20 July, 2016

The World has gone Colour Cray-Cray

See an interesting article about Marleen Visser and colouring in.


Reverting back to childhood through colouring-in.
What’s the deal with adult colouring-in Books? http://bigcitylife.co.za/the-world-has-gone-colur-cray-cray/

Presentation by two authors: Edyth Bulbring and Susie Dineen

Venue:  Sandton Public Library
Date: 27 July 2016
Time: 10:00
Cost: R25 SCBWI members, R50 non-members
RSVP: To Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Programme
10:00 Tea
10:15 Edyth Bulbring
11:15 Susie Dineen
12:30 Lunch in the square at own cost

About the presenters
 Edyth Bulbring has published the following books:
Cornelia Button and the Globe of Gamagion. Jacana. 2008. 
Melly, Mrs Ho and Me.
Penguin. 2010.  Published in the UK by Hot Key Publishers as A Month with April-May in 2013.
Melly, Fatty and Me.
Penguin. 2011. - Awarded the 2012 Percy Fitzpatrick prize for youth literature. Published in the UK by Hot Key Publishers as 100 Days of April-May in 2013.
Pops and the Nearly Dead. Penguin. 2010.
The Club. Jonathan Ball. 2008.
The Mark. Tafelberg. 2014.
The Summer of Toffie and Grummer. OUP. 2008. Published in the UK by Hot Key Publishers as I Heart Beat in 2014.

The focus of the presentation will be on Edyth’s new book, Snitch, which was published in May this year. It’s a book about mothers and sons, bully boys and tough girls, falling in love for the first time, and of course, a dog with anger issues.

Susie Dineen has had her very first picture book for children published by Struik this year. It is called Nombulelo and the Moth and is illustrated by Maja Sereda. SCBWI is thrilled to share her excitement and joy at seeing her idea turned into a story. We’re looking forward to a reading.

There’ll also be lots of time for questions and informal discussion.

All welcome - members and non-members. This event is for illustrators and writers.

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01 June, 2016

Workshop: Stealing ideas - learning from the experts

Venue: Johannesburg (address to be sent to respondents)
Date: 7 June 2016
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Cost: R100 SCBWI members, R200 non-members
RSVP: To Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

About the workshop
Joan Rankin will share ideas on learning from artists and then Jenny Hatton will discuss techniques used by well-known writers of picture books. This will be followed by a practical exercise.

All welcome - members and non-members. This event is for illustrators and writers.


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18 May, 2016

The problem with self-publishing

Valuable article with link from Colleen Higgs about the difference between self-publishing and being published by a publisher - by Arthur Attwell
medium.com
What self-publishers lack is not skill, but the relationship between an author and a publisher

04 May, 2016

Photoshop workshop

Adelle van Zyl, illustrator and graphic designer, showed participants techniques and steps she used to create illustrations for Rympies vir Pikkies & Peuters.
The demonstration covered the following:
Scanning line drawings, ensuring correct quality and colour settings
Removing background, enhancing colour and touching up of line drawing using Photoshop - working with a stylus and tablet
Creating textured backgrounds in Photoshop - working with layers and the clone tool
Adding shading, highlights and detail in Photoshop - working with transparency and brushes.

Photo by Teresa Truda

02 May, 2016

Characterisation through puppetry



Joan Rankin, 

well-known and award-winning illustrator and writer of children's books 
presented a workshop on using puppets to develop characters.

Participants were given a set of questions to ask of their characters. 
The answers were discussed.


