300 Umsinsi Press published Books Donated to 6 ILembe District Primary

Mr Senzo Lushaba (circuit manager), Felicity Keats and Ayanda Mazibuko-Hlabisa 300 Umsinsi Press published Books Donated to 6 ILembe District Primary Schools by Dancing Pencils:On ... Continue Reading →

“We have successfully trained 90 children from 6 schools in Ilembe district”.

Educators and learners from Dalibo and Noordsberg Primary Schools, Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project mentors Mrs Veena Gangaram and Ayanda Hlabisa Mazibuko at Dalibo (Bhamshela ... Continue Reading →

Rabia Launched Her 1st Book

Detlev Ayanda and I, representing Dancing Pencils and UmSinsi Press, attended Rabia Khan’s great and interesting launch of her book, Truro Nurses – a Community Calling. Rabia ... Continue Reading →

Dancing Pencils Retired Educators Refresher Course

Vera Castleman with Patricia Devenish during Right Brain refresher courese ran by Felicity Keats. Dancing Pencils Directors, who are all qualified teachers, brush up on their ... Continue Reading →

Futhi Ndlovu and colleague visited Dancing Pencils

Futhi Ndlovu, Felicity Keats-Morrison, Futhi’s colleague. Back: Vera Castleman, Veena Gangaram. We really had a marvellous morning when Futhi Ndlovu and a colleague visited ... Continue Reading →

Gcinamasiko Heritage Party

Dancing Pencils was happy to be invited to Gcina Mhlophe’s 2020 birthday celebration. Dr Gcina Mhlophe speech on her birthday celebration- 24 October 2020 The ‘Nozincwadi’ ... Continue Reading →

Young Lance (10) keeps Writing During Lockdown

Young Lance Martegoutte who is 10 years old has written a series of 13 stories that will be in an anthology called The Legend of Mr Owl. Here he is with his stories and with his mother ... Continue Reading →

Road To Nowhere

We also produced with success, Nicola Rhys book that saw the birth of the second edition of her book Road to Nowhere. We also did a video interview of her which will be on YouTube ... Continue Reading →

Our 16th Birthday Was Celebrated In Peace!

Enjoying lunch board members , authors and and friends of the organisation. Enjoying lunch board members , authors and and friends of the organisation. Buyani Mhlongo and Detlev ... Continue Reading →

Annual Clubs Book Launch Beyond Books!

Mrs Thobela Ngidi, Ethekwini Municipality Libraries, Parks and Heritage manager speaking at the launch, BAT Centre, September, 2019. We are hoping for the Best in 2021! Here ... Continue Reading →

Michelle Kemp Reads 1st of Her 5 ‘Funny Farm Series’

We are so proud! Congrats to Michelle 2020 videos! 2021 awaits more of those juicy stories. Michelle Kemp authored “Funny Farm Adventures”. A collection series of 5 ... Continue Reading →

Dr Kelisha Sharing Her Writing Journey

We are so proud of all our authors young and old. Dr. Keli was also featured on 2020 videos, her YouTube link is featured at the end of this article. In 2021 again, week ... Continue Reading →

uMzinyathi District Anthologies

We’ve done something new regarding publishing in 2020. We managed to put a number of published stories into anthologies. In Pomoroy we had Mr Dumisani Nyondo as Master ... Continue Reading →

YouTube Moment with Young Writer

We looking forward to more positive stories this year 2021. Bellow, recap on our 2020 videos. We had fun on Saturday interviewing our young author Ciara Valentine masked as a cat ... Continue Reading →

The Periram’s YouTube Time

Our YouTube videos were absolutely amazing last year, we are looking forward to more integrated ones this year. Kajol and Saskia Periram with Felicity Keats-Morrison. Umsinsi Press/Dancing ... Continue Reading →

THE DURBAN FOUR HUNDRED LAUNCH THRIVED

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Yashodani Pillay now living in Edmonton Canada

Our founder, Mrs Felicity Keats is truly honored to have spent a lot of her life working with children. They do grow up and are such a blessing! Dr. Yashodani Pillay now living in ... Continue Reading →

