The final programme of the biennial conference of
the IRSCL (International Research Society for Children's Literature)
that is taking place in South Africa from 20-24 August is taking
shape and will be finalised within the next week. This is the first
time that a congress of such international stature in children's
literature will be held on the African continent. More than 60 experts
in the field from all over the globe will be delivering papers on
various aspects of children's literature.
The organisers are delighted that a few very special
South African children's books will be launched during the conference:
My mother hates television by Lesley Beake; Yebo,
Jamela! by Niki Daly; The Waterbearer by Dianne Hofmeyr and
Nozincwadi - Mother of Books by Gcina Mhlophe.
The organisers were also able to negotiate with Klein
Kariba, the resort where the conference will take place, a special
tariff for South African delegates. South Africans can attend the
conference for R 1900. This includes the registration, accommodation
in single rooms in the chalets, all meals and social functions.
Transport to and from Johannesburg International Airport will be
For more information about the conference, the preliminary
programme, registration form, etc, go to: www.unisa.ac.za/dept/clru/irsclconf.html
or contact Thomas van der Walt VDWALTB@unisa.ac.za