The Lit District celebrates Johannesburg’s book culture, past and present. We bring together the City Library, booksellers and readers in our area while working to make it a safe, walkable neighbourhood.
"Just a book by itself, if it has the right messages in it, can change a whole human being. It can remake a person."
- Miriam Tlali
Management And trustees
Griffin Shea, Founder
Griffin Shea owns Bridge Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Johannesburg. He also founded the African Book Trust. Before opening Bridge Books, Griffin worked as a journalist for 15 years, mostly with the international news agency AFP. He is currently working on a PhD in Publishing Studies at Wits.
Harry Ntombela has over 17 years of experience in the financial services sector. He joined the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) in 2016 and currently a Partnerships and Communications Head for the program. Beyond his work at YALI, he is passionate about reading and making South African books as widely available as possible.
Dr Gillian Godsell is a retired academic who has lived all her life in Johannesburg and has a deep love for the city. She has served on and chaired a variety of non-profit boards, ranging from Industrial Psychology to Entrepreneurship to Education. She currently chairs the Council of Education, a small grant-making body started in Paul Kruger’s day. She has three daughters living in Johannesburg, and is active in her local church. Her favourite occupation is reading to her two grandchildren.
Lorraine Sithole who is an influential figure in South Africa's literary space. She is the founder of the BookWorms Book Club based in Gauteng. Lorraine is also a writer and a publisher, one of her recent writing projects includes her contribution in Niq Mhlongo's Black Tax which was published in 2019.Untimely Beginnings is her latest publishing project which is a collection of 17 real-life stories of widowed women who open up about their incredible loss while attempting to piece their lives together after the loss of their spouses.
Our steering committee also includes:
A passionate inner city resident and an avid reader, Josine is excited to see these two loves come together in the Johannesburg Literary District! Being present to the dynamics of the city inspired her to found Flying Cows of Jozi, a company aimed at giving wings to the passion & potential of digitally skilled young STEM teachers to play their valuable role in 21st century education. Josine also facilitates intimate walks in town to experience the diverse sights, sounds and special encounters that spell Jozi.
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support from our partners.
Advertising Brand Partnerships
Our advertising partners allow us to continue transforming our district into a safe and welcoming space. We’re always excited to partner with like-minded brands.
Contact us for street library or bookseller stand advertising inquiries
Hold An Event
The Joburg Literary District is a hub of cultured activity. It’s. the perfect place to hold events such as book launches, walking tours, and more.
If you’d like to have an event in the LitDistrict, we can assist with connecting you to the right person to help you. Contact us below to find out more.