Arts group in­vites writ­ers

. . . Ba re e ne re to pro­duce an­thol­ogy of fic­tional sto­ries

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

CUL­TURAL move­ment, Ba re e ne re, has called on Ba­sotho writ­ers to con­trib­ute to an up­com­ing an­thol­ogy of fic­tional sto­ries.

Ac­cord­ing to Ba re e ne re Di­rec­tor Li­neo Se­goete, the an­thol­ogy is meant to fos­ter the devel­op­ment of lit­er­ary arts in the coun­try and would be pub­lished in both print and e-book edi­tions later this year. She said the sub­mis­sion of sto­ries be­gan on 1 May 2016 and would end on 30 June 2016, with writ­ers able to send up to three fic­tional sto­ries rang­ing from 1 000 to 5 000 words.

Se­goete said the an­thol­ogy was a plat­form for lo­cal writ­ers to tell their own sto­ries and sharpen skills.

“Our in­ten­tion with the an­thol­ogy is to show­case the wealth of Baso- tho sto­ries and en­cour­age those who have a tal­ent for writ­ing to take the chance and let their voices be heard,” she told the Week­ender this week.

“Not only will this an­thol­ogy ben­e­fit the writ­ers in their per­sonal devel­op­ment, it will en­able the telling of sto­ries about Le­sotho from the horses’ mouth.”

Se­goete said only writ­ers who are Le­sotho cit­i­zens or res­i­dents of more than three years were el­i­gi­ble to sub­mit their short sto­ries. She also stated that w

“The sto­ries may be in English or Se­sotho and should be the orig­i­nal works of the writer which have not been pub­lished be­fore.”

She said they had re­ceived a lot of sub­mis­sions since the en­tries were opened.

“The re­sponses so far have been en­cour­ag­ing, with some of the writ­ers sub­mit­ted the max­i­mum num­ber of three sto­ries,” said Se­goete.

“We even got an en­try from Kenya which, un­for­tu­nately, we had to turn down since the an­thol­ogy is only sup­posed to fea­ture Ba­sotho writ­ers.”

Ba re e ne re was founded in 2011 by Liepollo Ran­tekoa to ad­vance lit­er­ary arts in Le­sotho and con­nect Ba­sotho writ­ers and artists with those in the re­gion and around the world. Af­ter Ran­tekoa trag­i­cally passed away in 2012, her friends and fam­ily united to carry on her vi­sion.

BA re e ne re Di­rec­tor Li­neo Se­goete

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