Pop-up expo inspires young writers

2018-03-27 06:01
The Cape Town Museum of Childhood launched their short story writing competition and pop-up exhibition at Athlone Library last week.

The Cape Town Museum of Childhood launched their short story writing competition and pop-up exhibition at Athlone Library last week.

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In celebration of Library Week, the Cape Town Museum of Childhood launched their short story writing competition and pop-up exhibition at Athlone Library on Tuesday.

Guest speakers at the event included the Athlone ward councillor, Rashid Adams, inspirational young author Amr Sallie (12) and Athlone-born poet David Kapp.

The Cape Town Museum of Childhood, which is a project of the Centre for Early Childhood Development, provides an institution for the heritage, documentation, memory, oral history, research and interpretation of childhood. The museum will house a national collection of childhood-related exhibitions and aims to capture the heritage of childhood and the role that children play in society.

Role players and stakeholders in the community such as school teachers, their learners and representatives of NGOs within the community were also in attendance.

The aim of the programme is to encourage people to visit libraries and view them as vital resources within communities, as well as to encourage a culture of story writing by giving children and youth a platform to express their creative abilities.

“We would like to encourage people to visit Athlone Library to view our pop-up exhibition entitled ‘This is me’ which showcases stories written by South African children about a day in their life. We also want to encourage children and youth to enter our story writing competition and stand a chance to win exciting prizes!” says Chanel Fredericks, programme manager at the Cape Town Museum of Childhood.

All the materials, including the blank booklets and stationery, are available at the library. Young authors should place their completed stories in the box at the library. V Visit www.museumofchildhood­.­org.za.

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