PROJECTS TO DEVELOP A CULTURE OF READING & WRITING AND SUPPORT SMALL PUBLISHERS
The JBF has a number of ongoing projects that are implement throughout the year to further its aims and these include:
THE JOZI BOOK FAIR CHILDREN’S PROJECT (POETRY BUDDIES)
- The Children’s Programme encourages reading, writing and art. The project prioritises work with children;
- Story-telling and Reading events for children that also emphasise indigenous language literature and stories;
- Reading and writing circles at primary schools, pre-primary schools, Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Centres in townships, orphanages, & the public;
- Publishing the writing by children (poetry and short stories); and creating partnerships to publish writing by children.
Tshohang Batjha (Arise Youth)
- Tsohang Batjha (TB) is a project of the JBF organising youth in schools and orphanage centres to read and write in all languages;
- Tsohang Batjha participates in the JBF festival, conversing with authors;
- The TB Library is a reading group that provides a platform for youth to read books, write stories, poetry and reviews, engage each other and share ideas;
- The TB school’s Programme encourages reading, writing, and art. The project prioritises work with youth;
- TB helps schools with the running of their book clubs;
- TB runs workshops for library monitors equipping them with a variety of skills;
- Publishing the writing by youth (poetry and short stories);
- Publications for Book Clubs on how to set up and run reading circles; and develop good reading and writing skills;
- TB members produce a quarterly newsletter for youth in schools and OVC’s and
Short stories competition for youth
THE JOZI BOOK FAIR READERS PROJECT ASSISTS WITH:
- Reading Skills Workshops to overcome barriers to reading amongst readers of all ages;
- Publications for Reading Circles or Book Clubs on how to set up and run reading circles; and develop good reading and writing skills;
- Reading, Spelling Bee and General Knowledge Competitions to promote interest in reading;
- High School Literature Circles that include teachers and students and promote reading and writing at schools;
- The Project works with various constituencies: schools, youth, women, workers and book clubs in communities and the public.
THE JOZI BOOK FAIR WRITERS PROJECT ASSISTS WITH:
- Writing Workshops with all JBF constituencies to develop writing skills for diverse mediums; and feeds into JBF and Khanya College newsletters;
- A programme of interactions between local and international writers, especially those from Africa;
- Creative writing workshops for readers to encourage them to tell their stories;
- A ‘Meet the author’ programme to provide interaction between established writers and new writers;
- Conversations between readers and writers, to inform writers about the stories readers want to read, and to give writers feedback on their books.
THE JOZI BOOK FAIR PUBLISHERS PROJECT
This project provides capacity-building support to writers and publishers to publish books affordably so that they are more accessible to readers. The JBF will participate in local, national and international publishing events to build partnerships and a broader movement.
JOZI BOOK FAIR WEBSITE
Access to the web is vital to grow a culture of reading and writing, and to build a strong publishing movement. The JBF website will provide:
- Assistance in the listing (and updates) of the reading circles or book clubs, their activities, what they reading, and their requests to authors and publishers;
- A platform where readers, authors, and small publishers can post their events and writing;
- A marketing platform for new authors and small publishers.