll’s Tail, in SESOTHO & TSHIVENDA. About children’s rights with Finnish author, Sari Vento (Saturday @ 11.30am).
·       The Children’s Programme ‘PLAYING WITH LANGUAGE’, Saturday, from 9am -2pm. Includes: storytelling, games, face painting, book launches, songs, and an exhibitions.  

Jozi Book Fair Children’s Programme, Saturday, 27th September, 9.00 - 2.00pm,
Central Johannesburg College, Ellis Park campus

Welcome to JBF Children's programme
JBF Reading Ambassador, Luli Callinicos
Phala O Phala and Thabo Letoaba

Story telling
Bongani: Nali Bali

NACTIES - Songs & music
National Children's Theatre

Camping in the Woods, Poetry Book Launch
Segachris Publishing's 12 year old author: Lethabo Mpete
Juice and fruit

Jozi book Fair

Little Troll: Book Launch in Sesotho & Tshivenda/ english & FINNISH
JBF & FILI - Thabo - Sesotho. Ivonia - Tshiv. Sari Vento author of book, Finland.
Music, Games: with language
Children's Resource Centre, Cape Town.

African story telling

Story telling
Zukiswa Wanner, SA author

#  Women at the JBF
·       Seminar discussion: Writing Today: young feminist authors discuss work, perspectives and challenges, (Friday, 26 Sept, 2.00-2.50)
·       Roundtable discussion: ANC Women’s League: Sex, Gender and Politics, with Prof. Shireen Hassim, Prof. Jacklyn Cock (Saturday, 27 Sept, 2.00-2.50)
·       Book Launch: Rising up, Moving on, women survivors of abuse read their stories (NISAA), (Saturday, 11am-11.50)
·       Women characters in the novels of Zakes Mda
              with Prof. Desiree Lewis (UWC), (Saturday 12.00-12.50)

# South Africa, Migrant Labour & Heritage
Gold & Workers: 1886-1924 - A People’s History of South Africa (Khanya Publishing) by historian and JBF Reading Ambassador, Luli Callinicos, will be launched. A ‘must read’ for all South Africans’ (Saturday @ 1.00pm).
Hostels, Homes and Museums by Noeleen Morris and Leslie Witz will be launched, with Ali Hlongwane, Deputy Director of City of Johannesburg Museum (Saturday at 2pm)

# Exhibitions
·       OPEN CITY Exhibition: It’s a Verb not a Noun
A multi-media exhibition about the city of Johannesburg, by artists Wesley Pepper and Andrew Whisper, in collaboration with Jozi Book Fair. Exhibition Opens Friday at 3.oopm.
·       Marikana Photographic Exhibition with photos by Pulitzer prize- winner, Greg Marinovich and City Press Photographers.
·       Children of Asazi - An Exhibition with my father – Mak Manaka
·       Tamara Swartz: A child’s paintings
·       Children Resource Centre Exhibition – celebrating thirty-five years of work with children.

# JBF Partnership with City of Johannesburg
JBF’spartnership with the CoJ highlights the work of the city’s various museums: Workers Museum, the Soweto Museum, the Transport Museum, Museum Africa and the Johannesburg Art Museum.
#  Promoting Reading, Literacy and Literature Activities
(Parents, guardians, educators & librarians encouraged to attend)
  •  A workshop hosted by Goethe Institute: Promoting early reading, literacy and equal opportunities in education, with Ulrike Annick Weber. Weber, German Ministry of Education, (Friday, 2.00-3.30am).
  • A Workshop hosted by Goethe Institute: Digital Media and the promotion of Reading with Ulrike Annick Weber (Saturday, 11.00-11.50am)
  • A workshop and launch of her poetry workbook, Children are the future, by Faradiba Morton. Morton was instrumental in the Rhodes Park Buddies poetry and drawing book (Saturday, 10-12.00noon)
  • A Seminar Discussion: Helping your Child to Read (ALL LANGUAGES), by Prof. Pretorius, UNISA (Saturday at 12.00-12.50).
  • A Workshop with FunDza: Teens/family and the public: Using Cell phone technology to promote Reading, Literacy and Literature.
  •  (Saturday, 1.00-1.50).