Felicity’s Lock Down Right Brain Workshops

It has been a long tough time for the entire world in a past couple of months. Even though here in South Africa we have gradually moved to level 1 but concerns remain on how to Protect, ... Continue Reading →

uMsinsi Press Made A Donation of Library Books During Ayanda’s Birthday

In line with Ayanda SpiceZito Mazibuko Hlabisa’s birthday celebration, uMsinsi Press has made a donation of library books to The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days Saints: ... Continue Reading →

Doctor (27) Launched His 2nd Edition Book after 18 Years

Dr Bonga Zulu : Astonishing! This young medical doctor, mentored by Veena Gangaram when she was teacher at Parkvalle Primary, found the little book he wrote when 8 years old, in ... Continue Reading →

Tleleng Hlahane’s Book Launch Thrived

Tlaleng Hlahane book launch was set in Life Grand Cafe, Life Grand Cafe in Johannesburg, RSA. She has worked as a professional nurse in Saudi Arabia for a couple of years before coming ... Continue Reading →

UmSinsi Press was Part of KZN Arts & Culture Literature Exhibition 2019

  The United Nations officially designated 2019 as the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages “Our Head of Department Mr Ntokozo Chonco has just officially opened ... Continue Reading →

UmSinsi Press Launch Teeth Book In JHB

Our author is all the way from Saudi Arabia with her beautiful smile. Thlaleng is launching her Umsinsi Press published book, Treasures in my Mouth, on 30 November in Johannesburg ... Continue Reading →

Univen’s Peter John Taylor publishes children’s book

Soutpansberg resident Peter John Taylor has established himself not only as a respected academic, but now also as a published author with the release of his children’s book entitled Elijah ... Continue Reading →

Overcoming Literacy Dilemmas Through The Provision of ‘Spoken Word’

Ayanda Hlabisa recorded with success today at the Tab Aids for the Blind, KZN Head Offices. Recording the 20 IsiZulu stories by 6 to 8 year old pupils from Ugu District. This project ... Continue Reading →

The Right Brain Maestro Strikes Again

A 2011 winner of the Ethekwini living legends award and founder of The Dancing Pencils and its associated organization Umsinsi Press is back at it again with her latest novel A piece ... Continue Reading →

Retired Mentor Back To Help Again

Some years ago Mrs Veena Gangaram won second award in a national teachers award. She also ran a 100 strong Dancing Pencils Writing Club at Parkvale primary before her retirement. Now ... Continue Reading →

We Are Ready for 2019 Book Launch

All our new books printed. Tomorrow we launch them in the restaurant at the BAT centre. We are honored that clubs come from so far afield as Ingwavuma, Estcourt, Hluhluwe and Ugu on ... Continue Reading →

Clubs Ready for Annual Launch

This is Drankensview Primary School from Estcourt, KZN. The school has a Dancing Pencils Writing Club. They are ready for the 2019 Clubs Annual Book Launch. This is taking place on ... Continue Reading →

So Many Books

The Save the Children’s kid authors and their anthology cover. These learners goes to Khakhama C.P School in Dudu. This publishing journey has been fun. Of course it has been ... Continue Reading →

The KwaMaphumulo Circuit Spelling Bee 2019

The KwaMaphumulo Circuit Spelling Bee Competition. The KwaMaphumulo Circuit Spelling Bee Competition. @CiaraValentine (Guest Speaker) @ZaraValentine (Mother) @AyandaHlabisa (Dancing ... Continue Reading →

Meeting Local Libraries to Enhance RSA Literacy

Yesterday (04 June 2019) Mr. Ayanda Hlabisa (Our Publicist) and Ms. Felicity Keats (Our founder) met with Ms. Thobela Ngidi (Manager of Ethekwini Municipal Libraries & Heritage) ... Continue Reading →

2019 Right Brain Trained Mentor Changing Lives

Our very own 2019 Right Brain trained mentor from JHB, Gauteng province is adding value #LiteracyDevelopment. During her Right Brain Workshop with Felicity Keats Priya Bisunder who ... Continue Reading →

Sogidi Celebrates World Water Month 2019

Sogidi Celebrates World Water Month 2019 The Dancing Pencils team of three, Felicity Keats (Founder), Ayanda Hlabisa (Publicist) as well as Makhosi Sifiso Thembani attended a World ... Continue Reading →

Ciara Valentine (11) Author of Two Books

Her name is Ciara Valentine. She is 10 years old. She is the author of two beautiful right brain creative written books.  At her school they were complaining about her writing ... Continue Reading →

