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Celebrate the word in all its forms

- Wits University

Discover the magic of words and local books at the 2016 Jozi Book Fair.

Taking place from 1 to 4 September at the Wits Science Stadium, the eighth edition of the JBF is co-hosted by Khanya College and Wits University. 

The programme offers more than 150 activities including talks and readings by authors, roundtable discussions on pertinent socio-political and cultural issues, poetry and creative writing workshops, theatre, films and live jazz. With more than 40 exhibitors, look out for small and independent publishers that deliver locally relevant books in all South African languages.

Themed Youth Rising, the Fair showcases the exceptional talent of South Africa’s youth in all art forms alongside veterans of various literary genres, such as Zakes Mda (author), Ronnie Govender (playwright), Keorapetse Kgositsile (national poet laureate), Kurt Ellis (author), Kemang Wa Lehulere (Deutsche Bank Artist for 2017), James Matthews (poet), Joan Rankin (illustrator) and award-winning young artist, Mohale Mashigo (a.k.a Black Porcelain and author of The Yearning).

Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal says the Fair is one of the key events that advances Wits’ mandate.

There is something for everyone. View the Children's ProgrammeProgramme - 3rd September 2016 Programme - 4th September 2016

Many Witsies are participating in this cultural event sharing their passions and expertise. Wits Press authors, the School of Education, the Wits School of Arts are just some of the departments that are offering free workshops and seminars. 

Do not miss the below and many others: 

Seminar on JAZZ in the East Rand with Brett Piper, Head of the School of Arts

Date: Saturday, 3 September 2016

Time:  11:00 -11:50

Venue: Auditorium 3, Science Stadium, Wits University

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