Organisers of storytelling sessions have adopted a new format which will see writers from Blantyre and Lilongwe to performing together at the same time.
Previously, the sessions were for writers from the host cities, but with the new format writers from Lilongwe have a chance to showcase their skills in Blantyre and vice-versa. The inaugural event will be held this month in Blantyre.
One of the organisers, Ekari Mbvundula, said the new approach will help to create competition among participants and this will improve the quality of their products and create more opportunities for the artists.
She said: “A number of publishers have been expressing interest to publish our work and we are optimistic that this new approach will help some of our writers to publish with reputable publishers. It is our wish to have all quality work published.”
Mbvundula also acknowledged increased turnout during recent events, saying it means people are appreciating the power of storytelling.
“The passion and energy which has flowed from the writers has been unbelievable and that is reflected in the turnout. Our audience continues to grow,” she said.
The new approach will see each of the two participating regions featuring six writers per session.
Lilongwe-based writer Kondwani Munthali thanked the organisers for the sessions, saying it has helped them to create a network of writers and share literary ideas.
Meanwhile, the organisers have called for writers from the Blantyre and Lilongwe to submit their stories.
The most recent storytelling session was held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre and eight story tellers read out their work.
One of the major performances was by Muthi Nhlema, who presented a tribute to South Africa’s freedom fighter, Winnie Mandela, just days after her death.