Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair delights lovers of literature

After weeks of anticipation, Joburg’s bibliophiles again headed to the Polofields Crossing Book Fair, following a very successful first iteration of this literary event earlier this year. The Spring Book Fair, which was held in support of HospiceWits, also heralded the introduction of some new events, adding another layer to the proceedings, which centred on selling second-hand books from HospiceWits shops.

The Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair took place from 24 to 26 September at the shopping centre in Midrand, and was the first to feature talks with local authors. Media personality Aki Anastasiou spoke to Luthando Dyasop and Janine Lazaru – the authors of Out of Quatro and Bait, respectively – about their latest literary releases, luring book lovers to The Codfather and The Potato Shed at Polofields Crossing on Saturday, 25 September. Both authors’ books draw on real-life events, and attendees of the talks (the proceeds of which went directly towards supporting the work that HospiceWits does) were blown away by their larger-than-life experiences.

Aside from literary-inspired menus and hundreds of pre-loved books on offer, this Book Fair also allowed aspiring authors to submit their own work for consideration in the very first Polofields Crossing Book Fair Writing Challenge, presented in association with the SA Writers College. Writers were tasked with writing between 250 and 300 words, drawing inspiration from items found at our HospiceWits shops. Lerato Mahlangu won the third prize for “The Keeper of Legends”, while Kiara Naidoo was the runner-up with her short story, titled “Conjoined”?. The judges chose Charlotte Manda’s “The Memories She Kept” as the winning story. All three winners walked away with cash prizes and vouchers from Polofields Crossing, SuperSpar Polofields and West Pack Lifestyle.

HospiceWits is grateful to Polofields Crossing and to all the shops at the centre that took part in the festivities by running their own special offers over the long weekend. Our heartfelt thanks also go to SuperSpar at Polofields, that donated the proceeds from boerewors roll sales over the weekend to HospiceWits. All in all, the Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair raised more than R40 000, which will definitely go a very long way in assisting the palliative care staff of HospiceWits to continue offering care and support to our patients in the community that we serve in and around Johannesburg.

Lastly, our warmest gratitude to everyone that attended the Book Fair – we can’t wait to welcome you back again for another celebration of the written word very soon!