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) –... read more

Join us at the South African Book Fair 2017!

It’s here! The literary event of the year is around the corner, and you are invited! Join us at the South African Book Fair 2017 from 8 to 10 September at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg. There’s a wonderful lineup of events for kids and adults – and Via Afrika will be making some exciting announcements, so be sure to visit our stand. Follow the buzz on social media using #OurStories on Facebook, twitter and Instagram, and be sure to share your own stories too. For a full list of events, click here. See you... read more

Golden rules for studying success

Studying can be a difficult thing to master. There are all kinds of distractions that we face. Parents, friends, siblings, television, the great outdoors… But studying isn’t something you should fear. In fact, it can become an activity that you really love, as you learn more about the world around you and gain important skills. So where do you even start? Understanding how to study can seem like an overwhelming thing. Which is why we’ve put together Via Afrika’s Golden rules for success – a free, downloadable document with all of the information you need to have a great time studying. Find out your learning style, plan your study time, rule the world. All you have to do is follow the amazing tips in Golden rules for success. Simply click the image below to download it to your device. Feel free to share Golden rules with as many people as you like, and let’s make studying something to look forward to!          ... read more