It turns out that when you’ve published a children’s book, the summer holidays become a very busy time! Here’s some of the events that we attended during August 2019.
We’ve been to Zimfest before as a family, and we’re pleased to report that it’s still a lot of fun to attend as a stallholder! This year the event was held at Colesdale Farm in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire on the 3rd of August 2019. The Mysterious Melody was a very popular item, and we met a lot of old and new friends, including Gemma Griffiths, who gave a brilliant performance on the main stage.
Thanks to the hosts and organisers for arranging such a well-organised festival, we hope to be back next year!
Africa Youth Arise 2019
SP K-Mushambi and Kudzai Gumbo, who illustrated The Mysterious Melody, were invited to host a session at in the Africa Youth Arise Residential workshop on the 10th and 11th of August. They spoke to the 70 young people who attended and shared their backgrounds and what drove their artistic side.
This event also marked the public debut of the Tirivhu board game, which you can see in the pictures, which was designed by SP K-Mushambi and Kudzai Gumbo. While the young people played the game they shared their ambitions and discussed the help and hindrances that they might encounter while trying to achieve those ambitions.. We will be putting more development into the game and will share more details with you as we progress.
Thanks to Rumbi Mukoyi and her team for inviting us to AYA 2019, it was a privilege to work with you and the young attendees.
Go Africa Cultural Festival
Finally, along with Danni Blechner of Conscious Dreams Publishing and a number of her other authors, we attended the Go Africa Cultural Festival in Islington on the 17th of August 2019.
All of the Conscious Dreams authors, including Danni and SP K-Mushambi, gave a speech about their books, their background and their passions. They also met the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Rakhia Ismail, who gave a passionate speech about the importance of teaching children about their cultural heritage and that of others.
We’ve got a lot more events lined up through September and October, keep an eye on our social media to keep up to date!