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Book creation

Our book-creation events – or Book Dashes – are the heart of what we do. At each one, we gather fifty creative professionals who work, as volunteers, for twelve hours to create new children’s storybooks. Everything they create is a gift to the world.

Book Dash Cape Town, 2 December 2017

On the 2nd of December 2017, 50+ creatives came together to address the issue of poor access to culturally relevant books for young children in Africa. Twelve teams of three each work collaboratively to create a brand new storybook in just 12 hours.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 19 November 2016

On the 19th of November, Book Dash alumni from across South Africa came to Cape Town. Their mission? Work together to create more, beautiful African storybooks in just 12 hours.

 

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Book Dash Jozi: 25 February 2017

This event took place at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg on Saturday, the 25th of February 2017. It was sponsored by the wonderful people at Worldreader.

The Goethe Institut generously made it possible for six writers and six illustrators from different African countries to participate in this special event.

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Book Dash Grahamstown: 12 November 2016

Eastern Cape, you asked and we’re answered: with Book Dash Grahamstown on Saturday the 12th November!

A huge thank you to the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown for hosting us, and The Solon Foundation for making yet another Book Dash possible!

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Book Dash Cape Town, 5 March 2016

On Saturday 5 March, teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers gathered at Cape Town’s Centre for the Book to create beautiful children’s books in just twelve hours.

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Book Dash Durban, 7 November 2015

Book Dash teamed up with the wonderful Solon Foundation to bring Book Dash to Durban! On Saturday 7 November, teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers joined us to create beautiful children’s books at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof.

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Book Dash Jozi, 27 June 2015

Book Dash JoziWe teamed up with the lovely folk at African Storybook to bring Book Dash to Jozi on 27 June 2015. Teams worked together to create new children’s books in just twelve hours.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 30 August 2014

Our third Book Dash was Women’s Day themed, and organised in collaboration with Rock Girl and the African Storybook Project. Each team wrote a biography of an inspiring African woman.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 28 June 2014

Our second Book Dash saw ten teams working for 12 hours at Cape Town Central Library. The space buzzed with creative energy as each team created a story from scratch.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 10 May 2014

This was our very first Book Dash. Just two teams working for six hours at the Paperight/Electric Book Works offices. We learned a lot about how future Book Dashes might work.

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