This weekend, the first ever Essence Festival on African soil is taking place at the Durban ICC.

Hosted by eThekwini Municipality, the festival includes a book and art fair titled “ARTiculate Africa” divided into two sections: “Knowledge” and “ART”. The “Knowledge” programme is curated by Tiny Mungwe who has run festivals such as Poetry Africa, Time of the Writer and Durban International Film Festival so Essence Festival Durban promises to be a beautiful experience.

We’re exhibiting our Black Letter Media goodies. Yay! *voshos*

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Our submissions period is open so if you have a completed manuscript, or in progress, feel free to find our founder, Duduzile Mabaso and pitch your book…

Find us at the PUBLISHER’S STAND IN HALL 4. Other publishers will also be there. So do pop in for a chat and get yourself our latest books.

Duduzile Mabaso will also be participating in the following events:

Date: Friday, 11th November 2016
Time: 09h00-10h00
Venue: ICC
Event info – Book PRO Seminar
Topic: Girls do it better – a round table with women who publish
Panelists: Thabiso Mahlape (Blackbird Books), Duduzile Mabaso (Black Letter Media)

Date: Friday, 11 November 2016
Time: 14h00 – 15h00
Venue: International Convention Centre
Event info
Topic: Pitching forum for participants of the Creative Writing Workshop
Details: Traditional pitch style, authors will have 7 minutes to present their works and publishers will have 7 minutes to respond.
Other Publishers: Black Letter Media, Jetty, UKZN, and Pan MacMillan


Essence Festival is “the party with a purpose”. This annual music festival was started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. ((