madoda2The KougaBook Literary Festival will host an Author Day at the St Francis Links on December 11th, 2018, as part of its build-up to the greater Festival to be held in 2019.

“As a special treat for children of all ages, we will be presenting, as part of the programme, PE-based author and highly accomplished children’s storyteller in the African tradition, Madoda Ndlakuse, who will treat us to a dramatic illustration of his unique talents,” says organiser Frank Nunan of Write-On Publishing.

“We therefore urge parents and teachers to bring the children along to see this spell-binding presentation.”

Mandla has just published a children’s book entitled Umtshato WeNtlanzi NeNkukhu (The Marriage of Fishes and Chickens) after being invited to publish by Book Dash with the aim of increasing the number of books for children, especially in the indigenous language sector. His poems have been included in a number of anthologies over the years. The picture shows madoda in action at a recent Author Day in Graaff-Reinet.

The Author Day will also highlight some local authors and will serve as the official launch of the Literary Festival concept. 

Among the authors presenting on the day will be well-known writer of Eastern Cape history and travel books, Bartle Logie, and St Francis Bay novelist Susan Rae Fox.

“The proceedings will open with Madoda’s presentation, and there will be a short break after that, so the children need not stay for the rest of the presentations.”

There will also be a presentation on self-publishing and re-publishing by organiser and publishing facilitator Frank Nunan.

There is an entrance fee of R75 for adults and children will be admitted at no charge.

Click on the Register button to book for the event, and you can also pay via Payfast  (see button on Registration Page,) or payment can be made at the door.

The event is presented in association with St Francis Tourism and St Francis Links, and is the first in a series of book-related events leading up to a fully-fledged regional Literary Festival in the second half of 2019. That event will take place over a number of days and between 20 and 30 local, national and even international authors can be expected to present workshops, give talks and hold readings of their works.

This Festival is the brainchild of Jeffreys Bay author and retired ambassador Mzuvukile Maqetuka.

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Tfiresidefrtcoverlowreshe KougaBook Literary Festival will host an Author Day at the St Francis Links on December 11th, 2018, as part of its build-up to the greater Festival to be held in 2019.

"We would like to highlight some local authors at this event, as well as officially launch the Literary Festival concept itself on the day," says organiser Frank Nunan. 

Among the author's presenting on the day will be well-known writer of Eastern Cape history and travel books, Bartle Logie, and St Francis Bay novelist Susan Rae Fox.

The third author will be His Excellency Ambassador Mzuvukile Maqetuka - novelist, short-story writer and photographer.

There will also be a presentation on self-publishing and re-publishing by St Francis Bay-based publishing facilitator, Frank Nunan.

There is an entrance fee of R50 for adults and R25 for learners.

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committeeAn Ad-hoc committee has been formed to begin planning for a proposed Literary Festival to be held in the Kouga region at a date to be specified in 2019.

The committee, which had been brought together by author and retired ambassador, Mzuvukile (Mzi) Maqetuka (centre), currently consists of Mr Maqetuka, who now resides in Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay author Bartle Logie (left) and Frank Nunan, St Francis Bay-based Publishing Facilitator.

The formation of the committee was triggered by the formation of a similar committee for the organisation of a Literary Festival in Mr Maqetuka's hometown of Graaff Reinet. 

The proposed festival in the Kouga already has the support of organisations such as St Francis Tourism, St Francis Links, which will in all likelihood host the 2019 Festival, and the Kouga Express newspaper.

The committee would welcome other interested parties to join them to assist in the planning of this event, which could prove to be one of the region's premier drawcards.

"We can virtually guarantee that we will attract upwards of 30 local, national, and even international writers, plus sundry publishers," said Mr Maqetuka.

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