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Michael Ende se klassieke Momo is pas heruitgereik met ’n nuwe prag-omslag

Momo is Michael Ende se klassieke sprokiesroman vol poësie oor die towerkrag van tyd.

Momo, ’n klein, verflenterde dogtertjie, woon aan die rand van ’n groot stad in die ruïne van ’n amfiteater. Sy besit niks buiten dit wat sy vind of wat sy van ander ontvang nie, maar sy het ’n buitengewone gawe: Sy luister werklik na ander en gee vir hulle tyd. Een dag ruk die gruwelike grys menere met hulle loodgrys aktetasse en sigare in die groot stad op en begin om die kosbare tyd van die mense te steel.

Momo is die enigste een wat die donker mag van die tyddiewe kan beteuel.

Michael Ende (1929–1995) het in ’n nugtere, siellose tyd die byna verlore fantasieryk en droomwêreld teruggewen. Hy tel vandag tot een van die bekendste en veelsydigste Duitse skrywers. Naas kinder- en jeugboeke skryf hy poëtiese prenteboeke, boeke vir volwassenes, teaterstukke en gedigte. Baie van sy boeke is verfilm of vir radio of televisie bewerk.

Dieter Braun is ’n vryskut illustreerder en kinderboekouteur van Hamburg, Duitsland. Hy het Kommunikasieontwerp studeer by die Folkwangschule in Essen. Internasionale publikasies soos Time Magazine, The New York Times, Stern, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Elle en Glamour is sommige van sy kliënte. Sy styl is uniek, sterk en minimalisties en maak hierdie klassieke werk opnuut weer modern.

Helene de Villiers (*30 Augustus 1921, Brakpan) is bekend as vertaler en kenner op die gebied van kinderverhale, spesifiek sprokies. Sy het nie net inheemse sprokies aangeteken en oorvertel nie, sy het ook verskeie wêreldbekende sprokies in Afrikaans vertaal.


Nal'ibali launches fourth Story Bosso competition with Yvonne Chaka Chaka!

Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – kicked off National Literacy Month (celebrated in September) – with the launch of their fourth Story Bosso competition at Uncle Tom’s Community Centre in Soweto on August 31st.

In commemoration of the 30 days dedicated to encouraging a love of reading, storytelling and writing, this annual multilingual storytelling competition invites all South Africans (storytelling has no age restriction!) to enter a story of their own, with the winning entry being published as a book, and the adroit author receiving a cash prize of R 5000.

The theme of this year’s competition is none other than ‘South African hero’s’ – be it your mother or Winnie Mandela, your father or Fatima Meer, a best buddy or Bonang – Nal’ibali is interested in reading your story on that one singular South African whom you regard as a true Hero. (Yes, with a capital ‘H’ sommer!)

Schoolchildren, Nal’ibali volunteers, FUNda Leaders, Miss Soweto, and none other than UN Goodwill Ambassador and South African icon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, were present at this joyous occasion which included improv games, singalongs, an intro to the Sustainable Development Goals (à la Ma Yvonne), and an opportunity for the children to play Nal’ibali’s inventive Hero’s board game.

Take a look at the day in pictures, courtesy of Daniel Born:

The gees was tangible during an improv storytelling game facilitated by a FUNda leader!


A schoolgirl having a jol as her peers cheer her on amid the improv game.


Singalong time! (All together now: “We are the reading club! / The Nal’ibali Reading Club!”)


A demonstration of Nal’ibali’s very own Hero’s board game.


And enter Yvonne Chaka Chaka!


Suffering from a bout of post-FOMO? You need only take one look at these delighted faces to imagine yourself in the crowd as Yvonne performed her iconic ‘Umqombothi’.


Yvonne asked two volunteers (“one boy and one girl, please”) to join her in reading the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals out loud. (And after reiterating the importance of number four – ‘help children in your community to read’ – forthrightly stated that one shouldn’t “just dala WhatsApp.” #truth!)


The kids were invited to try their hand at Nal’ibali’s Hero’s board game to get those creative storytelling juices a-flowing.


High five to heroes and storytelling!

"I got inspired to write for children after I had my son" - a Q&A with poet Primrose Mrwebi

Nal’ibali Column 25: Term 3, 2018

By Carla Lever

Poet Primrose Mrwebi. Picture supplied.

You’ve written for magazines like Fair Lady, taught young up-and-coming writers and even performed your poetry at the opening of Parliament in 2004. Do you have a favourite experience of where your storytelling has taken you?

Every experience matters! Being a magazine journalist taught me a lot about looking at the world objectively, performing in Parliament meant that the whole country was listening to my voice and my art, and teaching young people gives me a spiritual feeling of finally coming to meet the purpose of my talent.

