Book fair for marginalised local writers

by Mawande Jack

Dr Motsoko Pheko author historianThe first book fair marginalised writers from Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage townships opened at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, recently.

During the three-day literary festival budding young writers and experienced wordsmiths will launch their own pieces of literature. Among them are Vodacom journalist award-winner Nosipho Kota with her book Bear Soul and Andile Afrika’s Steve Biko biography.

One of the writers, and organiser of the Ikhwelo Writing Initiative, Ayanda Billie, said the book fair was “aimed at reviving writing and instilling a culture of reading among, especially, the youth in the Nelson Mandela Bay area”.

“There are many people who want to be writers but don’t know how to go about it. The book fair will include workshops for aspirant writers and will also connect them with publishers,” Billie said.

The book fair, which started yesterday and finishes tomorrow, will be attended by historian and former Pan Africanist Congress president Motsoko Pheko who will launch his book on the Freedom Charter. Pheko will also take part in a panel debate with The Herald editor Heather Robertson and writer and academic Vuyisile Msila.

source: The New Age

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