A few months ago, I decided to start Pop-up book fairs in Johannesburg. I had seen authors go to coffee shops and have book launches but I wanted more. More authors and more people.
Southern Courier reported our visit to Cafe La Plume here is what they had to say…
READING IS GREAT: The group of authors who gathered at Café La Plume recently. Front: Ashleigh Giannoccaro, Cora Groenewald and Kim Hunter. Back: Silke Kaiser, Gerry Pelser, Evadeen Brickwood and Jann Weeratunga.
JANN Weeratunga who lives in Winchester Hills began writing about 10 years ago with a few pieces of poetry. Since then she has written many children’s books, including the Polly’s Piralympics series, inspired by the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, and is for readers aged between eight and 12 years old.
Polly’s Piralympics series of books are both unique in concept as well as content and format. They deal with disabilities, bullying and cheating. The books also have a comprehension page at the end of each chapter, where the participants can answer questions and draw their own characters etc.
“I’ve been to many primary schools with my parrots, and the children really relate to them and the stories about Polly,” said Jann.
Recently, her and other authors from around Johannesburg, including Kim Hunter, Gerry Pelser, Silke Kaiser, Cora Groenewald, Ashleigh Giannoccaro and Evadeen Brickwood, met at Café La Plume in Glenanda for a morning of poetry and reading.
“It was a fun time getting together, and we are planning on more mornings in the near future where we can promote reading among children and adults,” said Jann.
Thank you Southern Courier for the support of local Indie authors and to Cafe la Plume for once again hosting us.
Who is JE Gallery? Well, I am. It’s one of my pen names.
“Why not print your poetry?” asked Kim one day. We had been chatting and I had shown her one or two of them.
So, still not being too sure I bounced a few off some more friends. I had been writing my poems for about 10 years and had collected a couple of hundred, so what to include for my book? It was fun re-reading them, tweaking them here and there and choosing which ones would make the cut. I hope you all will enjoy them too.
Poetry is so subjective that one never really knows how others will take your work, and as all authors know, we often suffer from low esteem are unsure of our selves and conversely our work.
By the way, it hasn’t been written under a pen because I am fearful of how it will be received, but to separate my children’s books from adult works.
Echoes From the Forest will launch at Cafe la Plume on the 31st October 2018. I will be joined by Ashleigh Giannoccero, Evadeen Brickwood, Silke Kaiser, Corne Groenewald, Gerry Pelser and my best book buddy Kim Hunter, I can’t wait, yeahhhhhh!
Join us there at 10am if you are a lover of books and meet some incredible giants in the Indie book world, chat with us, get your books signed and dedicated and just hang with the authors for a morning.
A fascinating evening with Tamsyn Bester talking about editing run by yours truly at Skoobs as one of our Indie Authors Networking meetups.
So much to learn.
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Indie Authors Support Local School Open Day
Indie authors gathered on Saturday 10th February at the Assumption Convent School in Germiston to celebrate their first School’s Reading Road Show
The Headmistress Mrs Debby Zambon was super keen to host the authors as part of their Open Day Celebrations to emphasize to parents the importance the school places on reading. In fact, Jann Weeratunga, author of the Polly’s PIralympics Books Series, says, “These girls devour books, they are copious readers and it was fantastic being able to share our books with them.”
The emphasis on the day was to show pupils present and future that authors are real people, approachable and you can talk to them, ask questions about their books and let them know what you think of their books.
Present on the day were:
Tanya De Villiers and
The Schools Reading Road Show is available to any school in Gauteng. The authors present their books either through reading, plays or activities for the children and put life into books and reading for children.
Being able to read holds the key to a child’s future, enable them.
They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Independent Authors do it for themselves.
Independent Authors or Indies as we like to be known, are authors who do not have the backing of a publisher, often because of the country they live in, like us in South Africa, and sometimes through choice.
I love being an Indie. I choose my own destiny. That means hard work, lots of hard work, I mean really lots of hard work, but amazingly rewarding.
A while back there was some chitter-chatter and an author I admire immensely remarked that Indies need to do it for themselves in their own genre. Well, that was it, the seed was sown and I banded together the most amazing group of Indies on this planet – Kim Hunter, Corne Groenewald, Christina Harman, Robbie Cheadle and Fatuma Abdullah to help me. This Saturday we will be hosting our own Children’s Book Fayre, so if you want something for the kids to do come and join us, plus meet some awesome Children’s Authors pop in we’d love to see you.
Look out for the Akiki, Sir Chocolate, Silly Willy, Liam and Polly’s Piralympic Series’ as well as many, many more books.
WIN, WIN, WIN with our raffle and let the kids have a great day out. WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THE HOLIDAYS.
I shall be there signing copies of Polly’s Piralympics if you have a child’s birthday coming up – makes an excellent present (bursting with life lessons you want your children to know.)
Kilt wearing, bagpipe playing Scots, yellow turbaned Indians, vuvuzela playing Zulus, tattooed Maoris, Abba singing Vikings and guitar playing, cowboy American pirates all compete for GOLD.
Whilst pirates learn what happens to cheats, and that bullying isn’t cool
So today I walked with a giant, well sat and had coffee actually.
Ashleigh Giannoccaro met with me to share insights into the Indie world when you really believe you can make it. And I believe I can make it.
I now realize that I am not going for a stroll up the local hills opposite my house with my sneakers and a backpack with my lunch, BUT AM IN FACT, climbing Mount Everest, so I need boots, crampons, a proper warm jacket, thermals, an oxygen tank, a backup team and a tent. Oh, and did I mention a backup team? Yes, and I have the best, Ashleigh Giannoccaro, Sian Claven, Deborah du Plooy, Kim Hunter, Tonia Lennox to name a few. I have the A TEAM.
What you can learn from a seasoned Indie like Ashleigh is worth its weight in gold… I shall be revealing more in Indie Authors over the next few days… but needless to say, 3 hours of lessons and questions later I feel so inspired I AM READY TO NOW CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST.
Watch out Bookworld I’m armed and ready.
#Jannweeratunga, #Pollyspiralympics, #booksfor antibullying