Great fun was had by all. 
Photos by Teresa Truda

08 March, 2016

Hans Christian Anderson Award

See the wonderful film on the Hans Christian Andersen Award for 2016 at:  https://youtu.be/d2L6mrEc6eM

08 January, 2016

Exclusive Books IBBY SA Award for the best picture book of 2013 and 2014

Fiona Moodie’s Noko and the Kool Kats (Tafelberg) has been announced as the winner of the 5th Exclusive Books IBBY SA award -  for the best picture book of the past two years (2013 and 2014).   In the words of the jury, “It’s a witty and engaging tale, seamlessly accompanied by illustrations that are deceptively simple, their spontaneity underpinned by a keen eye and fine sensibility. The likeable and down-to earth character of Noko the porcupine is hilariously offset by the spoilt and egotistical Kool Kats. The generous scale of the book contributes a great deal to its appeal.  This is a notable contribution to picture books that celebrate our home in Africa.”
 The two runners-up are also wonderful examples of high quality South African children’s literature:
  • Wendy Hartmann and Joan Rankin’s   Sisi goes to school and other stories (H&R 2013) is described by the jury as “ a delightful compilation of story and rhyme, filled with warmth, love and friendship.  Joan Rankin’s watercolour illustrations are astonishingly beautiful and create the right atmosphere of gentleness and charm.”
  • According to the jury, in Dianne Hofmeyr and Piet Grobler’s  The name of the tree is Bojabi (H&R, 2013), “Piet Grobler creates in his illustrations a humorous but real world inhabited by the animals of Africa. The story has a repetitive element which makes it wonderfully suitable for storytelling, and children will enjoy the playful names and rhymes.”
Warm congratulations and thanks to the books' publishing teams.  They are books to be proud of.  
IBBY South Africa is grateful to Exclusive Books for generously partnering us in this award - and for hosting yesterday's celebratory brunch.    

Genevieve Hart - IBBY SA Chairperson 

01 November, 2015

Katrine Harries Award for Children's Book Illustrations: 2008-2014 (from IBBY SA's Spring Newsletter 2015)

  The Katrine Harries Award for Children’s Book Illustrations: 2008-2014

                                           

The award winners are: Joan Rankin for Just Sisi (Human & Rousseau) for the period 2008 – 2009; Maja Sereda for Haasmoles (LAPA) for the period 2010 – 2011; and Johan Strauss for In die Land van Pamperlang (Human & Rousseau) for the period 2012 – 2013.

The Katrine Harries award is the oldest award in South Africa for illustrations in children’s picture books and the only one that awards the illustrations in children’s books as an art form. Only illustrators based in South Africa are considered for the award.

The illustrations in Just Sisi by Joan Rankin, the grande dame of South African children’s book illustrations, were described by the judges as well balanced, creating enough space to draw attention to the subject matter, and giving the reader some breathing space. “Light and airy and absolutely delightful!” She managed to tell a visual story with a high cultural content without mentioning race or colour.

                                
                              Just Sisi - illustrations by Joan Rankin

Maja Sereda’s illustrations were commended for being refreshingly entertaining. Although there is a lot of activity and movement in each illustration, it never becomes forced and overbearing. With little detail an array of emotions is evoked and young readers will identify effortlessly with the characters. “Great fun!”

Johann Strauss’s illustrations are meticulously thought through and splendidly executed – each a masterpiece in its own right. His style is unique and fresh. His interpretation of elements of nature ensures a dreamlike quality. He has mastered his medium, making In die Land van Pamperlang “a fairytale brought to life”.

                                       
                      Johan Strauss for In die Land van Pamperlang

The Katrine Harries award, a nine carat gold medal, was created in the early 1960s by the SA Library Association and later taken over by the South African Institute for Library and Information Science (SAILIS). When SAILIS was disbanded, the new organisation, LIASA, was not interested in continuing with awards. Nicol Stassen, the owner of Protea Boekhuis, has sponsored the award from 1997. It was awarded the last time at the centenary of the University of Pretoria in 2008. A lack of resources and interest caused another six years to go by, but collaboration between the Department of Information Science at Unisa and IBBY SA North, has now again made it possible to continue with the award.

The judges were:

Prof. Molly Brown is the Head of the English Department at the University of Pretoria. Children's Literature is one of her key research interests and her PhD was on young adult fantasy. She has published in Journals such as The Lion and the Unicorn, Mousaion and Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature. Prof. Brown also runs an Honours course in Children's Literature and has established The Child and the Story as a Faculty Research Theme at the University of Pretoria.