Now it seems you’re creating opportunities for others to find their talent. You held your own self-funded poetry competition – PrimPoetry – in Khayelitsha earlier this year. What was that like?

The competition left me with sleepless nights for days. I am so inspired by the talent that exists in our communities – the language skills of those poets are exceptional.

Why do you think it’s important for people to give back to their communities when they’re able?

It’s one of the ways that we can bring positive change in our world. It also eliminates the culture of complaining too much and doing nothing! One of my mantras is “If you want something and it’s not there, start it yourself and invite like-minded people to join you.”

PrimPoetry allowed people to enter for free and to perform poems in Afrikaans, isiXhosa or English. Why do you think we need more opportunities that are open to all, regardless of income or home language?

For so many centuries a lot of people have felt excluded due to their race or class. That’s not fair. If we truly want to live in a world without exclusion, we need to begin on a journey that leads us there.

Are there any more plans for competitions that people can enter?

We had one at the Rainbow Art Organisation in Delft on Saturday the 8 of September and we will be having others in the very near future. We always do a call out on our PrimPoetry Facebook Page, so keep an eye on that if you’re interested in entering.

Can you tell us a little about the children’s book you’re working on for isiXhosa and English learners?

I got inspired to write for children after I had my son. I suddenly wanted to speak in a language that children can understand. This is a collection of stories that I think will make an impact on children today. It’s also important that I write in my mother tongue because there is clearly not many books that are written in our home languages.

What kinds of resources and opportunities do our young people need to make sure they grow up loving books and confident about telling their own stories?

Children need to have libraries close to their homes. They need their parents or siblings to take the time to read to them, to be taken to storytelling clubs, book clubs or recreational centres. People like us need to bring the skills we have to our communities so that we can create that change.

Do you have any advice or encouragement for people interested in starting a poetry or storytelling event in their own communities?

Identify people that have interest in poetry and start a group. Share ideas and ask for advice from organisations, or people that work with poetry and literature. People are wonderful resources!

Nal’ibali’s annual multilingual storytelling competition is running this September for Literacy and Heritage Month. Aimed at reviving a love of storytelling amongst adults and children, and connecting South Africans to their rich and vibrant heritage, the theme of this year’s contest is South African Heroes. Enter by telling the story of your favourite SA icon, your personal hero, or a fictional hero in your language, and you could be crowned this year’s Story Bosso! To find out more about Nal’ibali and Story Bosso, visit,, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Submit a review of your favourite children’s book and stand a chance to win!

Click here for more!

Jozi creatives, are you ready? Book Dash applications are open!

Calling all creatives in the City of Gold!

Book Dash is looking for volunteers to donate 12 hours of their writing wisdom, illustration ingenuity, design dexterity, or editing excellence to get together and create children’s books in any and all eleven official languages!

By applying for this Book Dash (due to take place on Saturday the 27th of October at Streetlight Schools in Jeppestown), you’ll help realise Book Dash’s mission to ensure that every child in the country owns 100 books by the age of five.

If you’re passionate about children’s literacy and would prefer to take a behind-the-scenes stance, why not apply to help out as a photographer, videographer, art director, or social media storyteller?

Click here for all the deets, apply before the 20th of September, and get the nation reading!

Lekkerleespret vir jong diereliefhebbers!

Ontmoet ’n paar dapper en interessante diere van regoor die wêreld! Ontdek die wonderlike, ware verhaal van Jock, die Suid-Afrikaanse hond wat wêreldberoemd geword het; leer ken ’n brilpikkewyn met die naam Gregory Peck en skud poot met Just Nuisance, ’n hond wat by die Britse vloot aangesluit het! Hierdie boek bevat vyf asemrowende ware dierestories:

1. Seeman Just Nuisance
Het jy al gehoor van ’n hond wat lid van die vloot is? Of ’n pet dra en alleen trein ry? Dis wat Just Nuisance gedoen het.

2. Visvriende Big Red en Blackie
’n Ware verhaal oor die wonderbaarlike vriendskap tussen twee troetelvisse.

3. Jock van die Bosveld
Ontdek die wonderlike verhaal van Jock, die dapper Suid-Afrikaanse hond wat wêreldberoemd geword het.

4. Die ysbeer en die kietsiekat
Die merkwaardige verhaal van ’n katjie wat op ’n dag in die ysbeerpoel by ’n dieretuin beland het – en deur een van die gevaarlik bere gered is!

5. Gregory Peck die brilpikkewyn
Vind uit hoe ’n brilpikkewyn genaamd Gregory Peck mense geïnspireer het om vir die natuur om te gee.