SCBWI South Africa - Our Blog

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Book Birthdays - Jan-May 2024

Congrats to our SCBWI members, Scharon Campbell, Allan Low, and Elizabeth Sparg on their new book releases!


Interview with Author, Allan Low

Allan Low has worked with rural communities in Eastern and Southern Africa for forty five years. Eleven years ago Allan and his late wife, Anne, setup the charity SHAMBA. SHAMBA works with communities to enable their most disadvantaged children from AIDS affected households gain access to high quality early childhood care and education through their ‘Bright Future’ preschools. Allan now lives in Wetherby, UK and continues to visit the charity and manage its work.


30 May 2024 - Pages in Progress: A Children's Book Exhibition (Gauteng)

Mark your calendars! Open Window and SCBWI South Africa are thrilled to invite you to 'Pages in Progress: A Children's Book Exhibition'


Experimenting with Watercolour: A workshop by Sarah Allen

Open Window and SCBWI present a watercolour workshop focusing on background and character development techniques in children’s book illustration.


Two SCBWI South Africa Illustrators feature in the shortlist for the Tinie Holloway Gold Medal, one of the South African Academy’s Literary Prizes

These prestigious prizes serve to recognise and act as an incentive for Afrikaans writers to produce quality work in their mother tongue.

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The Joy of Having Your Own Book

Towards the end of 2022, the SCBWI’s Impact and Legacy Fund granted $500 for books to go to the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town – an indication of just how well regarded internationally this wonderful hospital is.


Get To Know Our Illustrator Coordinator, Emily House

Emily House, our Illustrator Coordinator, has been busy over the past year. We are so proud of her achievements but also wanted to draw your attention to this article on Words and Pictures, the SCBWI British Isles blog, where Emily was recently featured.

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Our Nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Award

SCBWI SA has the privilege of being one of the nominating bodies for this prestigious award given to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and people or organisations that work with reading promotion for children and young people.


Book Birthdays - Oct/Nov/Dec 2023

Our SCBWI South Africa members have been busy recently with a lot of new book birthdays to announce! Huge congratulations to:


Interview with Scientist & Author, Mike Bruton

"I think that it is important to write science non-fiction books for children as they will be the next generation of decision makers, scientists and conservationists and we need to enlighten them about the importance and value of science while they are still young and inquisitive."

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