       
                                         Maja Sereda for Haasmoles

Katinka Joubert is a graphic designer and illustrator at Onesanesoul and mother of a two year old boy. She helps out at various orphanages in Hammanskraal from where her passion for upliftment grew. Her dream is to cultivate art awareness amongst underprivileged children.

Thea Bester-Swanepoel also a graphic designer, specializes in book- and publishing design. She is currently employed by Unisa Press. As mother of two small boys, she is passionate about children’s books and dreams about establishing her own project on children’s book illustrations.

For more information contact
Prof Thomas van der Walt

 Thomas van Der Walt and Maritha Snyman must be congratulated on their work in reviving the Katrine Harries award – Genevieve Hart

IBBY Honour List of Books 2015-16

IBBY SA, the South African national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international body with 74 national sections around the world, selected the following books to be presented at the IBBY World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2016 as having made a special contribution to recent South African literature for children and young people:


Author: Afrikaans 
Fanie Viljoen: Uit (LAPA Uitgewers, Pretoria) – for making it easy for all teenagers to experience and emphathise with a young man’s growing realisation of his sexual orientation

Author: English 
Charmaine Kendal: Miscast (Junkets Publisher, Cape Town) – for its sensitive exploration of the inner journey of a trans boy; probably the first South African teen novel about transgender

Translator: into Afrikaans
Kobus Geldenhuys:  Hoe om jou draak te tem (Protea Boekhuis, Stellenbosch) translated from Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon – for capturing the spirit and sense of the fantastical in his translation

Translator: into isiXhosa 
Sindiwe Magona: Umculo neentsomi zase-Afrika (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg) translated from Gcina Mhlophe’s Stories of Africa – for transmitting the magic of the original folktales so faithfully

Translator: into seSotho 
Selloane Khosi: Baile le Moketa (Jacana Media, Johannesburg), translated from Gerard Sekoto’s Shorty and Billy Boy– for a clear and lively version of the 1973 story of Sekoto’s, only recently published for the first time

Illustrator: 

Dale Blankenaar: Olinosters op die dak / Rhinocephants on the roof by Marita van der Vyver (NB Publishers, Cape Town) – for his rendering of the eerily atmospheric world of the writing           

05 October, 2015

SCBWI Retreat with Alan Durant

If you are thinking about joining SCBWI or have allowed your membership to lapse, go to www.scbwi.org to sign up or activate your membership right away. This retreat is one of the wonderful benefits that membership of SCBWI offers.

Dates for retreat in the Gauteng: 6 - 8 Nov; the Retreat starts at 17:00 on Friday and goes through to 14:00 on Sunday (Option to stay over on Sunday night at extra cost)

Amazing value at R3 000 each.

Retreat Venue: Isilwane Bush Farm, see www.sleeping-out.co.za/md/Isilwane-Bush-Camp/27668 Physical Address: Unit 20, Pride of Africa, Dinokeng, Gauteng, Close to Pretoria and Johannesburg

 

Cost: R3 000 per person. This includes food, accommodation and all fees.

What you must do: Book your spot right away - but no later than 7 October 2015.
Pay a deposit of R1 500 by 15 October and the rest by 30 October (or pay R2 700 by 15 October and save R300)
Book for Gauteng retreat: Jenny at
SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

 

Critiques/Reviews by ALAN DURANT

IN GAUTENG
Date: 10 November – individual times to be confirmed

Request for a review: to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za


WHAT THE RETREAT WILL COVER


Note: You can send in the questions you would like answered during the retreat - we will make sure these are included.


The broad thrust will be to give you a sense of what you need to do in order to write a good story and, if you have already written your book, how to improve your manuscript.


The practical application of the presentations in the mornings will be workshopped in the afternoons

 

The presentations / workshops will include:


How to

·         develop your creativity

  • find a story
  • create a credible setting
  • develop and refine a plot
  • develop your writing craft
  • develop/ shape the characters
  • take account of the other elements in a compelling children’s book
  • edit and redraft your manuscript to refine your use of language and get your manuscript ready to be submitted

Practical tips

·         the commercial possibilities of your manuscript

  • how to approach publishers – submission criteria and etiquette

Evening Group sessions

·         how to brainstorm solutions

·         develop your skills as a creator of children’s books

  • stimulate and support your colleagues

Who is Alan Durant?

