Friends of CBN in our early days


Where would any of us be without friends? CBN is grateful that we have (possibly) the best in the world!

One of the goals of CBN is to offer friendship to other organizations concerned with reading – many of which have been successfully working hard for decades. There is no need for paperwork, memorandums of agreements, constitutions and the like, just friendship.

The Franschhoek Symposium in April 2013 (see link below) started the process. We hope it will continue when Centre for the Book hosts the next informal gathering in November and then beyond that ….

Organizations represented were:

Bookchat –
Centre for the Book –
Nal’ibali –
Biblionef –
BookMark – (no website)

For more information:


We have been given every encouragement and a great deal of practical help by Rotary in different contexts, most notably by:

• Rotary Cape of Good Hope
• Rotary Skelleftea

CBN is now part of the Rotary Literacy Project in the Western Cape.

CBN (Sweden)

We wouldn’t be as far forward without the help and above all energy of four Swedish librarians and a drama teacher who cheered from the sidelines as we got underway and then got on a plane and came over to roll up their sleeves. Many thanks to:

• Rose-Marie Lindfors
• Anna Holmström Degerman
• Gunilla Brink
• Synneva Byrkjeland
• Maria Nordenback

Again, no paperwork, but this tireless group have decided to be known as CBN (Swedish Branch).

Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project

We have already given one workshop at this venue in the Cederberg Mountains. More will follow during the second half of 2013 and into 2014. For more information on this project go to:

Clanwilliam Libraries and Municipality

Will be deeply involved in the upcoming Cederberg Stories project. For more information on the area go to:


Special thanks to Spanish storytellers Jose da Prada and Helena Cuesta, who have been long-term friends and supporters, and to their friends and supporters in Spain who sponsored one of their tellings.

Performance poet CrocE had the Red Hill children spellbound with his writing workshop.

Mikhail Hendricks, schoolboy essay prizewinner came form Mitchells Plain to inspire our Red Hill workshop participants

Andrea Dondolo and Thandi Witbooi of Women Unite who performed for us at the Swedish Red hill workshop


Drummers form Senegal – Kabbo and Basse – have enlivened the Red Hill workshops with their wonderful sound.
The Choir of the University of Cape Town worked with children in Clanwilliam on music based on stories from the area.
Violinist Anele Mhlahlo is now a member of our board as well as working closely with us in workshops and planning.
Croc E Moses poet and musician is an integral part of our workshop activities


Tamaryn Sutherland deserves special mention as the person who flew into action on the first Red Hill project in June 2012. We wish her well in her new life in Germany.

Rosemary Bangham is used to frantic, last minute requests for design work and helping at workshops. She now works for us on an horly part-time basis.

Rose Bundock is assisting with CBN involvement in the new Red Hill Library, including writing reports and social media.

Website designers
D6 in the person of Mark Parsons gave us invaluable help in strategising what the website could do and would look like.

Final web design Snowball Effect
Ran with the ball and designed for us what you see on your screen. It was a pleasure working with them and we are delighted with the end product.

Our logo was designed by John Thwaits after a suggestion by Gcina Mhlophe, and much of our other design work was achieved by Rosemary Bangham.

Melinda Borbeley took the amazing red Hill photographs at our first workshop and gave us enormous help and encouragement with the photo essay by the participants
Niel Rusch has taken film and stills at workshops that will be incorporated into all aspects f the website

Red Hill
Asakhe Bakajana, and her colleague Buyiswa Ponti work with the children in the library and a story group. Community liaison was through Liz Danks (see Champions in this section)

Simon’s Town
Many thanks to staff at Simon’s Town Library who have been the perfect hosts for workshops with children from Red Hill

Stellenbosch University
Marguerite Macrobert handled arrangements for CBN visits and a lecture within Stellenbosch University and Henriette Loubser of the Education Faculty library and Renee Nathanson, Education Faculty lecturer and literacy activist joined our round table discussions.

We are grateful to Clanwilliam Library for assistance in community relations and communicating with the children, particularly the Senior librarian for Clanwilliam, Natalie Leens, who has been endlessly supportive and Lizel van Reenen, Children’s Librarian.

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