In conjunction with the Pan-African Reading Conference to be held at the University of Botswana from the 11-14 of July this year, WABO and the Reading Association of Botswana (RAB) have joined hands to run a nationwide Read-a-Thon for students around the country.
Entry forms will be run in The Voice newspaper from next week. Students should cut out the form and get reading! They will write down the title of each book read and their teacher or librarian will sign off for the book. At the end of the reading period they need to post the entry forms to the address listed. Cash and book prizes will be awarded to the students in primary and secondary who have read the most books. The prize giving will be part of the opening ceremony of the Reading Conference which will be attended by 700 international participants and opened by Hon. Minister Masisi.
Without readers there can be no writers, so we need to re-instill a love of books in our children. So spread the word! It is hoped that the Read-A-Thon might become an annual event.
The 21st June is scheduled as Short Story Day. In the UK there are plenty of events taking place which you can read about here. All around Southern Africa publishers, writers and short story enthusiasts will be participating in events around the wonderful short story. Join the Facebook page about the day here.
The Writers Association of Botswana (WABO) intends to celebrate the day. When plans are finalised you'll find all of the details here on the blog. But what about celebrating the day where you are? Are you a teacher? How about having your class read and discuss a short story? Or even write one! What about holding a short story writing day at your local community centre? There are plenty of ways to celebrate this very important type of narrative.