 

In a nutshell, he is the author of a range of books from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers. He also writes prize-winning poetry.


He is married to Jinny, a reception year teacher, and has three children, Amy, Kit and Josie, otherwise known as his ‘guinea pigs’ He has been a National Reading Campaign Reading Champion and is a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad where he gives talks and readings and runs writing workshops. He is a member of NAWE and The Society of Authors.

 

Alan’s first book, the young adult novel Hamlet, Bananas and all that Jazz, was published in 1991. Since then, he has written more than 80 stories. He writes for children of all ages – from pre-school to teenage – and in a variety of styles. He has written picture books, first readers, and series such as Creepe Hall, Leggs United and Bad Boyz and thrillers for older readers.


His work was featured in the BBC series English Express, which won a Children's Bafta Award, as did Bookaboo (Series 2) in which his picture book Burger Boy was broadcast. That episode also won a British Animation Award. He appeared too in two programmes in the award-winning Let's Write A Story series.

 

Alan’s Books: www.alandurant.co.uk

 

Awards:

2007: Portsmouth Children's Picture Book Award for Burger Boy, Stockport Children's Book Award for Football Fever
2008: The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for Billy Monster's Daymare
2009: Portsmouth Children's Book Award for Billy Monster’s Daymare


BAFTA and British Animation Award.
Kate Greenaway Medal for Always and forever
Nottingham Children’s Book Award (Gameboy)
Shortlisted for Red House Children’s Book Award (Dear Tooth Fairy)
Kingston Borough/Waterstone's Poetry Prize on two occasions.


“Writing for children can be very rewarding but it certainly isn't easy – and getting published is harder still. Having the opportunity to talk with other writers and get the advice of experienced published authors is always helpful – it certainly helped me when I began my career as a children's book author twenty years ago.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/sigs/childrens-literature/authors/durant https://www.newwritingsouth.com/?location_id=237

14 September, 2015

SCBWI at the Jozi Book Fair

A visitor to the Fair
SCBWI members were invited to exhibit their books and other promotional material at the Jozi Book Fair held from 11-13 September 2015.  Matina Genkova-Mpofu did an outstanding job as organiser of the stand and various members took turns to be on duty.

Members also facilitated events. Joan Rankin held workshops in creativity for both children and adults. Jenny Hatton's play The Hare, Squirrel, Old Man and his Daughter was performed. She also facilitated a discussion on the importance of reading. A highlight of the fair was In Conversation with Joan Rankin (with Jenny Hatton).
Matina at the SCBWI stand

26 August, 2015

Jozi Book Fair

The Jozi Book Fair will be held from 11 – 13 September on Wits Campus with the theme Children’s Literature and Childhood. SCBWI will have a stand and some of our members will be hosting events. See www.jozibookfair.org.za

Authors and illustrators of children’s books who are members of SCBWI are invited to exhibit their books, promotional material or artwork (space permitting). In exchange, they will be asked to be on duty for a couple of hours on one of the days.

Matina Genkova-Mpofu is managing the stand. Please contact her at mompofu@yahoo.com or telephone her at 083 518-8555 by 3 September to express your interest.

08 June, 2015

Important notice: SA Book Fair to be held in Johannesburg

The SABF is being held from 31 July to 2 August in Johannesburg this year. They are offering illustrators the opportunity to demonstrate at an illustration easel. Every hour on the hour, there will be a different illustrator at the easel for children to watch. There are 18 slots over the three days that can be filled on a roster basis. Please contact Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za by 17 June if you would like to take part. Indicate whether you’re interested in a morning or afternoon slot on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Open Studio: Grace da Costa

Venue: Johannesburg (address to be sent to respondents)

Date: Wednesday 1 July 2015

Time: 10:30

Cost: Lunch at own cost in a nearby restaurant

RSVP: By 26 June to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Grace da Costa worked as a graphic designer for roughly 20 years. Frustrated by demands of clients, computers and commercialism, she started sculpting and painting. She uses the Lost wax process for her sculpture and also explores oil painting and mixed media. She has exhibited extensively and currently has work at Arteye, Jhb, Grande Provence-Franschoek, Knysna, London, and many others. Grace does not start with a fixed concept in mind. The concept evolves during the process of experimentation and development.

