Children's Literature in Southern Africa

It's time for the Kingsmead Book Fair of 2017!

Poster: Kingsmead Book Fair, Johannesburg, 2017

Authors, editors, poets and publishers will congregate at Kingsmead College in Johannesburg on

Saturday 13 May 2017

from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM for the sixth annual Kingsmead Book Fair.

Bibliophiles can expect an assortment of literary discussions including deliberations on political unrest in South Africa, culinary conversations with some of South Africa’s most prolific food-writers, and the nitty-gritty behind the art of short story writing.

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Children's Programme

The Kingsmead Book Fair welcomes renowned and much loved children's authors, illustrators and publishers to the party too, well-known names like:

702’s Xolani Gwala will read from Chris van Wyk’s Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela in Zulu and English: Umnumzana Mvundla uchola imali yephepha engama R200 emnyango. Xa eyiguqula le mali ubona ubosa bukaMnumzana Mandela aze agqibe ekubeni abe ligorha, aye kwisexeko esikhulu saseRhawutini ukuya kubuyisela imali kuMnumzana Mandela.

Authors Corinne Rosmarin, Zanele Dlamini and Kate Sidley will also present Book Dash tales of birthday surprises, while psychologist Jo Hamilton provides a glimpse into her toolbox as she shares tips from her book The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids.

For teens, Lauri Kubuitsile (from Botswana) author of the Aunt Lulu books: Signed, Hopelessly in Love and Signed, the Secret Keeper will be chatting with Ros Haden about teen romance! You'll find them in Teen Studio 2 at 15:00.

Liebet Jooste introduces LiebetlandA Colouring Book, the National Children’s Theatre will entertain the children with Khokho’s Treasure and award winning Lauren Beukes will be in the Arts Studio with the theme Create-A-Critter.

Don't miss this out!

Kingsmead Book Fair also supports numerous literary projects across the country, encouraging and instilling a love of reading and contributing to South African literacy rates across the board. These organisations are all supported by this singular book fair.

  • The Link Reading Programme,
  • Alexandra Education Committee,
  • Sparrow Schools,
  • Read to Rise and
  • St Vincent’s School for the Deaf

For queries and bookings go to Kingsmead Book Fair.