28 March, 2017
27 February, 2017
05 November, 2016
The workshop was held in Yvette's lovely home on Witbank Dam where she has a beautiful work room flooded with natural light.
We began by painting backing board. Then we were asked to draw characters based on random pieces of driftwood and other natural items.
We were asked to juxtapose two characters. We placed these on the backing boards. As can be seen, many different approaches were taken.
What a fabulous way to unleash creativity, free the mind and be inspired! Thanks Yvette.
31 October, 2016
20 July, 2016
Melly, Fatty and
01 June, 2016
18 May, 2016
04 May, 2016
|Photo by Teresa Truda|
02 May, 2016
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
08 January, 2016
- 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.”
01 November, 2015
Katrine Harries Award for Children's Book Illustrations: 2008-2014 (from IBBY SA's Spring Newsletter 2015)
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
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
, in 2016 as having made a special
contribution to recent South African literature for children and young people: Auckland, New
05 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)
Date: 10 November – individual times to be confirmed
- 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
- how to approach publishers – submission criteria and etiquette
- stimulate and support your colleagues
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
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.
14 September, 2015
|A visitor to the Fair|
|Matina at the SCBWI stand|
26 August, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her at 083 518-8555 by 3 September to express your interest.
08 June, 2015
Venue: Johannesburg (address to be sent to respondents)
Date: Wednesday 1 July 2015
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
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.
30 March, 2015
02 March, 2015
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
Venue: Randpark Ridge (address to be sent to respondents)
Date: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Cost: R50 SCBWI members, R100 non-members
RSVP: To Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za
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 is a digital publisher interested in producing interactive and multimedia children's books. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/nltmedia
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.