Curators 2017

The Kingsmead Book Fair Programme was curated by:

Hayley Schonborn Pienaar
Hayley Schonborn Pienaar
Hayley Schonborn Pienaar began her career as a reporter for The Star newspaper, moved to Reuters as a correspondent, taught English for a while, then joined Kingsmead as Marketing Manager. She is passionate about The Kingsmead Book Fair and is delighted that the school’s signature event has become a significant event on South Africa’s literary calendar.
Ann Leith
Ann Leith
Ann Leith is a voracious reader and passionate about encouraging the girls at Kingsmead College to read.
Yewande Omotoso
Yewande Omotoso
Yewande Omotoso was born in Barbados. She grew up in Nigeria and moved to South Africa in 1992. Yewande trained as an architect and is a designer, freelance writer, poet and novelist. After completing a Masters degree in Creative Writing, her debut novel Bom Boy was published in 2011 by Modjaji Books. It won the 2012 South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author, was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa as well as the M-Net Literary Awards 2012, and was the runner-up for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Her second novel, The Woman Next Door, was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Michele Magwood
Michele Magwood
PEN SA member Michele Magwood is the Contributing Books Editor of the Sunday Times and convener of the Sunday Times Literary Awards.
Andiswa Makanda
Andiswa Makanda
Andiswa Makanda is a producer at 702, producing one of the biggest breakfast shows in Gauteng. She is also content producer of a daily television show on SABC 3, Trending SA, which brings to television life all the trending hashtags on social media.
Bontle Senne
Bontle Senne
Writer for children, blogger, speaker and literary activist on the board of NPO Puku Children’s Literature Foundation and NPO READ Educational Trust. I’m also a minority shareholder of feminist trade publishing house Modjaji Books. Bontle regularly speaks on African children’s literature at international literary festivals and conferences including the Africa 4 Tech – Marrakesh, Morocco, Frankfurt International Book Fair, Salon du Livre (Paris Book Fair), Etonnants Voyageurs – Brazzaville, Congo, Etonnants Voyageurs – Saint Malo, France, South African Book Fair, Abantu Book Fair and Kingsmead Book Fair. Her forthcoming novel – Flame of Truth – is the third book in an Afrocentric adventure/fantasy trilogy for 9 – 12-year olds called “Shadow Chasers”.

The Kingsmead Book Fair Children’s Programme and Teen Zone Programme was curated by:

Lindy Truswell
Lindy Truswell
Lindy Truswell volunteered for The Kusasa Project for three years, teaching English through the love of reading to Grade 2 learners, before working for The Franschhoek Literary Festival for four years, as organiser of the FLF Book Week for Young Readers.

She loves seeing children’s faces light up when they discover the joy of reading, and Dr Seuss’s words…

“The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice,
when speaking your mind or making your choice.”