Dancing Pencils Partnered With Ukhozi FM

We are humble to have partnered with one of the African continent  leading radio station and which is an SABC radio station so to mention a few.   About Ukhozi ... Continue Reading →

“Four Year Old Child, Getting A Right Brain Training Today Afternoon-Davenport”

She is 4. Last year when she was 3 she had a right brain lesson This is “Princess.” Not her real name but she behaves like a princess. She is our printer’s (Rapid ... Continue Reading →

Dancing Pencils Reaching All Over RSA-Through It’s Right Brain Trained Mentors

Princess Ngcobo, educator for KwaMyeza Combined Primary school in Hammmarsdale, Mpumalanga township. Princess in Hammarsdale did three hours of writing to train as a mentor.She will ... Continue Reading →

Ingwavuma 5th Right Brain Workshop

Now that our annual book launches are safely and successfully behind us, our next venture been a three day trip to INgwavuma, which is also now behind us and was a huge success.  This ... Continue Reading →

MEDIA STATEMENT-August 2017

Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project A group that helps people write and publish books, The Dancing Pencils Writing Club, has encouraged people especially in rural areas and ... Continue Reading →

Gcina Mhlophe Opens 2017 Book Launch

It is so important to have the RIGHT people to open our Dancing Pencils Book Launches on the 8th and 9th of September.  (The photograph shows Gcina speaking at our launch in 2015).   We ... Continue Reading →

Isulubasha Dancing Pencils Writing Club (Nkandla) visited Dancing Pencils today!

After a rift of a number of years, the ISulabasha Dancing Pencils Writing Club is back publishing with UmSinsi Press.  This morning, 3 of the club mentors again came from Nkandla ... Continue Reading →

Sponsor 2017 Book Launch, Delight Rural KIDS

This is the Left Foot First Dance company from the Open Air School in Durban. They entertained us at our Annual Dancing Pencils Book Launch at the BAT Centre last year. We are hoping ... Continue Reading →

Help Rural Kids-Annual Book Launch 2017

Dancing Pencils founder Felicity Keats (Living Legend Award Recipient-2011 by EThekwini Municipality) family has begun this fund raising campaign by donating to it. You will make rural ... Continue Reading →

Dancing Pencils hopes for Big 5 Hlabisa Local Municipality to Establish Writing Clubs- Could Help Literacy Development.

We are very proud of Ayanda Hlabisa, our publicist, who attended a Big 5 Hluhluwe and Hlabisa Youth Summit in Hluhluwe, 14 to 16 of July 2017 at the Protea Hotel. He successfully promoted ... Continue Reading →

Belief is so important: Felicity Keats Morrison of Dancing Pencils

Belief is so important. In less than two months, we hold our annual Dancing Pencils Book Launches. This year they take place over two days. We have the BAT centre hall booked, and ... Continue Reading →

Deda Primary School Anthology Submitted before 2017 Deadline

Deda primary learner during 2017 Right Brain Training Mr E.G Dlamini assist his learner get the crayons on day two of Ilembe 2017 Right Brain Training Educators are also trained as ... Continue Reading →

Ingwavuma got Right Brain Training-2017

Dancing Pencils , Right Brain Training-2017  Dancing Pencils host its 2nd Right Brain Mentor-ship Training for two schools (two day training) 1st day, teachers are trained ... Continue Reading →

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com. The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed ... Continue Reading →

The Thoughts Dancing Pencils Writing Club, Gauteng

The Thoughts Dancing Pencils Writing Club in Gauteng has four Mentors to assist it.  They are Azwitamisi Mavhungu  Molatelo Molemi. Moses Mutshatshi and the main mentor, Tshilitzi ... Continue Reading →

Dancing Pencils visits Ingwavuma District

For the fourth year in a row, Felicity Keats and Detlev Diegel of Dancing Pencils have visited the remote rural area of Ingwavuma on the Swazi border. This visit is sponsored by the ... Continue Reading →

Sogidi Primary from Ilembe – Right Brain Instruction

20  learners, the Principal Ms Nokuthula Sibisi, the HOD and mentor, Miss Joyce Myeni and the chairperson of the parents association visited Felicity at her home, Tanglewood, for ... Continue Reading →

