StAAf is working on three anthologies to be published in a range of languages, generating very large print runs and consequent economies of scale. It thus offers an ideal opportunity to look more widely at issues facing African language publishing for children – while also considering issues in pan-African cooperation.
A specially convened meeting at the University of Reading in March 2008 will bring together regional coordinators, as well as others active in writing, translating, publishing and distribution to explore:
- issues of sustainability and capacity building in relation to authors, illustrators, editors, marketing and distribution
- the extent to which these vary from one African context to another
- the reasons why there is so little pan-African collaboration in African language publishing.