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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

Cape Town, here we go again!

On a single Book Dash day, creative teams work fast to make beautiful African children’s books that anyone can freely access, print and distribute. Our next event will take place at the AKRO Co-Working Space in Cape Town on the 2nd of December.

You’ll need to do a little prepwork before the event, but most importantly, you need to be available from 9am to 9pm on Saturday the 2nd December. You will also need to get yourself to and from the venue in Salt River, Cape Town on the day. Our aim with Book Dash events is to attract great creatives from the surrounding area. However, applicants from further afar are welcome to apply as long as you are able to arrange your own transport and accommodation.

If you’re not a writer, illustrator, designer or editor, but are still passionate about children’s literacy, why not apply to help out in a support role? We need photographers, videographers, tech support, art directors and social media storytellers to make Book Dash a success.

To find out more about us, or to read existing books, visit bookdash.org. For enquiries, email team@bookdash.org.

Apply: https://goo.gl/forms/t309xzFvlih0RXiz1

Applications close on Sunday, 29th October 2017 at 12h00 midday. No late applications will be accepted. All applicants, successful or not, will be informed by Monday, 6 November.

 

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.

Thanks to Woolworths for sponsoring this one of a kind event, and for Workshop 17 at the Watershed for hosting us.

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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.

The books they created together are their gift to the world, and can be freely printed and distributed by anyone. Read this account of the day by volunteer Helen Moffett, listen below to the documentary of the day produced by Nancy Richards or view the gorgeous photos from the day, taken by the talented Marilet of The Lion and the Lady photography.

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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.

The books they created are their gift to the world, and can be freely printed and distributed by anyone. They’re widely used by literacy organisations, ECD centres, schools and others around South Africa and beyond.

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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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Over forty professional writers, illustrators, and designers gathered, supported by a team of photographers, technical and art directors, storytellers, caterers, and logistics wizards. Everyone was a volunteer, and everything they created is their gift to the world.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, and join our mailing list to hear about future events.

Huge thanks to the Goethe Institute for hosting us in their wonderful venue for our book-creation day.

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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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