Polofields Crossing and HospiceWits join forces for third Book Fair this May

The pen is mightier than the sword, states the old adage, and HospiceWits is proud to again join forces with the Polofields Crossing shopping centre to let the spotlight fall on the power of literature at the third Polofields Crossing Book Fair.

Held as a fundraising event for HospiceWits – all proceeds will be used to ensure HospiceWits is able to continue offering palliative care services in Johannesburg and Soweto – the winter edition of the Polofields Crossing Book Fair promises an offering that will warm the hearts of all Joburg’s book lovers.

Taking place from 27 to 29 May between 09:00 and 17:00, the location of this third Book Fair will change slightly, with the main book tent moving to the parking area close to PAUL Bakery and Restaurant at Polofields Crossing.

The winter fair also sees the addition of a book tent dedicated entirely to children’s literature. This expansion of the Book Fair aims to promote reading among perhaps the most important readers of all – the youth.

The kiddies’ book tent won’t just feature a large selection of books for children, but will also give avid little readers the opportunity to listen to young author and anti-bullying activist, Siyavuya Mabece. Mabece’s book Enough! Stop Bullying! addresses a problem that is still far too widespread among the children of our nation. She will be joined by Catherine Jarvis, whose young adult novel The Swim Team won a gold award when the Sanlam Prizes for Youth Literature were presented last year.

Young lovers of the written word are invited to join Mabece and Jarvis in the kiddies’ book tent at 10:00 on Saturday, 28 May, and browse through the selection of children’s literature in the tent between 09:00 and 17:00 on Saturday.

As always, HospiceWits welcomes book donations during the Polofields Crossing Book fair, but also invites book lovers to show their support by donating pre-loved books prior to the festival. Book collections will be done at SuperSpar at Polofields Crossing, SuperSpar Olivedale and Robindale SPAR, as well as at Curro Waterfall. Polofields Crossing and HospiceWits are grateful to the pupils of Curro School, who will also be volunteering their services at the Book Fair on Saturday, 28 May.  

If all the book hunting makes you hungry, don’t forget to indulge in boerie and prego rolls, hot beverages and pancakes, which will be sold by SuperSpar Polofields. Kismet Spices at Polofields Crossing will join in the fun with a display at the Book Fair, and will also be running a competition that lets attendees stand the chance to win great prizes, while adding to their book collection.

HospiceWits extends our heartfelt thanks to Polofields Crossing for again playing host to this popular event, which immeasurably contributes to our annual fundraising efforts. If you’ve always wanted to drop by and support the Polofields Crossing Book Fair, now is the time. After all, nothing takes the bite out of the winter cold like a good book. We look forward to seeing you there from 27 to 29 May!