# Publishing Events (Friday and Saturday)
·       Print, reading, book culture and debate in SA (Friday at 3pm)
Print, text and book culture (Wits Press), Archie Dick, who is also the author of a UKZN press book, The Hidden History of South Africa's Book and Reading Cultures will talk together with Corinne Sandwith, author of World of letters: reading communities and cultural debates in early apartheid South Africa (UKZN)
·       Developing a critical reading culture in South Africa: What role for publishers? Porcupine Press, Jozi Book Fair and SA Book Council (tbc) (Friday at 2pm, tbc)
·       Publishers, Self-Publishers and Emerging Publishers: Support services from the National Library of South Africa (Saturday, 12 noon)
·       Self publishing: an introduction to self publishing and the publishing industry in South Africa. Dudu Mabaso (Black Letter Media) Porcupine Press (Saturday at 2pm)

# Conversations with Authors, Workshops and Seminars, and Book Launches on Friday and Saturday  (Please see below for details.)
A Flawed Freedom a commentary on South Africa, 2.00-2.50
2.00 - 250
Eli Kodisang
Dale McKinley
Writing Today: Young feminist authors discuss work, perspectives & challenges
2.00 - 250
Shafinaaz Hassim, Zukiswa Wanner & Angela Makholwa (tbc)
 Pumla Gqola (tbc)
2.00 - 250
Perfect Hlongwane
Searatoa van Driel (tbc)
Print, reading, book culture and debate in South Africa
3.00 - 3.50
Archie Dick & Corinne Sandwith 
Isabel Hofmeyr tbc  
Education, Economy and Society
3.00 - 3.50
Salim Vally & Enver Motala (UJ)
Liberation Diaries: Reflections on 20 years of democracy
3.00 - 3.50
Busani Ncgqeni
Mondli Hlatswayo
A Native of Nowhere: Nat Nakasa
3.00 - 3.55
Ryan Brown
Malcolm Ray
The Right to Knowlaunch and discuss their ‘Secret State of the Nation 2014’ Report.
Bongani Xezwi & Dale McKinley
FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS & LIBRARIANS Promoting early reading, literacy and equal opportunities in education
2.00 - 3.30
Ulrike Annick Weber, a Guest of the Goethe institute, works for the Ministry of Education, in Germany.
Goethe Institute
BLOGGING: What is blogging and how to blog?
2.00 - 2.50
Philosophical mysteries in words: Civilizations and the written word
2.00 - 2.50
New Acropolis Publishers
 Developing a critical reading culture in South Africa: What role for publishers????
2.00 - 2.50
SA Book Council (TBC), Porcupine Press, JBF, & Pan Macmillan (TBC)
Literature and translation: The Little Troll's Tail from the Finnish to English to Sesotho and Tshivenda
2.00 - 2.50
Rosalia Nankin (UNISA), Jacob Moikanyang (independent), Sari Vento (author)
James Mafela tbc
 Challenging housing Evictions in South Africa Today
2.00 - 2.50
Michael Clark (SERI), Mogane (Tembisa Residents Association),   & M Tsotetsi (Gauteng Concerned Residents)
Access to Rights and the Challenges facing Advice Centres in South Africa
FHR, NADCAO (tbc) & Legal Aid
Ighsaan Schroeder (TBC)
Rhodes Park Poetry Buddies (Khanya Publishing)children from the local library launch their book.
Members of Poetry Buddies
Faradiba Morton
Poetry Today! (ebook)
12.00- 12.55
Mak Manaka
A Killing in the Sun
12.00- 12.56
Dudu Mabaso
Gold and Workers 1886-1924: A People's History of South Africa - (Khanya Publishing) REPUBLISHED 34 years later!
Luli Callinicos
Petros Mashishi (TBC)
Into the Stars (TML publishing)
Tiaan Lubbe, student at Wits University
Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising migrant labour pasts in Lwandle, South Africa (UCT Press)
2.00 -2.55
Noeleen Morris
Ali Hlongwane
2.00 -2.56
Dilman Dila
Socialism and the church in Kerala(Khanya Publishing)
2.00 -2.57
