Friday, August 22, 2008

Notes on traslating and illustrating Nina and Little Duck

A few notes about translating Nina and little Duck [2008 MER award - winning book], the translator Dr Johann van Heerden gave the members of IBBY South Africa at their annual general meeting in Cape Town. To read the notes go to the SCBWI SA News Blog

At the same meeting Marjorie van Heerden gave a 10 minute talk -
The Mind of an Illustrator: illustrating Nina and Little Duck
(if you want to read what she said - click on the title)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


SCBWI South Africa’s August 2008 Event, Cape Town.

A Book Day & Critique session at Marjorie’s Home
Region: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 23 August 2008
Time: 11h00 – 15h00
Venue: 153 Beach Rd, Gordon's Bay.
Cost: R30.00 per person (includes a snack lunch and coffee and tea)
RSVP: to Marjorie before 20 August. Please put Book Day in subject line
Description: SCBWI SA will have a Get-together… Publishers, writers and illustrators are invited to spend a day with Marjorie at her home to talk, and talk, and talk about children’s books. We will talk about the CT Book Fair, writers and illustrators will have a chance to show their illustrations or read an extract from their work in a critique session. Marjorie will talk about how to promote yourself and how to generate work in the lean months. She will also show how to start a blog.

SCBWI South Africa’s September 2008 Event, Cape Town.

SCBWI South Africa’s 2008 Exhibition, Cape Town.
Date: 01-20 Sept 2008
Where: Bellville Public Library, Bellville (Cape Town)
Inquirers: Samantha van Riet
Description: SCBWI SA will be staging an exhibition of original South African children’s book illustrations. After the initial showing, the library service is interested in having a travelling exhibition to be shown at other public libraries across South Africa. TBC
More information will be posted here on soon.

SCBWI South Africa’s December 2008 Event, Cape Town.

We will end 2008 with our usual SCBWI SA end-of-year Season’s Greetings Book Party.
Date, time, venue and costs: TBC
Description: Writers, illustrators, or anyone interested in children’s books are invited; come dressed as your favourite book character; Make and bring a fantasy Christmas hat, a small inexpensive wrapped gift, AND A plate of decadent stuff to eat. There will be prizes for the best hat and best book character! As in previous years the hats will go to the Tygerberg Hospital oncology ward for the children who have to stay in the hospital over Christmas.
We will exchange gifts, talk Children’s Books, eat, drink coffee and tea and be merry.
A space will be available where books published or work in progress can be displayed. (Publishers welcome to show their books too!)


Publishers Day will be held in February 2009 – not in September – see below
When we started with our preparations for the Publishers Day we found that September is a very busy time for most publishers and as result quite a few will not be able attend. We have therefore decided to shift the publishers Day to our usual February slot. We will circulate the date early next year. We apologise for any inconvenience.

SCBWI South Africa’s February 2009 Event, Cape Town.

Publisher's Show-and-Tell Day
Region: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: Date TBC
Time: 09:00—17:00
Where: Bellville Public Library, Bellville (Cape Town)
RSVP: Details will be circulated in January 2009
Description: This will be a day for writers and illustrates to pitch their work to the publishers. It provides an opportunity for publishers to see what work our writers and illustrators have done during the past year and also for them to meet new writers and illustrators.
More information will be circulated and posted here on early in January

Unfortunately SCBWI SA had to cancel the event we planned for October…
Rosemary Canter, Literary Agent UK will not be able to come to South Africa anymore. Her illness that prevented her to join us at the SCBWI SA retreat in May was more serious that she first realised and therefore she will not be able to travel for some time. She sends her sincere apologise.

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