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Congratulations to our Story Bosso winners!

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October, 27th 2017
This year's Story Bosso talent search is officially over and we are pleased to announce the winners!    The theme for this year was intsomi (folktales), and we held numerous events hosting storytelling performances across South Africa. We received an overwhelming total of 6 317 entries from all over the country. The entries were impressive, which made selecting the winning stories a tough process!    Prizes    The overall Story...
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The Story Bosso finalists are...

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October, 18th 2017
This year's Story Bosso contest received an overwhelming total of 6 317 entries from all over South Africa - by far our highest number of entries to date since we launched the contest in 2015. The entries we received were of a very high standard, which made choosing the best stories a tough process!   The theme for this year was intsomi (folktales). We held numerous events...
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This September, and in commemoration of Literacy Month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is encouraging a wave of storytelling across the country with its third annual multilingual storytelling contest, Story Bosso. Placing a special focus on folktales in a bid to preserve this national treasure, the campaign will be hosting storytelling performances and events across the country for the month and is inviting members...
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Story Bosso Events: Schedule

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August, 31st 2017
Attend our exciting Story Bosso events closest to you! Take a look at our event details below and feel free to give us a call on  021 180 4080 if you have any questions or queries:   Organisation name Event Date Time Venue/Location Community Audition event 01-Sep 13:00 - 17:00 Dumalisile Methodist Church Soul City Institute 05-Sep 10:00 Nomaka Mbeki Village Comms Public Event 07-Sep 10:00 Eastern Cape Kenako Shopping Mall 09-Sep 10:00 Port Elizabeth Stephen Nkomo 01-Sep 10:00 - 17:00 KwaNobuhle Despatch 04-Sep 09:00 - 15:00 Uitenhage Free Kids ECD 05-Sep 10:00 - 13:00 Khayelitsha Own reading club 05-Sep 13:00...
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This Women’s Month 2017, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has joined forces with young author and activist, Buhle Ngaba, to bring the power of stories to girls across the country. Buhle’s acclaimed children’s book, The Girl Without a Sound, is a moving story about the importance of hearing the stories and voices of girls and comes at a time in South Africa when...
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Women's Month writing competition

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August, 7th 2017
When we see women and girls represented as strong, beautiful and capable of anything, it makes it impossible for the world to tell us otherwise. - Buhle Ngaba This Women's Day, Nal'ibali and Buhle Ngaba collaborated to bring the story 'The girl without a sound' to even more South Africans by translating the story into isiXhosa and iziZulu. Our aim is to inspire children and adults...
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This Women's Month 2017, Nal'ibali has joined forces with writer and performer, Buhle Ngaba, to bring the power of stories to girls across the country. Buhle's children's book, 'The girl without a sound', has made waves in the past year. A powerful book about the importance of hearing the stories and voices of girls, Buhle's book comes at a time in South Africa in...
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This Mandela Day, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is offering children and caregivers across the country the opportunity to enjoy one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite stories for children. Made possible through a collaboration with Tafelberg publishers, the story – part of an anthology titled Madiba Magic will be available as a special story card in a range of South African languages from the...
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Capturing the imagination of children and working towards a more just society that recognises and accepts gender fluidity during childhood, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign will be hosted South Africa’s first drag queen story hour with Thiart Li, performing as Shenay O’brien, and children from two Nal’ibali reading club Ikageng Austrian Embassy Library in Soweto on Saturday 24 June. The programme is just as it sounds...
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The journey of a literacy mentor

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June, 21st 2017
Cokisa Sicwebu is a Kwa Zulu-Natal-based Nalibali literacy mentor. She is in charge of seven story sparkers and oversees 35 schools in the remote rural Ugu district near Port Shepstone, spanning Hibberdene and the Mtwalume district. Heather Robertson chatted to her about how she manages to encourage the love of reading in these communities. Why did you get involved as a Nal'ibali literacy mentor?   I am a...
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