We figured since the 2016 # SAIR event is centered around bringing books to our youth, why not hear it straight from a young mind's heart and soul as to why reading is so important to her as a kid living in South Africa.
Kamo matriculated last year from St Barnabas College where I met the beautiful young lady on one of my library project missions. Since then she has enrolled into Boston media house hoping to hit the journalism track within her 3rd year. Most recently she has submitted her first manuscript to me and I see so much potential. What strikes me the most is that despite our country's struggle in bringing literature to our kids as a career choice, we still have the beautiful minds and spirit's out there that can made a difference.
Join us on 30th of April from 3pm
at skoobs theatre of books
Where we will discuss publishing, marketing, books and our youth with some of the best of local talent JHB and CT has to offer!
Meet our rising star Kamo Modisane
Reading my addiction, reading my source of inspiration, reading my mechanism of unlocking my imaginative juices. Yes, reading is the nutrient to my brain. My mouth is tool that tastes the words and my brain does the digesting. I love reading because by seeing a word that I have never seen gives me the urge of opening a dictionary and boom! You have advanced your vocabulary and articulation, no tongue twisters for the book readers . It makes me travel destinations in the comfort of my desk or bedroom. The social skills I learn from reading are totally off the hook #CommunicationOnFleek
Writing is my middle name! I would refer myself to an organism that is capable of transforming a cup of coffee into a comforting story. Writing gives me the licence of creating puns and metaphors. I live by those daily! I mean what is a sentence without a coat filled with fur for thought. Writing is my first love, It is what I live for and have a passion for. Writing is one of the largest sources one could use to reach out to the society. As a young person I write about myself, the mistakes I have made and with the aim to help someone as young as myself not to do the same mistake but instead they can learn from mine. With my writing comes the harsh exposure of the consequences I had to endure. Doing that gives me freedom, wisdom and peace.
Youth all over South Africa have different challenges regards with to having access to a book to read. For the fancy,bratty young person their challenge could be : "PDF books are not that fun and I am so not walking to the library!." For the girl that lives in a village it could be the sad case of the community and school not having a library. The picky young boy living in a modernised townships barrier could be the books on his bucket list are above his budget. We have given technology the authority to rule our daily schedule. We spend hours and hours reading unnecessary texts while we could be reading a book. We spend time replying with paragraphs in group chats while we could be writing a poem, book or even a short descriptive piece. I bet even couples do not write each other letters anymore. only a handful could still have the time for it. The rest text using a phone. Honestly there is no effort.
Sometimes finding a book to read is not a challenge but the shallow mentality is the barrier. Many young people tend to think ; "Why read a book if I go to school and study using textbooks!" We call such students book intolerant. It takes a person powerfully observant person to understand the difference between the two books and the different imaginative capacities the book entitle you to have.
Carlyle Labuschagne is an award winning South African author working her way into the hearts of international readers .