WritePublishRead Assisted Self-Publishing Progamme: Selected authors announced

  Is there hope for writers in South Africa who write in the previously under-published languages? It is true that there are too few books available to read in South African languages – other than English and Afrikaans that is. But why is this the case? And is there anything that can be done about it? In September 2017 we unveiled a new writers’ initiative, WritePublishRead, aimed at assisting authors to get their fiction published digitally. This initiative supports the Department of Basic Education’s Read to Lead Campaign by offering people a wider variety of locally produced texts. Now, just six months later, WritePublishRead, a Via Afrika and partners initiative reaches another milestone: announcing the first group of authors from previously under-published languages who will be working in the annual WritePublishRead Assisted Self-Publishing Programme on World Book Day 23 April 2018. Each of the selected authors will be assisted by having a thorough language edit performed on their manuscript. Furthermore, they will receive assistance to prepare their manuscript for digital self-publication, and will be hosted on the Via Afrika WritePublishRead website. For more information on the WritePublishRead Assisted Self-Publishing Programme, click here. Now, without further ado, we are happy to announce the selected authors for the WritePublishRead Assisted Self-Publishing Programme 2018: – Asakhe Henry Cuntsulana (isiXhosa, Collection of poetry) – Hlumeka Dumezweni (isiXhosa, Collection of poetry) – Philasande Wiseman Mfaba (isiXhosa, Collection of poetry) – Anelisa Thengimfene (isiXhosa, Collection of poetry) – Yonela Thengimfene (isiXhosa, Collection of poetry) – Banele Nolayi (isiXhosa, Drama) – Makhosandile Patrick Tisana (isiXhosa, Novella) – Theophilus Matshoba (isiXhosa, Short reads) – Zandile Mamela Qinga (isiXhosa, Short story) –...