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2016 PUKU STORY FESTIVAL PROGRAMME: GRAHAMSTOWN: 18 21 FEBRUARY 2016

THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2016


TIME

ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

09:00 -16:00

EXHIBITION

Organised in partnership with the National English Literary Museum (NELM), the exhibition will
showcase and display isiXhosa childrens books and digital content, with a focus on environmental
content. Exhibitors include authors, publishers, NGOs and environmental organisations.

09:30 11:30

CHILDRENS PROGRAMME

Storytelling and Games


Featuring: Gcina Mhlophe, Phaphamani Childrens Literature Foundation and Zanele Ndlovu
Power belongs to the Children:
Puppetry, storytelling and read-out-loud sessions featuring Gcina Mhlophe, Charmza Literacy Club,
Madoda Ndlakuse and Babalwa Kona
School children will visit local optometrist Jenny Gopal to have their eyes examined and to learn about
the importance of eye care.

VENUE

AUDIENCE

Fountain
Court Area,
Ground and
1st Floor
Alcoves
Fountain
Court on
Stage
Rehearsal
Room

All

Allan Street

Grade 4 7

Grade 4 7

Grade 1 - 3

09:30 11:30

EYE TESTING

09:30 11:30

PRINTING PRESS TOUR

THE EASTERN STAR GALLERY is a printing and press museum, and a satellite of the National English
Literary Museum. The Gallery collection contains 19th century printing equipment and related
materials, with a particular highlight being an operational Wharfedale Press from c 1850.
The Gallery also offers an exhibition on the history of printing, from Gutenberg to the present day.

Anglo
African
Street

Grades 4 - 7

10:00 -11:30

THEATRE

The poignant and powerful play, Mother to Mother is an adaptation of Sindiwe Magonas novel of the
same name. The story is based on the murder of young American Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl who died
in a violent mob attack in Gugulethu on 25 August 1993. The story resonated with Magona because the
young man who killed Amy Biehl was in fact a neighbours son. This moved her to write a fictional letter
from the mother of the murderer to Amy Biehls mother. This took the form of the novel Mother to
Mother.
The novel was adapted into a play by award-winning actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones, acclaimed theatre
director Janice Honeyman and Sindiwe Magona. The poignant and powerful theatre play Mother to
Mother, first produced by the Baxter Theatre in 2009, has been performed worldwide to critical
acclaim. The performances of Mother to Mother at the Puku Story Festival are significant because it is
the first time the play will be performed before Eastern Cape audiences in isiXhosa. The high school
students who will make up the bulk of the audiences will benefit from seeing the theatre adaptation of
their setbooks for English first language.

B2 Arena

Grade 10
12

10:30 12:00

WORKSHOP:
Poetry Writing in isiXhosa

Musicologist, dramatist and poet Hleze Kunju leads this exploration of writing and presenting isiXhosa
poetry in different art forms - visual art, theatre, dance, music (opera, rap, and gospel).

Monument
Restaurant

Grade 8 9

10:00 12:00

Zemkiinkomo,
magwalandini!: A
conversation with Sindiwe
Magona

Writers, storytellers, teachers, academics and members of the public will have the opportunity for an
opportunity to interrogate the festival theme in the context of the state of education, literacy and
literature. Dr Magona will reflect on her writing journey and her preoccupation with promoting her
mother tongue and literary heritage.

Council
Chamber

12:00 13:30

OPEN MIC SESSION:


Poetry, storytelling and
readings.

Hosted by Ntsiki Mazwai


Zemkiinkomo, Magwalandini!:
Poetry and storytelling with Dr Sindiwe Magona and others.

Fountain
Court on
Stage

NGOs
Publishers
Librarians
Teachers
Writers
All

14:00 17:00

WORKSHOP:
Creative Writing for
Teachers

Presented by Gcinamasiko Heritage Trust and facilitated by world renowned storyteller Gcina Mhlophe,
this workshop is sure to leave senior primary school teachers ready to spread some inspiration into
their classrooms.

Monument
Gallery

Grade 4 7
Teachers

14:00 15:30

THEATRE

Mother to Mother
Performance in isiXhosa
Post-performance discussion

B2 Arena

Grade 10
12

FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2016


TIME

ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

09:00 -16:00

EXHIBITION

Organised in partnership with the National English Literary Museum (NELM), the exhibition will
showcase and display isiXhosa childrens books and digital content, with a focus on environmental
content. Exhibitors include publishers, NGOs and environmental organisations.

09:00 16:00

WORKSHOP:
Environmental Literature
for Children

Through its interaction with various communities, Puku has realized that the lack of educational
reading material in African languages has serious consequences for environmental education. We
believe that a careful selection and application of developmentally appropriate and scientifically
accurate literature is an effective tool to create environmental awareness in educators and children
alike. Puku has therefore decided to initiate a conscious process of dialogue to develop strategies to
generate the content needed to provide environmental literacy and education.

09:30 11:30

EYE TESTING

09:30 11:30

CHILDRENS PROGRAMME

VENUE

AUDIENCE

Fountain
Court Area,
Ground and
1st Floor
Alcoves
Monument
Gallery

All

Schoolchildren will visit local optometrist Jenny Gopal to have their eyes examined and to learn about
the importance of eye care.

