Thursday, October 4, 2007

A note from Marjorie van Heerden,

A call to ALL children's book writers, illustrators and Children's book publishers in South Africa... I have added links of South African writers, illustrators and publishers on my Sketch blog - - please check your link and if there is a different link you want or if you have a website or blog and you are not listed please let me know - e-mail me your correct link, your full name and whether you a writer or illustrator or publisher to my grafikon e-mail address - You will find it on my website-gallery -


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

SCBWI EVENT - October 2007


A Reminder!!!

  • Date: 29th October 2007
  • Time: 11:00—17:00
  • Where: Bellville Public Library, Bellville (Cape Town)
  • Cost: Includes lunch and tea/coffee. Non SCBWI Members R80.00; SCBWI Members R40.00
  • RSVP: To book please e-mail before 12th October. NB! - put What Children Read in the e-mails subject line
  • Inquirers: Marjorie van Heerden - 021 856 0432

Description: A talk by One of the most well known Cape Town Children’s Book Librarians, Lona Gericke. She will talk about what books children are reading. What type of books librarians are always looking for. So come to find out what books should be written, where the gaps are - what books could be winners if we write & illustrate them!. We will also invite Librarians to come to meet the children's book writers and illustrators that will be attending. So bring some of your books along to promote yourself. More about Lona Gericke will soon be posted here - watch this spot

Lona Gericke- Short CV: Lona Gericke has been involved with Children’s books and libraries for over 38 years. Her career began in May 1969 when she was a Regional Librarian working for the Transvaal Provincial Library Service until 1974. From 1974-1978 she worked as a book selector for the OFS Provincial library service. In 1979 she moved to the USA where she worked in Corpus Christi, Texas for 8 years, first as Branch Head and finally as Coordinator of Children’s services. She returned to South Africa in 1988 due to personal reasons, and accepted the position as Children’s Librarian at Bellville Library in June 1988, where she has remained ever since.She has a passion for IBBY- the International Board on Books for Young People, and serves on the Executive of IBBY SA , currently as Vice-President responsible for Awards. As President of IBBY SA she represented South Africa at the International Conference in Cartagena, Colombia, and in New Delhi, India. She has twice had the honour of being elected as a member of the H.C.Andersen Jury to judge writing and illustration; and also judges books for awards in South Africa,and writes reviews for the IBBY SA Newsletter. She writes articles for the Cape Librarian, and was published in the book Towards more understanding: the making and sharing of Children’s literature in South Africa. She has conducted workshops for CCPL on Children’s services; and regularly presents talks on Children’s literature.She runs a Born to read programme for babies every Wednesday morning in Bellville library, for the past 9 years.