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It is time for the woman to tell her story, says Willie Zingani

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Veteran novelist, poet and playwright, Willie Zingani, said on Tuesday that women should come out and tell their stories.

Making a contribution at Blantyre Sports Club during a presentation by author and poet Alfred Msadala, organised by the Society of Malawi, Zingani said it was high time women published their stories.

His contribution came following an observation by one of the patrons that there were few published women authors on the ground.

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“It is now time for the woman to tell her story,” Zingani said.

He gave the example of veteran poet Jack Mapanje, who, he said, wrote his story while in detention but his wife has not published anything.

Zingani said he was happy that Pen Malawi recently brought some women together to share ideas on poetry and creative writing.

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Several players also made contributions on the issue where it was highlighted that women were not forthcoming to tell their stories.

However, Msadala said the situation was changing.

Msadala made a presentation on Malawian Literature in Retrospect.

Msadala, who is also Book Publishers Association of Malawi and Pen Malawi president, said he was happy to make a contribution on the history of literature in the country.

He said the presentation was all about tracing the time the country started publishing its books.

“I am happy with the interaction I had and I tried as much as possible to give the audience what I know about the history of literature,” Msadala said.

The columnist of Literary Talk in The Sunday Times, and author of A Ragged Portfolio of My Portrait, A Rumbling Journey Towards the Joys of Writing Memoirs, said it was important to tackle the topic for the patrons to know where the country is coming from, in terms of literature, and who did what.

He then said book development must be taken seriously in the country, observing that, without a book, there is no life.

Society of Malawi Chairperson, Carl Bruessow, said literature is, in any country, essential as it helps people become critical thinkers.

“Through literature, thinkers express themselves, in terms of how they view their country…,” Bruessow said.

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