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Information and Advice

The Centre for the Book gathers and distributes information and provides advice and guidance on matters pertaining to books, publishing, creative writing and reading strategies. These services are provided by means of brochures, pamphlets and booklets that are produced from time to time. Clients are encouraged to phone in for any kind of book related queries. Alternatively, clients can visit the Centre for one on one consultation with the CPP Coordinator, Ms Nelisa Lunika, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 021 423 2669. Consultation days are Tuesdays and Thursdays days. Visit Centre for the Book’s Facebook page to keep abreast with book related activities such as new books and authors, workshops, conferences, seminars, book launches, festivals etc.

Writers and Book Development Programme

The Centre for the Book continues to develop programmes and activities that are aimed at supporting and nurturing South African budding writers. These programmes take place in various parts of the country. A lot of reading material has been produced and is available to assist young writers in their journey to publishing. A set of ten pamphlets addressing different writers’ concerns and questions are available from the Centre at a nominal fee. These pamphlets are currently available in English and Afrikaans.  They cover the following topics:

Pamphlet 1: Getting started as writer
Pamphlet 2: Start a writing group and make it work
Pamphlet 3: Writing Practice: Keeping your writing alive
Pamphlet 4: Editing your own writing
Pamphlet 5: Advice from the editor
Pamphlet 6: The End. What now? Turning a first draft into a manuscript
Pamphlet 7: Publishing opportunities for new writers
Pamphlet 8: Finding your way around a publishing contract
Pamphlet 9: Legal issues that concern writers
Pamphlet 10: ISBN and places:of legal deposit: What do they mean for a writer

A booklet, “A guide to small scale and self publishing” is available in English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu. These booklets can also be purchased from the Centre for the Book. For more information about the pamphlets and guides please contact the Community Publishing Coordinator during office hours.

From time to time the Centre for the Book, through Community Publishing Programme, conducts capacity building workshops for budding writers. Creative writing, editing, manuscript development, book marketing and other relevant workshops are held throughout the country to empower and equip young writers with the relevant skills to hone their talent. Writers are equipped to produce publishable material and encouraged to write and publish in their home languages.

Community Publishing Grant (CPG)

Through the Community Publishing Grant, small grants are offered once a year to individual writers and writers’ groups seeking to publish their own works. The closing date for applications is 30 April each year. Click here for CPG Guidelines and here for CPG Application form. Click here to view a full list of CPG books to date. If you would like to buy any of the CPG books, please contact CPP Coordinator, Nelisa Lunika, who will put you in touch with the authors concerned.

In recognition of its contribution to cultural development in South Africa, the project was awarded the ACT Cultural Development Awards in 2007 by the Arts and Culture Trust. The project was also nominated and shortlisted for the 2010 Pan SALB Multilingualism Awards.

Out to Lunch Sessions

Free writers' sessions are held one Wednesday per month, from 13h00 -14h00, either at Centre for the Book in Cape Town or at the National Library Campus in Pretoria. However, the Centre for the Book may also organize these sessions anywhere in the country where literary events take place, e.g. Wordfest in Grahamstown, Northern Cape Writers' Festival in Kimberly, Cape Town Book Fair and National Book Week. Writers are given the opportunity to interact with each other, discuss issues of concern to them or practice their writing skills. Invited facilitators lead discussions on various aspects of creative writing. To attend Out to Lunch sessions, please contact Ms Nelisa Lunika in Cape Town at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Lucas Matlala in Pretoria at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Click here to view Impact Study of Community Publishing Programme.