Ngongyane Primary Book Launch, Pomeroy

Ngongyane Primary School, in the district of Msinga and past Pomeroy, were present for the fourth time at the annual Dancing Pencils Book Launch. The mentor is Sizwe Sithole, and ... Continue Reading →

Seven Books From Six UmSinsi Authors (Picture Of Authors And Myself)

Six umSinsi authors  and umSinsi Press hosted a book launch in Hall 1 at the SABC Head Office on Saturday 13th December 2014. Each of the authors invited approximately 10 guests, making ... Continue Reading →

Mr Mbili Opening Umsinsi Press Book Launch

Mr Mbili Opening Umsinsi Press Book Launch Continue Reading →

Patsy Pillay From New Beginnings (Picture Of Patsy With 3 Teachers)

New Beginnings is an Early Childhood Development is an academy for training of practitioners that has been in existence for 23 years. Patsy Pillay, their Director, was proud to launch ... Continue Reading →

Philani Nzuza launches “Awkward Journey to Success.”

This highly inspirational novel  is about a small boy whose father deserts them. The mother, a domestic worker, has to care for her three children on her very small wages.  But the ... Continue Reading →

At The UmSinsi Launch Of New Books That Took Place In Durban In Hall 1 At The SABC Head Office On December 13th

Thembinkosi  R. Ngcobo launched his novel written in isiZulu. It is entitled Ngingo KaMdali. Translated, this means “I belong  to God,” and it concerns factions that are fighting ... Continue Reading →

Vera Alexander Launching Her New Novel In English

Vera Alexander with her new adult novel in English. Continue Reading →

Sibongile Ndabandaba Launching Her Books

Next was Sibongile Ndabandaba (Photographed at the Umsinsi stand with Ndiphile Gule) with two books. One is a motivational book entitled “Thoughts vs Pages.” The second ... Continue Reading →

Phindile Madge Dube Was The First UmSinsi Author To Launch Her Play Called Lixhoshwa Libhekile.

Phindile Madge Dube was the first UmSinsi author to launch her play called Lixhoshwa Libhekile.   Continue Reading →

Philani Emmanual Ndudzo Was Invited by Hlengiwe Ngcongo of Arts And Culutre

Felicity was extremely happy and proud when Philani Emmanual Nzuza visited the Dancing Pencils stand. He is shown in the picture with Hlengiwe Ngcongo, Assistant Manager, Language Department, ... Continue Reading →

Felicity Keats Morrison Achieves Excellence Award

The Correctional Services, Durban Management Area, honoured Felicity Keats Morrison by putting her forward as a Dancing Pencils’ nominee for their Excellence Awards (together with ... Continue Reading →

The Club Members Were Interviewed On A Youth Programme Called Teen Zone On Ligwalagwala FM

The club members were interviewed on a youth programme called Teen Zone on Ligwalagwala FM (the number one radio station in Mpumalanga) about the club’s newly published book titled ... Continue Reading →

Mabusi Kgwete teaches Ndiphile Gule

Ndiphile Gule of Dancing Pencils and UmSinsi Press is happy to have training from Mabusi Kgwete on updating the dancingpencils.co.za website. In the photograph the are recording the ... Continue Reading →

Woman to Woman Writers Moments

It all began with the Book Transpoter, and ended up in high spirit between two South African authors, Felicity Keats and Barba Strydom. Barbara met the book transporter, and within ... Continue Reading →

NOVEL WRITING USING RIGHT BRAIN TECHNIQUES BOOKINGS OPEN!

Limited Seats for 17th July 2021, Book Your NOW!! Book your seat NOW!! In this course, participants will learn to unlock their creative side of the brain, the right brain hemisphere ... Continue Reading →

Philani Nzuza on Inanda 88.4 FM

Philani Nzuza with Inanda FM breakfast show presenter. This is good news from Philani Nzuza! He’ll be talking about his book on Wednesday (7 April 2021) on INANDA FM @ 7:45 am Holding ... Continue Reading →

Michelle kemp Interview

Michelle Kemp during her interview for Dancing Pencils lotto funded documentary in JHB on the 13th of April 2021. On set, Michelle answers questions and shares her writing journey Mthokozisi ... Continue Reading →

The Magubane’s Interview

Mr Khulekani Magubane during interview in Escourt, KZN on the 6th of April 2021. We are very grateful to have film maker Mthoko Lembethe and his cameraman Malibongwe interviewing ... Continue Reading →