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UP Bookjol to celebrate University of Pretoria Centenary

From 5-8 March 2008 the University of Pretoria Libraries will host a Bookjol: four days of reading pleasure at the Hatfield Campus!  

  • Well known English writers will take part in the programme:  Sindiwe Magona, Michiel Heyns, Peter Horn, Darryl Accone, Fred Khumalo, Chris Mann, Sally-Ann Murray, Kobus Moolman, Ingrid de Kok, Anton Krueger, David Medalie, Chris Walton and Chris van Wyk. Shimmer Chinodya, winner of the Noma award, is from Zimbabwe.

  • The participating  Afrikaans writers  are alumni of the university:  Joan Hambidge, Hans du Plessis, Johann Lodewyk Marais, Piet Haasbroek, Dolf van Niekerk, PG du Plessis, Jeanette Ferreira, Cas Vos, Helene de Kock, Henning Pieterse and Charl-Pierre Naudé.

  • The African languages are represented by Jerry Mojalefa (Sepedi), Buti Skhosana (Ndebele), Mandla Maphumulo (isiZulu) and Vanoni Bila (Tshivenda).

  • Publishers and booksellers will exhibit and sell books in the Rautenbach Hall.

  • Twenty+  international publishers will introduce us to their latest  e-books. On Friday 7 March this phenomenon and its influence will be explored during a one day symposium. 

  • TUKSbooks  which have been written by UP staff, students and alumni will be exhibited in the Villa Museum. This exhibition will be accompanied by the UniverCity series: informal talks by local experts about their fascinating work.

  • Young readers are particularly welcome. Every day will have a  kids/youth programme. On Thursday 6 March 600 learners from schools in Pretoria will be our guests. Well known writers of youth literature, Anzil Kulsen, Sarah Britten, Nokutula Mazibuko, Fanie Viljoen, Jaco Jacobs, Carina Diedericks-Hugo and Helen Brain will be assisted by puppets and storybook characters. 

  • The  opening function will be on 5 March, 19:00.  Dr Mathews Phosa, poet and senior politician will be the guest speaker. Two well known awards for youth literature will be made, followed by a production by the Departement of Drama. Send a message to bookjol@up.ac.za if you want to want to attend. Entrance is free.

  • Concerts by the university choirs and orchestra, street musicians and art exhibitions will add to the festivities.

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