Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre to host a multi-cultural book festival
"A book is a dream that you hold in your hand." - Neil Gaiman
People for whom this quote by Neil Gaiman rings true are in for a literary feast this August when the Lowveld Book Festival takes place at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River.
Set to take place from 5 - 7 August 2016, this is the first time that an event of this nature will take place in the Lowveld. “And it is about time,” says festival chairman Louis van der Merwe, “considering that the region is not only home to many of South Africa’s literary talents but that it is the setting for a vast array of books and poems.”

The response from publishers, authors and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. Visitors can look forward to a host of interesting authors, including journalist Jessica Pitchford, well-known for her book Carte Blanche: 25 Years - The Stories Behind The Stories; White River resident Jayne Bauling, who has authored 21 novels and one non-fiction book; and bilingual, multi-award winner Mabonchi Goodwill Motimele.

Well-known author Tony Park and award-winning actor and author Tim Plewman are already on the programme as headline acts.
Jessica Pitchford
A reporter for SABC news and current affairs for 15 years, Jessica covered the violence in the run-up to the 1994 election and the assassination of Chris Hani. She worked as a political correspondent in the first democratic parliament and accompanied Nelson Mandela on a state visit to Brazil in 1997.
In 2000, she joined the current affairs show Special Assignment as a specialist producer. During that time she won a CNN African Journalist of the Year Award and in 2007 was named the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Investigative Journalist of the Year. In 2008, she took up a position as managing editor at Carte Blanche, M-Net’s weekly current affairs show and in 2014 began working for Checkpoint on ENCA, as managing editor.
She is currently writing her third book.

Jayne Bauling
In recent years, Jayne’s focus has been on writing for the Young Adult (YA) market, and her YA novels have been awarded the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, the Sanlam Gold Prize for Youth Literature and the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award. One of them, Dreaming of Light, was chosen to represent South Africa on the 2014 IBBY Honour List. Two of her novels have been Department of Basic Education-approved as high school set-works. She also writes short stories for adults and youth, and some poetry. Her 22nd novel Playmaker is the first book in a trilogy for Cover2Cover Books, and will be launched this year.

Mabonchi  Goodwill Motimele
The author of over 40 books, Mabonchi crosses a host of genres, including drama, short stories, novels, language books, poetry and folklore, and has penned works in Sepedi (Bana ba mpa, Beng ba lefase le, Lesodi la maikutlo, and Sefako sa Matlakadibe) and English (The Mouth Harp, The Boy with the Guitar, and You Never Know).
He has won 22 awards, amongst them the Maskew Miller Longman Heritage Award, Maskew Miller Longman Inaugural Literature Award, Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature Award, the PANSALB Multilingualism Nation Building Writer of the Year 2009 for both English and Northern Sotho, and the latest, the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award for a children’s novel, won in 2015.

A bumper programme
“We anticipate an event which will become an annual fixture amongst both local, national and regional visitors,” says Louis.
The organisers’ goal is to reach out to the surrounding rural schools and expose children to the joy of stories and reading; to encourage teenagers to read more, whether electronic or printed books; and to support local writers and illustrators through workshops hosted by published authors.
“We hope to draw visitors and well-known authors from across the country to White River and introduce them to the creative talent resident here, as well as to motivate local authors and artists by uncovering their work and exposing them to a wider world of literature,” explains Louis.

A balanced programme is promised, with the inclusion of poetry, folklore, workshops, storytelling and story-time for youngsters, panel discussions, historical Lowveld literature, interviews with authors, YA literature, performing art, a book fair and book valuations.

South African authors will be selling and autographing their latest publications and Afrikaans, English and siSwati / vernacular authors will be slotted into events to ensure interesting discussions that grapple with the issues confronting South African literature and reading.

The Lowveld Book Festival is a multi-cultural event that will encourage a love of reading and acknowledge the role played by writers and poets in society, and we seek financial partners who embrace this important objective.

