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Liesl Jobson’s formative reading experiences

Liesl Jobson and her four sisters circa 1975 -- guess which one is Liesl?

Beyond the woods, beyond the seas, beyond high mountains, beyond and before a dozen stories and a 100 Papers, Liesl Jobson had little hands and this is what she read …
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Ceridwen Dovey’s formative reading experiences

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In a faraway time of boiled eggs and ginger ale, three countries and an age before she ever imagined she’d win the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, Ceridwen Dovey had little hands and this is what she read …
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Henrietta Rose-Innes’s formative reading experiences

Eward Gorey - The Disrespectful Summons
A long time ago – and yet perhaps it wasn’t such a very long time ago – but in an age before Shark’s Egg and The Rock Alphabet, and long before she ever dreamed she’d win the Caine Prize, Henrietta Rose-Innes had little hands and this is what she read …
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Alistair Morgan’s formative reading experiences

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A great while ago, when the world was full of wonders, before he’d heard of The Paris Review, before he was writing acclaimed stories, Alistair Morgan had little hands and this is what he read … (more…)


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Janescka Blom’s formative reading experiences

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In a place,neither near nor far, and a time long before she became manager of Exclusive Books in Constantia, Janescka Blom had little hands and this is what she read … (more…)


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Zukiswa Wanner’s Formative Reading Experiences

In a certain home, in a certain land, before anyone had heard of beautiful Nobuntu the princess Behind Every Successful Man, Zukiswa Wanner had little hands and this is what she read …

Zukiswa’s earliest memory of books and reading:
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The struggle to support African publishers

This morning I heard from a publisher West Africa who told me that the reason they cannot co-publish the Little Hands Books in local languages in her country is that there is now in this particular country donor funding for their Ministry of Education to produce books in mother tongue for young children aged 5-8 years to read in class. While this sounds like good news, and in many ways it is, it is also problematic, because they are doing this without including local publishers. The Ministry of Education can thus end up reinventing the wheel, learning how to do the work that publishers already know and giving local publishers even less chance to sell books than before.
It’s a huge problem – without supporting local publishers, there is so little chance of sustainability. Yet without donor funding, very little can happen at any significant scale.


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Imraan Coovadia’s formative reading experiences

Not too far away and not so long ago, in an age before Green-eyed Thieves, Imraan Coovadia had little hands and this is what he read …
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