Story Bosso in­vites peo­ple to tell own sto­ries

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TYLER ROODT

SEPTEM­BER is Na­tional Lit­er­acy Month, and Nal’ibali, a na­tional “read­ing for en­joy­ment” cam­paign, will cel­e­brate as they al­ways do: with their trade­mark mul­ti­lin­gual sto­ry­telling event, Story Bosso.

The event, in its third year, will host mul­ti­ple sto­ry­telling events and per­for­mances across the coun­try.

Story Bosso is an open event and in­vites ev­ery­one, young and old, to join in telling sto­ries they grew up lis­ten­ing to, or maybe even im­pro­vis­ing and mak­ing up their own.

The cam­paign places a spe­cific fo­cus on tra­di­tional African folk tales, as they are part of our coun­try’s her­itage.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Nal’ibali Jade Ja­cob­sohn said: “Sto­ry­telling is a fore­run­ner for chil­dren’s lit­er­acy learn­ing, in all lan­guages, and forms part of our na­tional her­itage.”

In an ef­fort to keep these sto­ries alive, Nal’ibali have cre­ated a set of sto­ry­telling play­ing cards which fea­ture char­ac­ters and set­tings from African folk sto­ries, which will be given away at the var­i­ous com­mu­nity events, along with over 8 000 kids’ story books writ­ten by lo­cal au­thors.

Story Bosso isn’t just about sto­ry­telling, though. It’s also a con­test that lets peo­ple show­case their writ­ing skills.

If you fancy your­self a chil­dren’s writer, you could stand a chance of win­ning some awe­some prizes, in­clud­ing cash prizes, book vouch­ers, and air­time vouch­ers.

● For more in­for­ma­tion on Story Bosso, visit Nal’ibali’s web­site: www.nal­


Story Bosso is an open event and in­vites ev­ery­one to join in telling sto­ries.

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