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) –...

Announcing: WritePublishRead

Getting Authors Published to Promote Reading WritePublishRead, a new initiative conceptualised by Via Afrika, is offered in partnership with the NRF and SARChI Research Chair in the field of Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education (NRF Chair in African Languages) and the African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA). Only 14% of South Africans read regularly, according to a survey published by the SA Book Development Council last year. A contributing factor to this is that indigenous languages comprise just 1% of the collections in South African libraries. WritePublishRead (WPR) is an initiative that aims to change this. WPR will be assisting aspiring authors to self-publish their works digitally. Through WPR, these authors will be able to write and promote stories that appeal to the people around them. The new authors will of course then want to encourage people to read their books. By creating these ‘reading champions’, works of fiction will be available in the home language of every community.  By promoting the publication of books in all of South Africa’s languages, the project aims to encourage South Africans to read more. With easy access to affordable books in their home language, it’s hoped a momentum will be created that will inspire more people to read and in turn, more people to write. This initiative educates authors to self-publish their fiction in a digital format. The service is offered to any budding writer. The process is easy and completely free. The author can set the price they want their readers to pay. Authors retain the copyright to their work. An unpublished writer in a previously under-published language...