Kingsmead Book Fair

Avid readers and Wordle lovers will have the chance to connect with the writers behind the words that change us at the 10th edition of the Kingsmead Book Fair (KBF), sponsored by Standard Bank Wealth and Investment.

“The Kingsmead Book Fair is a wonderful celebration of literature and learning and we are delighted to once again be sponsoring this dynamic and exciting event,” said Sanah Gumede, Head of SA Wealth and Investment at Standard. Bank.

Now in his 10’sand year, Kingsmead Book Fair has earned its reputation as an important event in the literary calendar over the past decade by featuring prominent local and international authors who discuss current book themes and genres with readers in interactive sessions .

This year’s event, to be held at Kingsmead College, Melrose, Johannesburg on May 21, will feature a series of thought-provoking lectures and debates for readers of all ages. The event program is carefully curated and includes an engaging program for children and teenagers that is growing in popularity every year.

The program includes interactive sessions that cover a variety of topics, held simultaneously in different locations throughout the school. The curriculum is comprehensive and varied and appeals to readers with a wide range of interests – from crafting romance, suspense and crime stories to writing cookbooks, memoirs, short stories and novels that have the potential to change the world.

In addition to allowing readers to meet some of the most important authors of our time, the Salon du livre is a great day out for the whole family. There is a range of activities for all to enjoy, with a bookshop, food and drink stalls, art exhibitions and more.

Young Authors Competition

The KBF is popular with book lovers and would-be writers who want to learn more about the authors’ writing process and what inspired their latest books. This year Kingsmead Book Fair is proud to launch the first KBF Young Writers Competition.

The competition aims to celebrate the talents of young writers across the country and is open to schoolchildren aged 6 to 18. Each entry must be an original work in English, submitted in the appropriate age category. All entries must be received by midnight, May 16, 2022. For more information, eager participants can visit

“Standard Bank encourages aspiring young writers to enter the KBF Young Writers competition as it will motivate them to continue developing their writing skills,” says Sanah Gumede. “The contest also offers young writers the chance to get noticed by the publishing industry and receive valuable feedback on their writing prowess.”

KBF book collection

The Kingsmead Book Fair is committed to promoting literacy and encouraging a love of learning. This year’s event will therefore also include a book drive. “We are asking everyone attending the Book Fair to bring any new or pre-loved books that they think can be donated to previously underprivileged schools,” Gumede said.

“As Africa’s leading wealth manager, giving back to the communities we serve is of paramount importance to us. We are grateful to be able to support projects and events like the Kingsmead Book Fair and the KBF Young Writers’ Competition, because it is initiatives like these that really make a difference, not just for today, but for generations. coming.

“Close collaboration with our clients is also essential for Standard Bank’s Wealth and Investment team,” says Stefan Viljoen, Head of Wealth Advisory, Trust and Fiduciary, SA. “Events like this give us the opportunity to meet our customers on a personal level beyond the banking world. The KBF covers many topics of interest to our customers, including art and heritage preservation, both of which are included in this year’s program in the form of discussions led by leading experts.

“This year, we look forward to broadening our minds by participating in the first live program since the lockdown for the past two years,” continues Gumede. “There are few things as energizing as digging deeper into your areas of interest, and Standard Bank is proud to be associated with this premier event.

To find out more about the Kingsmead Book Fair programme, visit

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