Kingsmead Bookfair 2019 is done and dusted. It was an honour to be the curator of the children’s and teen programmes of the fair this year and to get a chance to engage with authors from South Africa and abroad. While I love any bookish event there were a few highlights that stood out for me:
- A young child tugging on her mother’s sleeve to ‘hurry up, we’ll miss the book reading!” Such excitement for books warms my heart.
- Local authors getting a chance to share their stories. Selling books in South Africa is hard work. Building a reading culture is vital and giving authors a platform to share and sell their books is key.
- The concentration on children’s faces as they listened to a story that captured their imagination.
- The writing workshops which were so well supported. We need more writers in the world.
- The laughter and enjoyment I heard bubbling out of the classrooms.
- The creativity that reading inspires. Children were drawing, reading, playing and singing as they walked around the fair.
- Happy eating! Books and food seem to go hand in hand for the things that make us happy 🙂
- The honesty children show when you ask them what they like and don’t like. I love an honest reviewer and value genuine feedback.
On that note, if you attended the Kingsmead Bookfair 2019, please share your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading Kingsmead Bookfair 2019 and one lucky reviewer will receive a book to read, based on your child’s age.
If you missed the fair – keep an eye out for next year’s fair in May 2020. Check out the programme from this year too: