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Cape Town Book Fair – Back Bigger and Better in 2014 (13 to 15 June)

Mpuka Radinku from PASA Proud to Present the Cape Town Book Fair

Mpuka RadinkuMpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA) is excited about the Cape Town Book Fair, which is due to take place between the 13 and 15 June 2014. PASA are the proud owners this event.

Passionate about the role of publishing in education and its role in uplifting the population both economically and socially, Radinku, has publishing sector experience spanning over 20 years.

From his beginnings as a High School Teacher at Selelekela Secondary School in Soweto in the mid eighties, his love of literature saw him opting to further his studies, going on to achieve a BA Honours in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1992.

Working his way up the ranks within the publishing sector, Radinku was appointed General Manager at Via Afrika International in 2009, leaving in 2011 to operate as an independent freelancer before taking up his current position as Executive Director of PASA in May 2013.

Prior to that, Radinku held the positions of Publishing Manager and National Publishing Manager at Nasou Via Afrika, initially beginning his vast publishing career as a Publisher at Maskew Miller Longman from 1994 – 1999.

Through the 2013 Cape Town Book Fair Radinku aims to bring together PASA members and role players within the book industry to increase the profile of books. For him it is about “sharing knowledge and building bridges”, enabling publishers, authors, and stakeholders from all industry sectors to come together and share a platform to exchange ideas that ultimately contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of the industry.

Radinku believes in the current technological age there is no restriction to the publishing platform with publishers currently having to re-think what and how they do things to remain relevant. For him in essence publishing is about the conceptualisation of the packaging and the dissemination of intellectual property: “In the current technological age there are no restrictions when it comes to the platform. It’s about looking at what the customer wants and delivering on this. When it comes to educational materials the audience or customer is ultimately the learners in the classrooms, for higher education we service tertiary students and the trade publishers focus on the general public.”

Cape Town Book Fair – Back Bigger and Better in 2014

Book lovers will once again be spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Book Fair readies itself to return to the Mother City in 2014, bigger and better! Scheduled to take place from 13 -15 June 2014, the highly anticipated and much renowned global literary event, will once again see thousands flocking to the Cape Town International Convention Centre to get their fix of everything and anything related to books and publishing.

The three-day literary fest attracts publishers, authors, exhibitors, speakers, book associations, book distributors, book stores, electronic book traders, libraries, literary agents, printers, repro agents, bibliophiles, and technology manufacturers from around the world and is therefore unsurprisingly considered the pre-eminent book Fair in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa says that with local literacy levels still alarmingly low, education and instilling a love of reading among children will feature as a key focus of next year’s Fair.

“With the rapid growth of e-publishing, educators, schools and libraries will have access to the latest technological developments in e-reading which will ultimately be a key means to unlocking literacy in Africa. It is a very exciting but also sometimes intimidating time for educators.

“Technology now not only allows access to textbooks at the touch of a button but a wide array of learning materials are now easily available on your mobile phone. The Fair will allow educators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest technological and e-publishing offerings,” he comments.

Apart from a literacy and educational perspective, Radinku says the Fair will also aim to encourage the recreational aspect of reading. “Due to its tremendous success at the last Fair we will once again have a designated Children’s Zone complete with a variety of activities and events including launches, signing and storytelling sessions which may even appeal to the ‘child within’ some of the adult visitors,” he muses.

Described as vibrant, colourful, and captivating, the aim of the Fair, according to Radinku, is to create an event that has something for everyone. “We are in the process of compiling a compelling programme that will feature hundreds of events, including book launches, signings, interviews, and workshops”.

“There will also be discussions and seminars addressing a variety of topics, including literature, politics and culture, as well as the opportunity to interact with key authors. In addition we are hoping to secure substantial discounts on books as well as competition opportunities for visitors to win fabulous prizes,” he enthuses.

Lynn Chamier, General Manager at Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group, believes the Fair provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world but also a premier platform for the literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade, network and exhibit.

“We are extremely excited to once again be involved in this world-class event. The public can look forward to a jam-packed programme as we pull out all the stops to transform the Cape Town Convention Centre into a book lover’s paradise. While we will retain the popular Children’s Zone and Poetry Café, visitors can also look forward to a number of new and exciting features and events that are not to be missed,” she comments.

Radinku says visitors will also be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.

“Apart from bringing the larger publishing houses to South Africa we are also hoping to showcase a number of up-and-coming African publishers. As before we are working on securing exhibitors from destinations around the world and in addition to exhibitors from Africa, Europe, China, and India, we are this time also targeting Brazil,” he says.

Tickets will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50. Children under the age of 12 receive free entry.

For more information, go to or call Lynn Chamier on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact to secure their stand. The Early Bird offer has been extended to 31 August 2013.

Early Bird Offer Extended for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014

We are very happy to tell you that the deadline for the Early Bird Offer for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014 has been extended from 31st July 2013 to 31st August 2013:

  • 5% off on receipt of your signed contract and 25% payment before 31 August 2013
  • valid until the end of July 2013

View the Fact Sheet which details all the stand sizes, prices and facilities available, as well as the floor plan:

Cape Town Book Fair 2014 Fact Sheet – Early Bird

Cape Town Book Fair 2014 Floor Plan

Early Bird Offer for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014

We are very happy to tell you that an Early Bird Offer is available for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014 as follows:

  • 5% off on receipt of your signed contract and 25% payment before 31 July 2013
  • valid until the end of July 2013

View the Fact Sheet which details all the stand sizes, prices and facilities available below, as well as the floor plan:

CTBF 2014 Fact Sheet – Early Bird Special.pdf

Floor Plan Cape Town Book Fair 2014 (26-03-2-13).pdf

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Editing Master Class with Elizabeth Manning Murphy, Author of Working Words

Working WordsThe visit from Australia of Elizabeth Manning Murphy, an editor and writer of repute and an international language trainer, is a coup for the Professional Editors’ Group (PEG) and coincides with the launch of the new-format Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF) and the 29th Biennial Congress of the International Publishers Association.

Manning Murphy will not only present a Master Class at the CTBF but will be launching the South African edition of her book Working Words, recently published by the Canberra Society of Editors (2011). Both of these events will be of particular interest to editors, would-be editors and language practitioners working in the medium of English – but are also open to the general public.

Elizabeth Manning Murphy’s interest in effective communication has been lifelong. Currently she is President of the Canberra Society of Editors and a member of the Society of Editors (Victoria) and in 2008 was awarded the Honorary Award of Distinguished Editor (DE) given by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) in Australia. Her passion evolved while working as a management consultant in England and Australia, when she wrote several books on the topic of office and business communication.

Working Words is a collection of ‘chats’ based on ten years of articles written by Manning Murphy for The Canberra Editor. The book is a companion to books on grammar, style, punctuation, plain English, editing and the business of being a freelance writer or editor. Many of the chats happened as a direct result of requests from working editors, would-be-editors, and people who didn’t learn the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ of English grammar at school. It’s in a chatty style, with a few fun pieces, which are quirkily called ‘itchy pencils’. Have you ever wished you had a pencil handy when you saw something itching to be written down or corrected? That’s ‘itchypencilitis’!

Working Words is being printed locally and as a result will be available at a very favourable price during the author’s visit. Its launch will take place on Saturday, 16 June.

‘Master Editing: Adding Top Value’ is the Master Class which Manning Murphy will present on Friday 15 June from 10h00 to 14h00 at the CTICC.

She answers the question: How do you add value to your text editing? By being prepared, by going the extra mile, by using the tools available – all of this and more will be worked through in detail in Manning Murphy’s accessible style. Whether you’re new to text editing or a seasoned practitioner, this master class by an experienced editor and linguist acknowledged by her peers is sure to both inspire and be of great benefit to editorial output. The seminar is open to PEG members; members of LAMP (Alliance of Language and Media Practitioners) alliance partners; publishers and practitioners in the book, journal and magazine publishing chain; and also the general public. It is certainly a rare opportunity for editors in South Africa! Such is her popularity that the Johannesburg Master Class on 23 June is already oversubscribed.

Elizabeth Manning Murphy arrives in Cape Town, South Africa on 10 June.

Master Class: Friday 15 June
Venue: Rooms 1.61/1.62 at the CTBF at the CTICC from 10h00 to 14h00
Cost: PEG and other LAMP members: R475 Non-members: R695

Registration forms can be obtained from
Launch details: Visit

About the author

Based in Canberra, Elizabeth Manning Murphy is a trained linguist, a consultant in communication skills, an editor and a trainer in effective writing. She is the President of the Canberra Society of Editors and a member of the Society of Editors (Victoria). In 2008 she received the Honorary Award of Distinguished Editor (DE) given by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) in Australia. (Distinguished editors were nominated by their societies to prepare for and assess the first two Australian accreditation exams in 2008 and 2009. The term ‘distinguished’ indicated that their peers considered these editors to have exceeded the level of competence that is tested by the exam and were, therefore, qualified to assess exam candidates.)

Ms Manning Murphy is also a Fellow of the Commercial Education Society of Australia and the Society of Teachers in Business Education (UK); and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Her interest in effective communication has been lifelong. In previous years, while working as a management consultant in England and Australia, she wrote several books on the topic of office and business communication. In 1991 she published Effective writing: plain English at work, a book that deals with a topic close to the heart of many editors in South Africa.

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Elizabeth Perrill, Author of Zulu Pottery, to Speak at the Cape Town Book Fair

Zulu PotteryZulu Pottery is the love affair of American author, Elizabeth Perrill with the spiritually-charged South African art-form of the same name. Over nine years she has documented contemporary Zulu ceramics from the deep rural areas where these traditions are kept alive, to the heart of Durban where innovative new potters are transforming the art.

Zulu pottery is tied to a deep artistic history and the history of Zulu identity in KwaZulu-Natal. For traditionalists who continue time-honored Zulu spiritual practices, pottery is integrally linked to ancestor worship. A clay pot remains a respectful vessel to present to one’s ancestors, which is why the art medium has been able to survive social and political transitions.

Women have historically been the potters in Zulu culture, but today men and even those who are not Zulu-speaking are producing Zulu-inspired ceramics. Increasingly, ceramic artists are using the medium for individual self-expression.

Zulu Pottery is an absorbing read accompanied by beautiful photographs. It takes the reader on a journey through the art-form – from the founding mothers, including the legendary Nesta Nala, whose legacies live on in national and international art museums; to the varying regions and contexts in which pots are prepared, constructed, decorated and fired – and the expansion of the art through young artists.

Zulu ceramics today are a distinct and integral part of the global ceramic art world. The form has been compared with the traditions of ceramics in the American Southwest, particularly Pueblo pottery and the legacy of Maria Martinez. Perrill has travelled internationally, speaking on Zulu ceramics in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa; and she will be visiting the International Folk Art Festival in July 2012 to interview Thembi Nala, daughter of the late Nesta Nala.

In the foreword to Zulu Pottery, curator of the Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum, Vivienne Garside, comments that the author’s knowledge of Zulu pottery has won her a fan club, from the humblest of Zulu homes to museologists and other experts throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

Perrill studied isiZulu over five years to be able to understand the complexity and nuance of the language and culture, and has lived in KwaZulu-Natal for more than two years in total between 2004 and the present. Her proudest moment recently was visiting families she has known for years with her three-month old baby and new husband. “Sitting side-by-side on grass mats with potters, my daughter was passed around rooms of women and created a fresh dynamic and sense of trust with families I now consider to be close friends”.

Teachers, collectors and the general public will find the book an accessible and informative read.

Zulu Pottery will be launched in Cape Town on 14 June at the Castle of Good Hope “Fired” exhibition. Perrill will speak at the Cape Town Book Fair from 14h00-14h45 in Room 1:42 at the CTICC on 17 June.

About the author

Dr Elizabeth Perrill is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. She has been documenting Zulu ceramics for over seven years, researched in KwaZulu-Natal as a Fullbright-Hays Fellow, and curated multiple exhibitions of contemporary Zulu pottery.

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Claerwen Howie to Read from Vumile and the Dragon at the Cape Town Book Fair

Vumile and the DragonVumile and the Dragon is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about Vumile, Katie and Joe who discover a Cape Dwarf Chameleon in Granny Ada’s magical garden.

Katie thinks it’s a baby dragon, Joe just wants to play soccer and Vumile is terrified of the Ulovane which brings bad luck. Slowly, Vumile overcomes his fear by hearing from his mom, Rosie Mbana and Granny Ada about the myths and beliefs different cultures have about chameleons. He sees the other children enjoying the little creature, and, left on his own one day, cautiously approaches the shrub where she lives. There he discovers a secret that he can’t wait to share with the others!

The story provides accurate information about the dwarf chameleon, rarely seen in our gardens today. A separate section towards the end of the book reveals other interesting facts about chameleons; and a pictorial guide to plants and creatures abundant in a Cape farmhouse garden. This is a gentle and delightful book about the need to conserve our country’s glorious biodiversity.

Vumile and the Dragon is author Claerwen Howie’s first book for children. It is a collaboration with accomplished botanical artist, Lisa Strachan and illustrator, cartoonist and water-colourist, Meg Jordi. It is perfect for readers and listeners young and old.

The author will read from Vumile and the Dragon at the Cape Town Book Fair “Children’s Zone” on Saturday 16 June between 10h00-10h45.

Vumile and the Dragon is published by Print Matters, a Cape Town-based publishing company specialising in South African Art, Craft and Heritage books.

About the author and illustrators

Claerwen Howie spent many years as a student and lecturer at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She is concerned about the need to conserve our country’s glorious biodiversity. Vumile and the Dragon is Claerwen’s first book for children.

Lisa Strachan is an accomplished botanical illustrator who works closely with various botanists at Kirstenbosch Gardens on a freelance basis. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections worldwide. This is her first children’s book.

Meg Jordi is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and water-colourist who studied at the College of Art in Johannesburg. She undertakes commissioned work for educational publishers, NGOs, environmental organisations, magazines and children’s books.

All three are South Africans and live and work in Cape Town.

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New Bible for Editors to be Launched at CTBF

Text EditingText editing: a handbook for students and practitioners by Kris van de Poel, Wannie Carstens and John Linnegar will be launched at the 2012 Cape Town Book Fair. Meet the authors of this new text – a first for the South African and world markets – for text editors, proofreaders, authors and language practitioners who engage with English-language texts – at the Literary Forum on Friday 15 June at 2:00 PM.

Press release:

What is a text editor? What does the process of editing texts involve? What level of intervention is required for practitioners to make a text communicate effectively?

Text editing: a handbook for students and practitioners is a first for South Africa andwill have an international appeal. It sets out to answer these questions directly and in the amount of detail appropriate to a work that describes the text editor’s complex craft. As the basis for answering the questions, the authors have adopted – and adapted – renowned Dutch linguist Jan Renkema’s text-evaluation model for the text-editing process, the elements of which form a leitmotiv that runs through the 12 chapters of Text editing.

Text editing is a North–South collaboration between two academics in the field of applied linguistics – Professor Kris Van de Poel of the University of Antwerp in Belgium’s Research Unit for Applied Language Studies and Professor Wannie Carstens, professor of Afrikaans linguistics and current director of the School of Languages at North-West University (Potchefstroom campus) – and a professional trainer of text editors and proofreaders in South Africa for more than a decade, John Linnegar, himself a text editor of long standing.

At once thoroughly researched and firmly grounded in modern editing practice, this comprehensive, highly accessible handbook covers many aspects of the text editor’s craft:
* For the student of language practice or publishing studies it will prove to be an invaluable source of information about:

  • The profile of a text editor
  • The types and levels of text editing as a process
  • The many different roles that the text editor can play as a language practitioner
  • The issues with which the editor has to deal, including plagiarism, copyright, defamation/libel and the question of ethics in editing practice generally
  • The complex and comprehensive process that text editing is.

For the seasoned practitioner:

  • The systematic approach offered by Renkema’s model should prove to be as illuminating as the chapter on resources – with its lists of print and online references regarded as essential aids to the professional – and the extensive bibliography
  • The new text on producing ebooks and digital media and on English as a lingua franca should open up new vistas to the more progressive or tech-savvy editor.

From the theoretical initial chapters through the nitty-gritty of intervening to improve the content, structure, wording, and presentation of various documents to the pièce de résistance that is the final chapter (where a group of text editors prove their mettle at critiquing and improving a selection of texts), this volume covers the whole gamut of the text editing process.

An English edition of this nature will attract an international readership and the authors have borne in mind the needs of two particular groups: English native-speakers who are likely to have to edit texts written by non-native speakers of English as a second or third language; and text editors who themselves are not native-speaking users of English. These are common phenomena with which text editors in South Africa have to deal regularly.
For the latter group the detailed treatment of the grammatical, syntactic, morphological, spelling and punctuation facets of the editor’s armoury should be particularly helpful.

In addition, the appendices of five brief exposés on a variety of Englishes and the pitfalls and challenges they present to text editors worldwide will be particularly helpful for those editing texts drafted by English non-native speakers.

The result is an expansive text that gives full recognition to the role of the text editor not only as such but also as proofreader, project manager, freelance, and in a wide range of other guises and situations. Editing for digital media and on screen editing are also given appropriate consideration.

Subtitled A handbook for students and practitioners the editors believe it to be not only an important and useful point of entry into the profession of text editing but also an essential guide to practising editors who perhaps have not had any formal training in their craft. For both groups, the many lists, checklists, tabulated matter and diagrams will prove to be particularly supportive, making this an essential addition to the practitioner’s reference library.


Book details

  • Text Editing: a handbook for students and practitioners by Kris van de Poel, Wannie Carstens, John Linnegar
    EAN: 9789057181146
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