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The undeniable relevance of South African stories

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October, 13th 2015
Thabiso Mahlape is a publisher with Jacana. She recently launched a new book imprtint, BlackBird Books which seeks to provide a platform and publishing home to both new voices and the existing generation of black writers and narratives. Thabisa believes that relevant South African stories are the key to a culture of reading: When I was about five or six, I didn’t know about books, about reading for...
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Why stories are not just for bedtime

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October, 13th 2015
Do you read to your children regularly? Many parents who read to their children do this as part of their children’s bedtime routine. They cuddle up to their children and read a story or two before its time for their children to drift off to dreamland. Bedtime stories are an easy way of helping your children to relax at the end of a busy...
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Nal'ibali research: A glimpse into child’s play

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August, 25th 2015
Nal'ibali's Storyplay Coordinator, Nadia Lubowski, travelled to KwaZulu-Natal to train and support ECD practitioners in their implementation of the Storyplay approach. In this piece, she relays her personal and professional experience in helping spread the power of stories: We had been driving since 7 am in the morning; we had visited six early childhood development (ECD) sites by mid afternoon. My thoughts were meandering between...
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The dangers of the single story

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August, 25th 2015
Catherine Kell, Associate Professor of Linguistics, specialising in literary studies at the University of the Western Cape, speaks to us about the danger of the single story and necessity of different narratives: A group of lees-mammies (reading-mommies) talked to me about story-telling in their lives when they were young children growing up on wine-farms in the Western Cape where their parents worked as labourers. The...
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Helping blind and visually impaired children discover story worlds

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August, 25th 2015
Omphile is a 13 year old Grade 7 learner at Prinshof School for blind and visually imapired children. She has congenital glaucoma and therefore has limited eyesight. Omphile has always enjoyed reading – perhaps because everyone else in her family reads – and would like to encourage adults and older caregivers to help other blind or visually imapired children experience the joy she has...
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The healing power of stories

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August, 17th 2015
Reading and telling stories in children’s lives are important activities that encourage children to develop their imaginations,  excellent memories and increase their vocabularies. As part of our broader ‘Story Power’ campaign, we embarked on a two-day programme of  ‘Healing through Stories’ workshops designed to use stories – written, told and read – to help children to make sense of their hardships, in a fun...
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Women's month: Literacy superwomen

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August, 17th 2015
This Women’s Day we salute local librarians, teachers and literacy activists for being inspiring change-makers in their community. The literacy librarian: Edith Khuzwayo Edith Fezeka Khuzwayo, the Managing Librarian at the Murray Park Library under the City Of Johannesburg, is one of those community members who should be celebrated not just on Women’s Day, but every day of the year. In addition to managing the day-to-day running...
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Nal’ibali's holiday Story Power

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July, 23rd 2015
Nal’ibali’s Holiday Programme was in full force this year, spreading the message that reading is an enjoyable part of daily life. Our Literacy Mentors across the country set up holiday reading programmes that ran straight throughout the July school break. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session was designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and unusual ways....
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South African stories for South African youth

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June, 16th 2015
Youth Month is a good time to reflect on the past. Our past. It is when we take a moment of silence to remember those who died to liberate us. It is important to remember. And stories are an essential part of remembering. Stories enable us to view past events as if we were part of it. As readers we are able to step into...
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Reading to young children: The cognitive benefits

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June, 16th 2015
With US paediatricians now prescribing reading with children as part of their essential care,  Malini Mohana speaks with local experts to see how they think the power of stories can shape children’s social, cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Storytelling is the primal way in which human beings organise and compartmentalise their experiences. We’re not just narrators of things that happen around us; we’re also the narrators...
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