Ilembe Book Festival 2024 starts on February 1.

Ilembe Book Festival 2024 starts on February 1.

The Ilembe Book Festival 2024 runs in Groutville, KwaDukuza, part of the iLembe District Municipality, South Africa from February 1 – 3, 2024. The festival theme is “Our Time, Our Stories, Our Voices.”

The iLembe Book Festival is a collective effort by award-winning novelist Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, author and journalist Dudu Busani-Dube, and writer Ayanda Xaba, who are all part of this year’s organising committee. This inaugural edition will bring together a cross-section of more than 30 South African authors in 15 sessions as well as a poetry slam and a full children’s programme.

The main book festival on Saturday, February 3, has a content-rich programme packed with conversations and talks, lively debates, and one-on-one author sessions. Leading up to this, there are other activities like Creative Writing Workshops aimed at upskilling local aspiring authors conducted by Sifiso Mzobe and Zukiswa Wanner on February 2. On February 1, there will be visits to local primary and secondary schools to drop off books and encourage young people to read and write.

Some of the featured authors are Angela Makholwa, Siya Khumalo, Nathi Oliphant, Welcome Mandla Lishivha, Rofhiwa Maneta, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, Zikhona Walela, Nelly Page Magwaza, Thenjiwe Mswane, Lucas Ledwaba, Sihle Khumalo, Joanne Joseph, Sithandiwe Langa, Ayanda Xaba, Lorraine Sithole, Outwile Tsipane, Cheeky Natives, Dudu Busani-Dube, Kirsten Miller, Aman Singh Maharaj, Pumza Shabangu, Ntokozo Ndlovu, Simangaliso Ntshangase, Malindi Dlamini, Sifiso Mzobe and Zukiswa Wanner.

Apart from the action independent local booksellers will get to sell books at the event at discounted prices. In addition, the festival will have a special bookstall for local self-published authors to allow them space to showcase their writing. Food, arts, and craft vendors will be available on-site on February 3.

All activities will run at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville, KwaDukuza, part of the iLembe District Municipality, South Africa. The festival is made possible through funding from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC), the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) and National Arts Council (NAC), and the partnership with the Luthuli Museum.

For more information about the festival activities, we suggest you try their official Facebook Page or their official website.


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