Mokesh Morar
YOUTH & TEENS Out of the Bush
James Hendry
Graham Barbour, Khanya Book Club
Myths, townships & HIV/Aids in South Africa,: A different kind of Aids
David Dickson in conversation with home base care workers
Grace Khounou (tbc)
God's Little Freak - a conversation based on the novel, about sexuality, God and religion.
Franz-Joseph Kerhan
Rev. Owen Franklin
BLAZE: science fiction book by young writer,still at school
1.00 - 1.50
Reneilwe Mabona
Victor Tembisa, Tsohang Batjha
Not your weekend special with music, biography of Brenda Fassie
1.00 - 1.50
Bongani Madondo
Lungile Zakwe, JBF Book Club coordinators, (Afrika Freedom Station).
Die Sideboard, includes a brief play, about returning 'coloured' soldiers, about loss & struggle.
1.00 - 1.50
Simon Bruinders
Julia Paris
Justice Edwin Cameron: A Personal Account,
2.00 - 2.50
Justice Cameron in conversation with Khanya College bare-foot lawyers/activists.
Mad volunteers & Nomvelo Vundla
TEENS & YOUTH: Reading, book reviews and how to write a review
10.00 - 10.50
Julia Paris, librarian, UJ
YOUTH & EDUCATORS & LIBRARIANS: Poetry Workshop & Launch of Poetry Workbook
10.00 - 10.50
Faradiba Morton, Rhodes Park Library and JBF
 YOUTH: Making comics
Clinton Young
YOUTH: KOTA BOOKS! Bookclubs and book camps
Tsohang Batjha
 YOUTH: Drama Workshop
Phala O Phala
Writing stories: Melville 67 By Zakes Mda TBC.
11.00 -11.50
Tidimalo Sekoateng & Eyitayo Ajayi, Wits Writing Centre
YOUTH: Street Art and the word:
11.00 -11.50
Sthembele Ngobeni & Themba Malaza
TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, PARENTS:              Digital media and the promotion of reading
11.00 -11.50
Ulrike Weber, Goethe Institute
YOUTH: Art meets literature: Open City Exhibition tour and workshop
12.00- 12.50
Wesley Pepper & Andrew Whisper
YOUTH:   Beyond the mind of the oppressed: Music and the spoken word.
12.00- 12.50
Steve Mokoena & Afrika Freedom Station
12.00- 12.50
Prof. Pretorius (UNISA)
PUBLISHERS, SELF PUBLISHERS & EMERGING PUBLISHERS: Support services from the National Library of South Africa
12.00- 12.55
NLSA, Margaret Kibido
Youth/Students/PUBLIC: Cell phones and promoting literacy and literaure
1.00 - 1.50
Dorothy Dyer, Fundza
Baithuthi: Break the bonds of slavery - reading and study groups for adults
KARIBU Newspaper
Philosophical mysteries in words: Civilizations and the written word
2.00 - 2.50
New Acropolis Publishers
Self publishers: Introduction to Self Publishing and the publishing industry in South Africa
2.00 - 2.50
Porcupine Press, Dudu Mabaso

# A Mini Film Festival
The mini festival that focuses on:
·       Cry of Love about human rights and justice (Faith Isiakpere) (Friday at 9.00 and Saturday at This includes a discussion with Firdoze Bulbulia.
·       Tree of Life about modernisation and humanity (Abdulkadir Said) (Friday at 9.00 and Saturday 1.00). This includes a discussion with Bridget Thompson (film-maker).
·       How to survive a plague (TAC) (Friday at 1.00pm and Saturday at 12noon)
·       A Difficult Love (Zanele Muholi, Out in Africa) (Friday at 3.00pm and Saturday 2.00pm). This includes a discussion with Zanele Muholi.
·       Labour issues (WWMP) (on Friday & Saturday, times tbc).
All films will be shown on both days at different times.
The JBF Reception will be Opened by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe. Programme includes Live Jazz (Afrika Freedom Station) and A Play: Iintombi Zobomnyama (Daughters of Darkness) (Wits University). Guest speaker: Guest of the Fair, Zakes Mda and the Honourable Deputy Minister, Thabethe.
Please note the programme is still subject to change, and additions.