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FIONA KHAN’S NEW BOOKS (article first published : 2002-04-20)

To celebrate World Book Day Washesha Publications in association with Adams Campus Bookshop and the School of Nursing , University of Natal, Durban, will launch three new books by Durban author Fiona Khan this week.

Described as an author, poet, scriptwriter, community worker, Aids-activist-educator-facilitator and a motivational speaker, Fiona Khan published her first book I Am What I Am in 1994. This won the SA Writers' Circle Quill award in 1995 and was translated into five languages.

Fiona Khan has received several nominations and awards for international poetry and prose writing. Two of her books, I am what I am and The Magic Calabash have been used for production as an animation for TV. Her poetry has been published in anthologies in Britain, America, South Africa and Australia and she's contributed to a children's short story collection Beneath the Baobab Tree published in Kenya.

The three new titles are Hi! I am HIV Positive, The Grasshopper who Couldn't Jump and The Magic Calabash. Each one is illustrated by a student from the Nanda Sooben College for Art, Animation and Design.

Illustrated by Vidya Amin, Hi! I am HIV Positive, tells the story of Thandeka. She is a young girl from Umzinto who learns to understand what it means to be HIV positive and how to cope with people's attitudes. This 20 page A4 book will be enjoyed by four to 12 year-olds , as well as their parents and educators. Teaching aids, in the form of charts and task cards, are also available.

The Grasshopper who Couldn't Jump, illustrated by Tyron Love, is a whimsical early reader describing the adventures of Hoppo the grasshopper who has to learn how to jump to keep himself alive .

The Magic Calabash contains illustrations by Carey Lee Farbach. It is a delightful story set in the bustling city life of Durban. Langa is a street orphan whose life is brightened by his friendship with a street peddler named Mkulu. Little does he realise that a magical trip inside a calabash is not only a gift but a lesson in life.




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