Allan Street

Grade 4 7

Storytelling and Games


Featuring: Nompucuko Zakaza, Zanele Ndlovu & Bongani Godide

Fountain
Court on
Stage
Rehearsal
Room

Grade 4 7

Anglo
African
Street

Grade 4 7

Power belongs to the Children:


Puppetry, storytelling and read-out-loud sessions featuring Nompucuko Zakaza, Charmza Literacy Club,
Madoda Ndlakuse & Babalwa Kona
THE EASTERN STAR GALLERY is a printing and press museum, and a satellite of the National English
Literary Museum. The gallery collection contains 19th century printing equipment and related
materials, with a particular highlight being an operational Wharfedale Press from c 1850.
The gallery also offers an exhibition on the history of printing, from Gutenberg to the present day.

NGOs
Publishers
Illustrators
Environmen
talists
Writers

Grade 1 - 3

09:30 11:30

PRINTING PRESS TOUR

10:00 11:30

THEATRE

Mother to Mother
Performance in isiXhosa

B2 Arena

Grade 10
12

10:30 12:00

WORKSHOP:
Poetry Writing in isiXhosa
OPEN MIC SESSIONS

Musicologist, dramatist and poet Hleze Kunju leads this exploration of writing and presenting isiXhosa
poetry in different art forms - visual art, theatre, dance, music (opera, rap, and gospel).
Hosted by Ntsiki Mazwai
Poetry, Storytelling & Readings

Monument
Restaurant
Fountain
Court on
Stage

Grade 8 9

12:00 13:30

All

14:00 15:30

THEATRE

Mother to Mother
Performance in isiXhosa

B2 Arena

Grade 10
12

17:00 19:00

BOOK LAUNCH

Presented in association with NELM (National English Literary Museum) and Grocotts Mail, Dr Sindiwe
Magona will be launching her latest book, Chasing the Tales of My Fathers Cattle.
The book launch will be followed by an open mic poetry session.
Books will be available for sale at this event.

Fountain
Court Area

All
Open to
Public

SATURDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2016


TIME

ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

VENUE

AUDIENCE

08:30 11:30

WORKSHOP:
Iimbongi in the 21st Century

In the past, iimbongi were the storytellers and educators of the community. What role do they play in
the 21st Century? Are they a neglected educational resource? What is their role in knowledge
production and creation of educational content in the modern classroom? What is their role in
environmental literacy? Iimbongi are to discuss among themselves in a conversation moderated by the
African Language Studies Department in Rhodes Universitys School of Languages.

Monument
Restaurant

Poets

08:30 11:30

WORKSHOP:
Writing and Creating for
Young Children in a
Multilingual and Multimedia
Universe

Monument
Gallery

ECD
Practitioners

09:00 12:00

EXHIBITION

Nomvuyo Mzamane, Senior Multimedia Specialist and Head of Health-Education-Research-Evaluation


at Ochre Media pairs up with Dr. Nokuthula Msimang, Head of Childrens Content at SABC Children to
give insights on writing and creating multimedia products for children. The workshop's focus will be on
writing for television then using that content to create many other learning experiences in early
childhood. They will draw on their extensive experiences as members of production teams on some of
South Africa's most beloved and trusted children's shows.
The exhibition will be organised in partnership with the National English Literary Museum (NELM) and
will display isiXhosa childrens books and digital content, with a focus on environmental content.
Exhibitors include publishers, NGOs and environmental organisations.

All

09:00 11:30

CHILDRENS PROGRAMME

Storytelling and games featuring Phaphamani Childrens Literacy Foundation, Cebo Solombela &
Bongani Godide
Open Mic Session with MC Madoda Ndlakuse
Also available on the day will be a reading corner, face painting and much more!

Fountain
Court Area,
Ground and
1st Floor
Alcoves
Fountain
Court on
Stage

10:00 11:30

THEATRE

B2 Arena

All
Open to
Public

12:00 14:00

A CELEBRATION OF THE
WORK OF DR SINDIWE
MAGONA

Mother to Mother
Post-performance discussion
Performance in English
ENTRY FEE: R30/ticket
Conversation with author, Dr Sindiwe Magona
Launch of Dr Sindiwe Magona Celebratory Catalogue
Performances by Iimbongi
Presentation of book vouchers to local school representatives
Stakeholder address
Keynote address by Dr Sindiwe Magona
Entertainment by the Ntsika Secondary School Choir

Fountain
Court on
Stage

Open to
Public

All
Open to
Public

SUNDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2016


TIME
09:00 12:00

ACTIVITY
Zemkiinkomo,
Magwalandini!: A
CELEBRATION OF
INTERNATIONAL MOTHER
LANGUAGE DAY

DESCRIPTION

VENUE

St Philips church, in partnership with Puku Story Festival, will mark International Mother Language Day
with a Thanksgiving Service for Dr Sindiwe Magona. Copies of Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndunganes
biography, entitled From Bishopscourt to Robben Island will be donated to the church.

St Phillips
Church
Fingo Village

AUDIENCE
All