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Saturdays 10.30am to 12pm

Join us every Saturday from 10.30am for our regular bilingual children's readings. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on what we will be reading every weekend! Kids of all ages are welcome.



Saturday, 5 August: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12 August: One-on-one meetings to be scheduled. 

Do you have a story to tell but aren’t sure how to tell it? Blogging might be the answer. Blogging is the world’s most flexible communication medium, allowing writers, photographers, travelers, cooks, and anyone else with a laptop to tell their story in whatever format they choose.

But while starting a blog might seem easy (to some), maintaining that blog and growing an audience is exceedingly difficult. Heather Mason’s “Mastering Blogging and Social Media” course will address both challenges, empowering participants to either start a new blog or strengthen/grow an existing blog.

Heather created her blog,, in 2010 and slowly grew it from a hobby into a full-time writing and photography career. Over the years, Heather has learned how to combine words and images to tell compelling online stories, as well as the best ways to use networking, social media, and great storytelling to grow a loyal and engaged audience for her blog.

In this course Heather will share all her secrets on how to create an interesting, engaging blog, and how to grow and maintain a blog long-term. The first day of the course will include a brief introduction on blogging and social media, extensive group discussion, and a downtown Joburg photowalk to a surprise location, complete with photography tips. The agenda also includes a guest speaker – Kate Els of and – who will share her substantial expertise in digital marketing, social media, and public relations.

On the second day of the course, Heather will hold a 45-minute, one-on-one consulting session with each course participant, providing in-depth advice and assistance in starting or improving a blog.

This course is designed to provide an interactive environment in which bloggers and aspiring bloggers at all levels can share ideas with both the course instructors and one another, leaving with concrete ideas and inspiration on how to jumpstart a new or existing blog.

The workshop will meet at 9am at Bridge Books, at 85 Commissioner Street, and is limited to 10 people, the first 10 who sign up.

"The day did exactly what the advertising said it would – I learned to blog! We created the structure and did the technical tasks and then got tips about how to write and how to include photographs. Heather’s style of mixing anecdotes with instructions really helped. I thoroughly recommend the workshop." - Roslyn Cassidy


About Heather

Heather is a writer, photographer and blogger based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved from Washington D.C. to Joburg in August 2010, abandoning her old life as an American suburbanite office-dweller for a new life as a migrant bohemian freelancer. Heather started a blog on a whim, naming it 2Summers because she experienced two summers in a row during the year that she switched hemispheres.

Seven years later, Heather has made Joburg her permanent home and blogging has become her career. She blogs mostly about quirky places in Joburg and revels in using a combination of words and pictures to showcase a vibrant, friendly side of this city that is often overlooked. Heather also blogs about her travels around South Africa and the rest of the world.

In her spare time Heather enjoys boxing, Instagramming, and eating copious quantities of samoosas. Follow her on Instagram (@2summers), Twitter (@2summers) and Facebook (



LOVE DOWNTOWN : Storytelling and movie

Friday 17th February

6pm to 11pm

After Valentine's Day, come show your love for downtown on Friday, 17 February with an evening of storytelling, and movie viewing.

It's not your normal Valentine's event for couples. Grab a friend, or bring a group, and come to our roof at Bridge Books for an evening of storytelling with Baeletsi Tsatsi. This incredibly talented storyteller will spin tales of modern life in Joburg that are funny, sincere and smart. This session is R50

When the stories wind down, we've got speed dating -- with books. R
eaders choose from books hidden in brown paper, with a pithy description on the tag.

Brass Bar on 85 will be open with an array of delectable love cocktails.

Click HERE for tickets. 




Monday (20 February) - Friday (24 February) 

Niq Mhlongo, author of the best-selling short story collection Affluenza, will spend five days at Bridge Books working with a small group of writers to perfect their own short stories.

Click HERE for details and to sign up



Thursday 1 March

Join Rita Kesselring for the launch of her book Bodies of Truth, an intimate account of how apartheid victims deal with the long-term effects of violence, focusing on the intertwined themes of embodiment, injury, victimhood, and memory.

Find out more here.



Thursday 2 MARCH

5.30pm for 6pm

Join us for Jacana Media's new series of Masterclasses for aspiring writers.

Joshua Maluleke, author of Entrepreneurship 101, will present the first Masterclass and share his insights on writing, business writing in particular.
R150 (includes a copy of the book)


Click HERE for details tickets