02 April, 2015

International Children's Book Day

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day – championed throughout the world by the International Board on Books for Young People.

IBBY was founded in the years after WW2 in the belief that quality books can promote international understanding and peace. This belief resonates in our own diverse and divided society and underlies the work of IBBY in South Africa. Books, print or electronic, are windows to other possibilities and worlds - and of course to oneself. IBBY regards access to quality books as a fundamental children’s right; yet, as in all areas of life in South Africa, access to books is unequal across our income levels and languages. We all know of the low levels of literacy which are revealed every year by the various tests and which hamper academic performance across all learning areas. Children who enjoy reading will choose to read – and the more they read the easier they find it. But they do not learn to enjoy reading through remedial exercises – but rather through finding books and stories that give them pleasure and engage their imaginations.

Every primary school class room should have a comfortable reading corner loaded with attractive books in the mother tongues of the children;

every school should halt classes for half an hour each day for everyone in it to read quietly;

every child should be provided with a book and a public library membership card at birth;

the situation in which 80% of our schools are without functional libraries must be redressed.

These are the ways to achieve productive and transformational literacy.

Writing for Youth and Children's Television in a Multimedia Age: A Presentation by Ochre Media lead by Nomvuyo Mzamane

Venue: Rosebank (Address will be sent to respondents)

Date: Thursday 16 April 2015

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Cost: Lunch at own cost in nearby restaurant

RSVP: By 10 April to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Ever wondered how children’s television programmes are produced. This is a great opportunity to find out about multimedia spaces. Both writers and illustrators are welcome.

Ochre Media is an innovative and experienced multidisciplinary, multimedia and mass communications company that has a deep commitment to efficient and effective social mobilisation campaigns, high quality edutainment and creative television, film and radio broadcasts, and evidence-informed social and behaviour change communications and education outreach. These specialisations distinguish Ochre from traditional agencies.

Established in 2000, Ochre Media is part of the Times Media Group and one of South Africa’s leading producers of high-quality entertainment and educational television, with an award-winning track record. Its international accolades include a US Peabody, the Japan Prize, and recent nominations for INPUT in Seoul and Sydney. Ochre’s team is one of the most diverse in the industry. The creative, production, management, finance, and content professionals represent all of South Africa’s racial groups and include a few colleagues from other African countries and further afield. Ochre staff is also predominantly female, with women occupying key leadership positions. The Ochre team is a collective of hundreds of years of combined experience and numerous degrees and qualifications from across South Africa and the globe. For more information see, www.ochre.tv

Please note: Numbers are limited. Please book early.

Illustration competition

30 March, 2015

Short Story competition

For an advertisement, see http://ssda.bookslive.co.za/blog/2015/03/26/announcing-the-theme-for-the-2015-short-story-day-africa-prize/

02 March, 2015

Storytelling in an envelope facilitated by Joan Rankin

Venue: Johannesburg (address to be sent to respondents)

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015

Time: 10:00 - 14:30

Cost: R80 SCBWI members, R160 non-members

RSVP: By 13 March to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

This workshop will explore the use of an envelope and a postcard to tell a story. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore your creativity. The workshop is for illustrators and writers.

A light lunch will be provided. Numbers are limited to 10. Please book early.

