The Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club (MTR&BC), founded by the wRite associates, is a Legacy Programme of the South African Literary Awards (SALA). The Club, named after the veteran author and activist, Ms Miriam Masoli Tlali, who is a recipient of the SALA’s 2005 Lifetime Achievement Literary Award, was established in her honour in June 2009 in order to profile, promote and explore the literary jewels that South Africa has.The Club has hosted literary giants with prolific talents like our National Poet Laureate, Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile, Novel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, Dr. Gomolemo Mokae, Prof.Pitika Ntuli, the late Professor Lewis Nkosi, Prof. Andries Oliphant, Ms Lauretta Ngcobo, Wangui wa Goro, a Kenyan writer and scholar, and many more. Its primary goal has always been to cultivate the reading and writing culture in the country.

How the programme works

The Club invites writers, readers and the general public to discuss books, literary topical issues and to take part in other interactive platforms to promote the culture of writing and reading. The Club also hosts literary talks, workshops and supports book launches. The sessions take place one Saturday a month from 14H00 – 16H30.

Who is Miriam Tlali?

Miriam Tlali is a scholar, novelist, short story writer and activist. She has written many novels and short stories, including Between the Two Worlds, Amandla, Footprints in the Quag, and Mihloti, a collection of short stories and essays. Miriam has also written a play, Crimen Injuria. She has received many awards internationally and domestically, including the inaugural S.A Literary Awards’ category of Lifetime Achievement Literary Award in 2005 and the Presidential Award Ikhamanga Silver in 2008.

Tlali has eloquently spoken and written of numerous difficulties facing black women writers in South Africa. Her own life has been a determined struggle to fulfill what she sees as her role as a writer, “to conscientise the masses…”

Members’ structure

The members of the Club comprise young and old people, published and unpublished writers, poets, artists and people who are generally interested in South Africa’s reading and writing culture. The programme has also attracted non-South Africans who are literature lovers.The programme is free as there is no membership fee required at this stage.

Programme presentation

The programme varies with each session. Topics that have been covered thus far have been relevant and the programme participants range from veterans to newcomers, old, young, male and female. The programme history is attached below.

Book Exhibitions and sales

Book exhibitions of participants and other literary work are always featured at the Club sessions.

Kiddies’ and Teens’ programmes

This is one of the milestones of the Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club. The programme was launched in April 2010. We are pleased to announce that the response has gradually shown significant growth and appreciation.

The kiddies’ programme accommodates 2 -12 year olds, whilst the teens’ programme accommodates 13 – 18 year olds.

Kiddies programme support structure

In delivering this programme, the wRite associates is working with the following professionals:- Marcia Tladi, a poet and author
– Thembi Mkhizwane, a librarian and storyteller
– Toto Mubenga, a poet and author
– Maserame Madingwane, a poet and kiddies’ author
– Solane Mlambo, a poet and author

Programme History

2013 Sessions

Date Discussants Facilitators Theme
16th March 2013 McIntosh Polela Siphiwo Mahala Book discussion:

Book title: My Father My Monster

4th May 2013 Profs Nhlanhla Maake, Pitika Ntuli and Sello  Maake ka Ncube and Motshabi Tyelele Sindiswa Seakhoa Discussion on Rape, Women and Children Abuse in South Africa

Theme: Freedom In Our Lifetime: Fighting Rape With Words


2012 Sessions

Date Discussants Facilitators Theme
25th February 2012 Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club’s 2012 Imbizo Sindiswa Seakhoa


Lerato Tseu

2011 Club Report and charting a way forward.


Kiddies session: Social day

24th March 2012 Winston Mohapi




Raks Seakhoa


Pride Mthethwa


Toto Mubenga

Reading and discussion of Lehlaba la Lephako by TWD Mohapi

Kiddies session:

Teens session:
Poetry reading & performances

21st April 2012 Jessica Mbangeni
Masoja Msiza

Pumeza Macingwane

Portia Mahange




Solane Mlambo

Poetry Post the Liberation Struggle (What are we writing?)

Kiddies session:

Teens session:


26th May 2012 Tshepo Maseko
Lesego Motsepe
Nthabi Nofemele
Pumeza Macingwane
Simphiwi Mini


Moemisi Motsepe




Thembi Mkhizwane



Precious Masuku

The Leader South Africa Never Had



Kiddies session:
Book Reading: Imbiza Ethethayo by Sydney Z. Zotwana

Teens session:
Book Reading: They Fought for Freedom

June 2012 No session in honour of the passing away of Ms Moleboheng Lehutso-Phooko, daughter to Ms Miriam Tlali
21st July 2012 Phillippa Yaa de Villiers Sindiswa Seakhoa


Lerato Sabata



Maserame Madingwane

The Everyday Wife by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers


Kiddies session:
Ha re bapaleng ka ditlhaku

Know Your History

27th August 2012 Nomboniso Gasa Rose Francis Leonardo Mulaja

Sindiswa Seakhoa


Toto Mubenga

Words by Women Today


Kiddies session:
Reading and Storytelling

Teens session:
Reading and Poetry

22nd September 2012 Yvonne Busisiwe Kgame Raks Seakhoa



Lerato Tseu


Mooketsi Lecholo

Infinite Grace, a miraculous awakening with author Yvonne Busisiwe Kgame

Kiddies session:
Reading and Storytelling

Teens session:

Reading & Poetry

29th October 2012 Nhlanhla Maake Mr. Raks Seakhoa



Lerato Tseu


Mooketsi Lecholo

BARBARISM IN HIGHER EDUCATION: Once upon a Time in a University

Kiddies session
Reading & Storytelling


Reading & Poetry

24th November 2012 Closing session at the Tsebe Community Library at 417 Ga-Tsebe in Pretoria Sindiswa Seakhoa Launch of the Tsebe Community Library