Welcome to our third newsletter of 2016. It is mostly taken up with my
report on the wonderful 2016 IBBY Congress in Auckland. Given the sad position
of our South African rand, I was grateful for the gift from the IBBY office in Basel
of my registration fee and $1000 towards my living costs. Important news
from the General Assembly is that our nominee Carole Bloch, director of PRAESA
which won the ALMA award last year, was voted on to the IBBY executive. With
Akoss Ofori-mensah’s term coming to an end, Carole is the only executive
member from Africa.
We wish her well and look forward to closer connections with the international
IBBY world. Mingling with the 600 delegates from 60 countries brought home to
me theimportance of our IBBY membership. Though faced with big challenges,
our dynamic children’s publishing and literacy projects deserve a place on the
international landscape. Browsing the 2016. Honours books displays in Auckland,
I was proud of our six choices which are now travelling the world. Good news from
Junkets Publisher is that the congress brought some nice orders for Charmaine
Kendal’s Miscast (one came in for 95 copies!). We will be celebrating our Honour
books’ creators at our last bookbash of the year 1 December. See the invitation below.
Our continued membership of IBBY depends on IBBY SA members’ dues. Could I
appeal to the 90 members who have not yet paid their 2016 dues to do so
very soon? Contact Sunitha Amod with any membership queries.
Since our last letter, we have had our AGM when it was agreed that from 2017
our membership fees would go up to R150. One of the challenges I listed in my
chairperson’s report is that we lack the resources to take our activities to
other centres. But now Righardt Le Roux (of Nali’bali fame) has kindly agreed to
revive the efforts to set up IBBY SA in Gauteng. So Gauteng members - if
you’d like to join him contact him. Also at the AGM I appealed for new enthusiasts
to join our committee and hopefully pursue new directions. I pointed out that this year
would be my last as IBBY SA chairperson and committee elections are due in 2017.
So do please come forward.
Cunningly, we followed the AGM with our Winter Book Bash, an engaging
talk by Dale Blankenaar, our 2016 Honours list illustrator. Our featured project
this time is Phendulani Lliteracy Quiz- read about it in my congress report. The quiz
has been building a reading buzz in over 50 under-resourced schools in Gauteng.
The French state railway (SNCF) shows us another way to spread the joy of reading.
An irresistible snippet of news in the Sunday Times (23 October) tells us that
SNCF is installing story vending machines on its stations to help commuters “take a
journey before the journey”. So far 100 000 stories have been distributed.
Kathy Madlener has taken over from Isabel Essery as our reviews coordinator.
If you’d like to join her team of reviewers please contact her.
Rediscovering the joys of books with grandson