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From Michelle Matthews

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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New storybooks for thousands of children

Graca in the library

Press release, Cape Town, 14 May 2015

On 27 May, children’s centres across the Helderberg, Grabouw and the Cape’s Winelands will begin receiving free children’s books. The give-away project, funded by home-fittings company Decorland, is a partnership of Book Dash, Masikhule, and several organisations working with underprivileged children. It will provide 5000 books in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English, developed by some of Cape Town’s leading creatives, to Early Childhood Development centres and primary schools. Read more

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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Mandela Day Handout, 18 July 2014

Book Dashers congregated at Jireh ECD Centre in Mitchell’s plain to hand out 750 Book Dash books to children. Each child got to take home three beautiful Book Dash books.

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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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