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16 years waiting for his book

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Writer Ketson Kulunguja from Masambanjati in Thyolo last Friday told a gathering at Museum of Malawi in Blantyre during training for budding playwrights that he has waited for 16 years to have his book When Debts Pile Up published.

He said he has passion for writing and that he started the trade longtime ago but because he comes from a very remote area his chances of publishing his works have been limited.

Kulunguja said urban writers or rather artists have stories to tell the world but they are sidelined in different programmes let alone being given support.

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“We have talent in the rural areas but we lack resources and do not have the opportunities. I have waited for my book to be published for 16 years,” he said.

Kulunguja said he happy that finally his book When Debts Pile Up has been published by Montfort Media.

“I started writing this book in 2000 but has been published in 2017 so its 16 years waiting for it to be published,” he said.

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Kulunguja said he was excited to have been invited to participate in a budding play wrights workshop organised by Chancellor College Travelling Theatre with funding from Hivos through Cultural Fund Malawi.

“There is a wall between the rural and urban but now it seems the wall is now falling,” he said.

Kulunguja said many stories which have won awards worldwide are those set in the village and yet rural artists are sidelined.

“This is why I am asking this question to say why are we sidelined? Don’t rural masses have a story to tell the nation? There is need to promote rural talent,” he said.

Kulunguja said his story When Debts Pile Up is set in the village and that it has an educative story for Malawi, Africa and the world.

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