Publisher turns to chapbooks

2019-10-10 06:00
Frank Nunan.            Photo:SUPPLIED

Frank Nunan. Photo:SUPPLIED

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WITH over 40 books in six years under his belt, well-known publisher, Frank Nunan’s repertoire turned a new and more compact page.

Venturing into new, and fewer, words, Nunan – founder and owner of Write-on Publishing in St Francis Bay – recently co-published three chapbooks under Write-on Chapbooks – a first for the passionate publisher.

The three chapbooks, a small book containing a collection of poetry or fiction or non-fiction stories and generally no more than 48 pages, are Rejected Treasure, Salty Words and The Road to my Destiny.

Why add chapbooks to his successful pu-blishing career?

“Internationally the chapbook concept is considered the perfect introduction to publishing for emerging or alternative writers and poets,” says Nunan. “The relatively low cost of production and printing of these ‘mini-books’, make them ideal for bringing local poetry and prose into print – highlighting local talent.

“My chapbooks platform is designed to assist these aspiring and first-time authors and poets to self-publish their work at an affordable price. The short format makes it far less daunting than the thought of needing to write 100 000 words or more to get published. When the young – or perhaps even not-so-young – author holds that first printed book in his or her hands, it brings a huge sense of achievement, and instils self-confidence and self-belief.”

According to Nunan, Rejected Treasure depicts the story of 12-year-old author, Olwami Shangase, who discovered at the young age of seven that the man she thought to be her fater, is her stepfather.

“It recounts her anger, her feelings of rejection and low self-worth, her depression, and finally, how her faith and the love of her mother, stepfather and brother brings her to forgiveness and redemption,” says Nunan.

“She now wants to inspire and counsel children in similar situations through her wri-ting, public speaking and her work as a mo-del.”

The second chapbook, Salty Words, is a collection of folk poetry in three languages – English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa – by 40-year-old mother of three Irene Sout.

The Road to my Destiny is a heart-wrenching story of familial rejection and ostracism by Avuyile Stuurman (19) who was given up by her mother at birth and raised in a hostile environment by her father’s family in a rural village near Komani.

For more information, contact Nunan at 061 485 5491 or

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Two lucky Kouga Express readers stand the chance to win a copy of the three chapbooks: Rejected Treasure, Salty Words and The Road to my Destiny.

To enter, visit the Kouga Express Facebook Page (Kouga Express), find the article, and leave your name and surname in the comment section. The competition ends at noon on Friday, October 25.


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