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or email lowveldbookfestival@gmail.com.
People for whom this quote by Neil Gaiman rings true are in for a literary feast this August when the Lowveld Book Festival takes place at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River.
Set to take place from 5 - 7 August 2016, this is the first time that an event of this nature will take place in the Lowveld. “And it is about time,” says festival chairman Louis van der Merwe, “considering that the region is not only home to many of South Africa’s literary talents but that it is the setting for a vast array of books and poems.”

The response from publishers, authors and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. Visitors can look forward to a host of interesting authors, including journalist Jessica Pitchford, well-known for her book Carte Blanche: 25 Years - The Stories Behind The Stories; White River resident Jayne Bauling, who has authored 21 novels and one non-fiction book; and bilingual, multi-award winner Mabonchi Goodwill Motimele.

Well-known author Tony Park and award-winning actor and author Tim Plewman are already on the programme as headline acts.
Jessica Pitchford
A reporter for SABC news and current affairs for 15 years, Jessica covered the violence in the run-up to the 1994 election and the assassination of Chris Hani. She worked as a political correspondent in the first democratic parliament and accompanied Nelson Mandela on a state visit to Brazil in 1997.
In 2000, she joined the current affairs show Special Assignment as a specialist producer. During that time she won a CNN African Journalist of the Year Award and in 2007 was named the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Investigative Journalist of the Year. In 2008, she took up a position as managing editor at Carte Blanche, M-Net’s weekly current affairs show and in 2014 began working for Checkpoint on ENCA, as managing editor.
She is currently writing her third book.

Jayne Bauling
In recent years, Jayne’s focus has been on writing for the Young Adult (YA) market, and her YA novels have been awarded the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, the Sanlam Gold Prize for Youth Literature and the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award. One of them, Dreaming of Light, was chosen to represent South Africa on the 2014 IBBY Honour List. Two of her novels have been Department of Basic Education-approved as high school set-works. She also writes short stories for adults and youth, and some poetry. Her 22nd novel Playmaker is the first book in a trilogy for Cover2Cover Books, and will be launched this year.

Mabonchi  Goodwill Motimele
The author of over 40 books, Mabonchi crosses a host of genres, including drama, short stories, novels, language books, poetry and folklore, and has penned works in Sepedi (Bana ba mpa, Beng ba lefase le, Lesodi la maikutlo, and Sefako sa Matlakadibe) and English (The Mouth Harp, The Boy with the Guitar, and You Never Know).
He has won 22 awards, amongst them the Maskew Miller Longman Heritage Award, Maskew Miller Longman Inaugural Literature Award, Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature Award, the PANSALB Multilingualism Nation Building Writer of the Year 2009 for both English and Northern Sotho, and the latest, the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award for a children’s novel, won in 2015.

A bumper programme
“We anticipate an event which will become an annual fixture amongst both local, national and regional visitors,” says Louis.
The organisers’ goal is to reach out to the surrounding rural schools and expose children to the joy of stories and reading; to encourage teenagers to read more, whether electronic or printed books; and to support local writers and illustrators through workshops hosted by published authors.
“We hope to draw visitors and well-known authors from across the country to White River and introduce them to the creative talent resident here, as well as to motivate local authors and artists by uncovering their work and exposing them to a wider world of literature,” explains Louis.

A balanced programme is promised, with the inclusion of poetry, folklore, workshops, storytelling and story-time for youngsters, panel discussions, historical Lowveld literature, interviews with authors, YA literature, performing art, a book fair and book valuations.

South African authors will be selling and autographing their latest publications and Afrikaans, English and siSwati / vernacular authors will be slotted into events to ensure interesting discussions that grapple with the issues confronting South African literature and reading.

The Lowveld Book Festival is a multi-cultural event that will encourage a love of reading and acknowledge the role played by writers and poets in society, and we seek financial partners who embrace this important objective.