02 February, 2015

Storybook projects

Venue: Randpark Ridge (address to be sent to respondents)

Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015

Time: 10:00

Cost: R50 SCBWI members, R100 non-members

RSVP: To Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Programme

10:00 Welcome

10:15 NLT Media - Kgosi Kgosi

12:00 Lunch and time to network with illustrators and writers of children’s books

13:00 Creatrix - Lynn Joffe

NLT Media

NLT Media is a digital publisher interested in producing interactive and multimedia children's books. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/nltmedia

CREATRIX

Creatrix is a collaboration of radio, edutainment and music production specialists, committed to fulfilling the multicultural communication needs of South Africa’s diverse target markets. The presentation will be on storytelling through music. For more information, see www.creatrix.co.za

All welcome - members and non-members. This event is for illustrators and writers.

04 November, 2014

End of year function

Date: 2 December 2014

Time: 10:30

Cost: None (Participants to bring a plate of eats to share for lunch)

Venue: Pretoria (Address will be given to respondents)

RSVP: By 28 November to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Let’s get together for the end of the year and relax among friends and colleagues.

All welcome!

03 November, 2014

What's happening in the world of children's books

Date: 5 November 2014

Time: 09:30 for 10:00

Cost: None (Participants to bring a plate of eats to share for lunch)

Venue: Johannesburg (Address will be given to respondents)

RSVP: By 2 November to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Please join us for an informal gathering to talk about what’s happening in the world of children’s books. We’ll share information about opportunities for writers and illustrators. All are welcome, members and non-members. The promised Retreat will now take place in 2015.

05 September, 2014

Printmaking Workshop

Janina Pechova will facilitate a two-day workshop.

Venue: Johannesburg Date: 4-5 September 2014 Time: 10:00 - 15:00 Cost: R400 SCBWI members, R700 non-members RSVP: By 29 August to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za Booking is essential. Only a small number of participants can be accommodated.

Participants will be doing monoprints and engravings (dry point etching) Monoprints are artworks done with oil paints or watercolours on a perspex plate and then the images are transferred onto wet paper. As the name implies, only one print can be made from the same plate. Drypoint etching can be done on a metal plate, where, depending on the type of plate, up to 200 prints can be pulled from one plate. Dry point will be done on an acetate, which is quicker and easier, but only about 5 prints can be pulled. These images are monochrome but colour can be added by various means after printing. Creating nature prints - using found and natural objects we can create prints by running them through the etching press. All three techniques can be combined into one artwork.

Janina will supply the basic materials: perspex plates, acetate, cleaning material, various texture making materials and rollers. Participants need to bring: oil paints, brushes, plant material, (old lace, mats etc that would print an interesting texture, gauze) old pens or any tools that will make interesting lines, old rags (cotton), etching needle or a sharp tool similar to this for scratching into the plate (more than one tool is useful if lines of different thickness are required) ,rough paper for proofing. It would be good if participants brought sketches of images that they are intending to make. Janina will show examples of images from books of well-known artists. Janina Pechova is an artist, illustrator and writer. She lectures at the University of Johannesburg. She has published two books, The Little Five and Field Guide to Lesser Known Spooks and Magical Beings.

Lunch Indaba

Venue: Emmarentia (Address will be sent to respondents) Date: 22 August 2014 Time: 12:00 - 15:00 Cost: None (Attendees to bring a plate of eats) RSVP: By 21 July to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Please join us for an informal gathering / smooze / lekgotla / indaba to network and catch up. All are welcome, members and non-members. There won’t be a formal topic for discussion; we’ll just chat about writing and illustrating children’s books. If you have a new publication, please bring it to share.

Basic Computer Skills needed for illustration

Adelle van Zyl will facilitate a workshop

Venue: Pretoria (Address will be sent to respondents)

Date: 4 July 2014

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: R100 SCBWI members, R200 non-members

RSVP: By 30 June to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Need to learn to use technology? Adelle is a wiz and will inspire you to try it out. Learn about scanning, colour, resolution, file formats etc. For novices, but the pro's are also welcome!

Writing for the child and adolescent markets

A one-day romp through the basics of character, setting, description, plot, theme and genre – from idea generation to development and shaping. Suitable for beginners and experienced writers of child and adolescent literature as well as illustrators who would like to write text as well or who would just like more insight into the writer’s process.

Donna Wyckoff-Wheeler will facilitate the workshop.

