Storytelling conferenceWednesday 19 – Friday 21 August 2009
University of South Africa Main Campus, Pretoria

Presented by the Department of Information Science and the Children’s Literature Research Unit of the Department of Information Science of the University of South Africa

The conference will address particular issues regarding reading promotion for children and storytelling to children. Although storytelling can also be seen as a means to promote reading, the two issues will be addressed on two consecutive days. The sessions will consist of both theoretical papers and practical presentations on specific projects. Participants from different countries will address the various issues from their perspectives.

The purpose of the conference is to share and exchange experiences; and to determine how institutions and organisations involved in children’s reading can support one other.

Pre-conference workshops on reading promotion and storytelling will be presented on Wednesday 19 August. On the evening of 19th a gala function, “An Evening of Stories from Indonesia” will be held to commemorate the 15 years of diplomatic ties between South Africa and Indonesia. The Balinese storyteller, Made Taro, will perform and his performance will be complimented by an exhibition of Indonesian children’s books. Mr Taro will be joined by storytellers from Argentina, Cameroon and South Africa on Thursday evening for another evening of storytelling.

More information, programme and registration form are available at: For more information e-mail: or phone (012) 4296520 or 4296071.