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or email lowveldbookfestival@gmail.com.
People for whom this quote by Neil Gaiman rings true are in for a literary feast this August when the Lowveld Book Festival takes place at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River.
Set to take place from 5 - 7 August 2016, this is the first time that an event of this nature will take place in the Lowveld. “And it is about time,” says festival chairman Louis van der Merwe, “considering that the region is not only home to many of South Africa’s literary talents but that it is the setting for a vast array of books and poems.”

The response from publishers, authors and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. Visitors can look forward to a host of interesting authors, including journalist Jessica Pitchford, well-known for her book Carte Blanche: 25 Years - The Stories Behind The Stories; White River resident Jayne Bauling, who has authored 21 novels and one non-fiction book; and bilingual, multi-award winner Mabonchi Goodwill Motimele.

Well-known author Tony Park and award-winning actor and author Tim Plewman are already on the programme as headline acts.
Jessica Pitchford
A reporter for SABC news and current affairs for 15 years, Jessica covered the violence in the run-up to the 1994 election and the assassination of Chris Hani. She worked as a political correspondent in the first democratic parliament and accompanied Nelson Mandela on a state visit to Brazil in 1997.
In 2000, she joined the current affairs show Special Assignment as a specialist producer. During that time she won a CNN African Journalist of the Year Award and in 2007 was named the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Investigative Journalist of the Year. In 2008, she took up a position as managing editor at Carte Blanche, M-Net’s weekly current affairs show and in 2014 began working for Checkpoint on ENCA, as managing editor.
She is currently writing her third book.

Jayne Bauling
In recent years, Jayne’s focus has been on writing for the Young Adult (YA) market, and her YA novels have been awarded the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, the Sanlam Gold Prize for Youth Literature and the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award. One of them, Dreaming of Light, was chosen to represent South Africa on the 2014 IBBY Honour List. Two of her novels have been Department of Basic Education-approved as high school set-works. She also writes short stories for adults and youth, and some poetry. Her 22nd novel Playmaker is the first book in a trilogy for Cover2Cover Books, and will be launched this year.

Mabonchi  Goodwill Motimele
The author of over 40 books, Mabonchi crosses a host of genres, including drama, short stories, novels, language books, poetry and folklore, and has penned works in Sepedi (Bana ba mpa, Beng ba lefase le, Lesodi la maikutlo, and Sefako sa Matlakadibe) and English (The Mouth Harp, The Boy with the Guitar, and You Never Know).
He has won 22 awards, amongst them the Maskew Miller Longman Heritage Award, Maskew Miller Longman Inaugural Literature Award, Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature Award, the PANSALB Multilingualism Nation Building Writer of the Year 2009 for both English and Northern Sotho, and the latest, the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award for a children’s novel, won in 2015.

A bumper programme
“We anticipate an event which will become an annual fixture amongst both local, national and regional visitors,” says Louis.
The organisers’ goal is to reach out to the surrounding rural schools and expose children to the joy of stories and reading; to encourage teenagers to read more, whether electronic or printed books; and to support local writers and illustrators through workshops hosted by published authors.
“We hope to draw visitors and well-known authors from across the country to White River and introduce them to the creative talent resident here, as well as to motivate local authors and artists by uncovering their work and exposing them to a wider world of literature,” explains Louis.

A balanced programme is promised, with the inclusion of poetry, folklore, workshops, storytelling and story-time for youngsters, panel discussions, historical Lowveld literature, interviews with authors, YA literature, performing art, a book fair and book valuations.

South African authors will be selling and autographing their latest publications and Afrikaans, English and siSwati / vernacular authors will be slotted into events to ensure interesting discussions that grapple with the issues confronting South African literature and reading.

The Lowveld Book Festival is a multi-cultural event that will encourage a love of reading and acknowledge the role played by writers and poets in society, and we seek financial partners who embrace this important objective.

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or email lowveldbookfestival@gmail.com.
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