Venue: Randburg Ridge (address will be sent to respondents)

Date: Friday 9 May 2014

Time: 9:30 for 10:00 (finishing by 15:00)

Cost: R100 SCBWI members, R200 non-members

RSVP: By 5 May to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Dr Donna Wyckoff-Wheeler, who offers courses in writing, is an alumnus of the Ohio State University, where she specialised in Applied English, folklore and narrative studies.

Unlocking your creative energy

Yvette de Beer will facilitate the workshop.

Venue: Witbank Dam (Address will be sent to respondents)

Date: Tuesday 15 April 2014

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: R80 SCBWI members, R150 non-members

RSVP: By 8 April to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Yvette de Beer will facilitate a workshop using mixed media, drawing, painting and collage.

Please note: • We will organise lifts so that attendees can travel together. It’s not as far as it sounds if you think that you won’t be going through Joburg traffic! • The workshop is for illustrators and writers. • A light lunch will be provided.

The aim of the day is to have a lot of fun and to experiment with our own idea of what creativity is and how it shapes our live and work. We are going to explore our creative thinking in a series of exercises ( using unconventional methods and tools), and in the end build a final work of art or illustration with the images we create.

19 February, 2014

Workshop: School visits and entertaining children/adults

Joan Rankin will facilitate the workshop.

Venue: Johannesburg (address to be sent to respondents)

Date: Wednesday 5 March 2014

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: R80 SCBWI members, R150 non-members

RSVP: By 28 February to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Have you been invited to do a school visit, run a workshop? Joan will talk about some of the school visits she’s done and some of the antics involved. She’ll demonstrate some of the things she does to entertain the children/adults.

A light lunch will be provided.

This is a wonderful opportunity to think about how to promote your own work.

For information about Joan Rankin, see http://scbwigauteng.blogspot.com/2010/11/joan-rankin-writer-and-illustrator-of.html

24 January, 2014

Meeting

Venue: Randpark Ridge (address to be sent to respondents)

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2014

Time: 10:30

Cost: R30 SCBWI members, R60 non-members

RSVP: By 31 January to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Programme

10:30 Welcome

10:40 Slide show on SCBWI

11:15 Book launch of books published in 2013

12:00 Finger lunch

12:30 Using sketch books to get creative in 2014

Book launch

Please bring books / anything else that you’ve had published in 2013. These should preferably be trade books but could include books for the education market such as readers. The books may be traditionally published or self-published. The idea is to give members an opportunity to “launch” their books.

Sketch books

Please bring your sketchbooks and journals along. Members will be given an opportunity to share ideas on how to use sketchbooks to be creative.

All welcome - members and non-members

06 December, 2013

The Golden Baobab Prize

We have some exciting news for published writers under the age of 40! In April 2014, Africa39 will announce 39 of the most promising African writers of fiction under the age of 40. Binyavanga Wainana, a renowned Kenyan author, has been tasked with putting together a longlist of 120 of the most promising fiction authors under the age of 40 from Africa South of the Sahara and diaspora. 39 writers on this list will go on to be named the Africa39. The Africa39 Project is a partnership between the Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts Ltd., UK; and the Rainbow Book Club (Port Harcourt, Nigeria). We would love for all published authors to apply for Africa39 because it is important that African children's writers represent on this list. We are writing to Binyavanga with a list of authors whose applications he should expect so please send us an email by end of day tomorrow (5th December) if you are interested and we will include you on this list. We received this information quite late and have been told that the deadline for submission is 10th December. It is therefore crucial that you begin your application immediately, since there are only 6 days left. Please find all the information you will need by going to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12K3ZRHJrpuduK-CtaR37vR2DlGoMiIU8e2qRmtOomo0/edit#

16 October, 2013

Printmaking workshop

Janina Pechova will facilitate a two-day workshop.

Venue: Johannesburg

Date: 12-13 November 2013

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: R400 SCBWI members, R700 non-members

RSVP: By 4 November to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Booking is essential. Only a small number of participants can be accommodated.

