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Bumble Books has been nominated for the BOP - Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the year 2015

Bumble is the only South African Children’s Publisher of five selected from Africa.

Without its authors and illustrators there would not be a Bumble Books -

congratulations to them all!


R E L E A S E :  

E N D  M A R C H   2 0 1 5 

2 editions in Afrikaans and English

from Bumble Books 

pre-purchase now at the special pre-release price of R135.00 per copy

(RRP R149.00)

Bumble Books is committed to showcasing NEW South African illustrator-authors

to the international children’s book market.

N O W   A V A I L A B L E

Book launch at the African Art Centre, Durban,

in MARCH - dates to be confirmed

Purchase this remarkable book about 

the journey of a chair around the world 

and support The Woza Moya Crafters 

at the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, KwaZulu-Natal




I  N     D  E  V  E  L  O  P  M  E  N  T     F  O  R     2  0  1  5

Levaillant’s Legacy – A History of South African Ornithology

Roy Siegfried: a remarkable synthesis

of the history of the development of the study of birds in South Africa.


MARCH 2015 – print matters heritage

Clifford Mpai – a way of seeing  

with contributions from art historians, reviewers, and contemporary artists:

although his work features in many major South African public and

corporate art collections, Clifford Mpai (b1937) has received little national

exposure or public recognition. 

SEPTEMBER 2015 – print matters art & crafts

My Dear Eve – Letters from Camdeboo  - Volume 1 and 2

edited by Professor Paul Walters and illustrated by Lucy Stuart-Clark:

a collection of letters written by Sita Palmer to Eve Palmer about all aspects of a

farming family’s life in the Karoo. Many of the letters lay the groundwork

for the two books by EvePalmer about the farm.

More than 400 in number, the letters cover the years 1961 to 1993.

VOLUME 1 / SEPTEMBER 2015 – print matters heritage

VOLUME 2 / MARCH 2016 – print matters heritage

Life in Art – The Karen McKerron Gallery

edited by Robin Stuart-Clark with contributions from artists, reviewers:

the biography of a gallery that for almost twenty years hosted and nurtured the

work of an alphabet of South African painters, printmakers, ceramicists

and sculptors, most of whom are today well-known international artists.

Cover painting: Carl Becker – Dump Bacchanal (oil on canvas)

MARCH 2016 – print matters heritage

2015 Bumble Books Catalogue now available FREE in pdf format :

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Print Matters 2014/15 Catalogue is NOW AVAILABLE in pdf format - email:

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Publishing Print Matters publishes books on South African art, craft and heritage with a particular focus on those artists, craftspeople and individuals who have been overlooked yet made an impact on South African culture: they have stories to tell and vision to share that can empower our youth and restore pride in our collective heritage.


Publishing Print Matters also packages, markets and distributes books for other publishers as well as corporations, institutions, associations and individuals.

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