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Small Publishers’ Catalogue, Africa, 2013

I love it when a plan comes together! The Small Publishers’ Catalogue is happening, we’ve got listings from publishers all over the continent: Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, a UK-based publisher of African writing, and of course lots from South African publishers. May still get listings from Togo, Mauritius, Tunisia and Morocco. Possibly Botswana, a few more Nigerian publishers, trying to get as many as possible by the end of February.

Many of the publishers we are listing for the first time have participated in the Frankfurt Book Fair/Litprom Invitation Programme.

African Books Collective, Black Letter Media, Paperight, Bookslive, the Goethe Institute, AllAboutWriting, Judy Croome, Porcupine Press, Deep South, Fundza, Helen Moffett, The Rhodes University Creative Writing MA, Farafina, and the ever generous and supportive friend of small publishers – Mega Digital have all taken out advertising so far. We are thrilled to announce that Mega Digital has agreed to sponsor an initial print run of 500 copies!

We had limited success with the Indiegogo campaign, in that we reached just over a tenth of our target budget. But we would like to offer a huge thanks to those who generously donated, mostly writers, and at least half of whom are poets. I’m sure there is a lesson in there somewhere. The Indiegogo sponsors include: Helen Moffett, Sarah Lotz, Richard Higgs, Arthur Attwell, Leonie Joubert, Yewande Omotoso, AllAboutWriting, Rachel Zadok, Haidee Kruger, Kobus Moolman, Lauri Kubuitsile and Carol-Ann Davids. (The anonymous donors are also poets.)

I’m hoping to put up a website for small and Indie African publishers once we’ve got the updated printed catalogue off the ground. It’ll be a work in progress that we can keep updated.

In the meantime if you or anyone you know works in publishing directly or indirectly. Please spread the word. We’d love to list them or feature them in an advert.

Our online version of the 2010 catalogue has had over 4600 hits.


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