Participants will be doing monoprints and engravings (dry point etching) Monoprints are artworks done with oil paints or watercolours on a perspex plate and then the images are transferred onto wet paper. As the name implies, only one print can be made from the same plate. Drypoint etching can be done on a metal plate, where, depending on the type of plate, up to 200 prints can be pulled from one plate. Dry point will be done on an acetate, which is quicker and easier, but only about 5 prints can be pulled. These images are monochrome but colour can be added by various means after printing. Creating nature prints - using found and natural objects we can create prints by running them through the etching press.

All three techniques can be combined into one artwork.

Janina will supply the basic materials: perspex plates, acetate, cleaning material, various texture making materials and rollers. Participants need to bring: oil paints, brushes, plant material, (old lace, mats etc that would print an interesting texture, gauze) old pens or any tools that will make interesting lines, old rags (cotton), etching needle or a sharp tool similar to this for scratching into the plate (more than one tool is useful if lines of different thickness are required) ,rough paper for proofing.

It would be good if participants brought sketches of images that they are intending to make. Janina will show examples of images from books of wellknown artists.

Janina Pechova is an artist, illustrator and writer. She lectures at the University of Johannesburg. She has published two books, The Little Five and Field Guide to Lesser Known Spooks and Magical Beings.

Open Studio: Once upon a puppy

Open Studio (Illustrators or writers open their studios to other interested children's book people. They are great opportunities to network and find out how other people work and create.)

“Once upon a puppy” with Lynn Joffe

Date: 18 October 2013

Time: 10:30

Cost: None (Participants to bring a plate of eats to share for lunch)

Venue: Johannesburg. (Address will be given to respondents)

RSVP: By 14 October to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

In 2012, Lynn Joffe published a book called The Tale of Stingray Charles, the first in the Pitterpat series. Unlike most authors, who leave marketing to publishers and booksellers, Lynn advertised this story all over South Africa in an audio-visual form.

Now Lynn has a new show called “Once upon a puppy”, featuring her as the storyteller. Young children participate in a magical, musical collage workshop where they interact and engage with familiar nursery rhymes, learn some new musical stories, and discover that the power of their imagination can be summoned by the magic words, “Alakazam, Alakazing, The Power of Your Mind is a Magical Thing …” Lynn demonstrates, in simple inspirational steps, how to employ the elements of storytelling, engaging the young mind in rhythm, recognition, repetition and retention. The workshop also shows how recycled magazines can be used to collage interesting and individual interpretations of the story, in the form of masks, scenery and musical instruments. At the culmination of the workshop, participants use their decorated instruments and masks to become part of the story itself.

Lynn has agreed to share her presentation and her experiences with writers and illustrators. All are welcome, children and adults, but the latter need to be able to put aside judgement and access the inner child.

You will not only see the show, but have a chance to ask Lynn about her performances, her websites and her interaction with other book-minded people and participation in book-related events.

See more about Lynn and her work at www.alakazam.co.za and www.pitterpat.co.za

07 September, 2013

SCBWI SA turns 10

Join in the celebrations from 1 -5 November 2013. These will be held in the Cape Town area. For more information, visit: http://scbwi-sa-10-years.blogspot.com/

Spring outing to a rural Orthodox church with Anna Wilson

Date: 20 September 2013

Time: 10:30

Cost: Participants to bring a picnic item to share

RSVP: By 16 September to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

Anna Wilson will show us the murals in the church and mausoleum which she painted. There is also a small and simple little chapel in the Russian style and a very small chapel with real frescoes painted by the iconographer Justin Venn as well as a room called “Xenia’s Palace” with various icons painted on the walls by Justin, Eugenia (who lives at the mission) and Anna.

The tour will be followed by time to sketch, take photos or write and enjoy a picnic. There is a cheese shop nearby which makes gorgeous cheese. The church is in Gerardsville, a small village on the road to Erasmia. The road is an extension of William Nicol. Gerardsville is about 15-20 minutes drive from Fourways Mall. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow writers and illustrators. All are welcome.