Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Looking for publisher of African language poetry collection

Neo Motshumi, one of my oldest and closest friends phoned me to say she has written a collection of Setswana poems and asked me to help her find a publisher.

“Is there a market for a Setswana poem collection?” she asked.

I didn't know for sure.

I've known Neo for almost twenty years, back when she was in Grade 7. She's a good artist and an aspiring designer (clothing). But I didn't know she was also a writer/poet.

So, I suggested that she visit the web site of the Publishers Association of South Africa (http://www.publishsa.co.za/test.php) which has a directory of publishers including information on the kind of material they publish.

I also suggested that she explore the blog of the SCWBI Gauteng http://scbwigauteng.blogspot.com/ and follow some of the links to interesting sites. I don't know if tyhe SCWBI in South Africa has a KwaZulu Natal chapter, but I suggested that she find out. ( She's based in Durban)

I also suggested she contact the Stories Across Africa Project. I don't know if they would still accept editorial submissions for their anthologies, but I thought they might also make a good point of contact. So I sent her their contact details.

Later this week I’m going to post a couple of her poems, on my http://freeafricantales.blogspot.com blog, so she can have some kind of online presence.

23 July update

My friend sent the poems through some weeks back, and I posted them here
http://mainane.blogspot.com/search/label/Neo%27s%20poetry

Enjoy!

2 comments:

kaicevy said...

com,1999:blog-19861369Tue, 22 Jul 2008 19:11:01 +0000STORYPOThttp://damariasenne

adele daney said...

Looking for publisher

Picnics poetry is looking for publisher who can give ideas for educators on teaching poetry, make a career, voice your opinion in fun and interesting ways.

Copyright Notice

With the exception of entries specifically credited to individual authors, the content on this blog is copyrighted by Damaria Senne and may not be reprinted without permission.