The inaugural Eastern Cape Book Festival launches on the 11th of September at the Nelson Mandela Metropole University in Port Elisabeth. This two day festival was conceived by Madoda Ndlakuse, a poet, activist and promoter of literature. The festival aims to develop literature in the Eastern Cape and encourage reading and writing among the youth.
At the helm of the festival is Ndlakuse as well as a team that comprises of poets, performers, musicians and young leaders from the community of Port Elizabeth. Lindelwa Zimba, Sebenzile Zalabe, Unathi Slasha, Selome Payne, Dineo Mahola, Sisonke Papu and Azola Dayile; all bring their skills, knowledge of the young literary scene in area and talents to the festival.
The programme will include Harry Owen, the inaugural Poet Laureate for Cheshire (UK) in 2003, award-winning poet, Brian Walter, Yahkeem, Unathi Slasha, Nelly Morkel, JBux and Imhotepas, among others, as well as theatre group Assitej SA.
There will be discussions around KhoiSan literature, hip hop and literature, publishing. There will also be exhibitions, writing workshops, Xhosa storytelling, performances and special tribute to the legendary SA author, Guybon Sinxo, who was a contemporary of BW Vilakazi, HIE Dhlomo and others writers of that era.
The festival will be hosted at the NMMU, Goldfields Auditorium, North Campus on the 11th and 12th of September.
The book festival is open to schools and educational institutions and the general public. Interested individuals who would like to be a part of the event can contact any of the team members to register for the workshops or for more information and assistance.
Further details can be obtained at www.ecbookfestival.co.za