By Sam Banda Jnr:
An anthology featuring stories from Malawi published by an organisation known as VoiceFlame will be read in United States of America (USA) today.
The book titled Anthology 2019: Stories of the Struggle for Education and Equality in Malawi was released recently.
VoiceFlame Executive Director, Mary Tuchscherer, who has been in the country on several occasions, said she decided to organise the book-reading event as part of reaching out to the people with the stories from women in Malawi.
The book reading will be held at a local bookstore, Flashlight Books and Tuchscherer is set to read some excerpts from the anthology with Sadie Lindoerfer.
“These courageous women and girls volunteered to tell their stories and share their poetry to raise local and global awareness around the pressing issue of providing education for females in Malawi,” Tuchscherer said.
She described the anthology as rich with truly inspiring and heartwarming collection.
“These remarkable stories are loaded with a rare mix of lively experiences in a patriarchal society, and show how women defied the odds to obtain an education. Each story is compelling, full of insights and will disturb you in the best way,” Nellipher Mchenga says on the cover of the book.
Tuchscherer said Sadie is her 10-year old granddaughter, who is set to read poems from the young girls’ segment.
“I am happy to be having this book-reading session where I will be reading excerpts from the essays,” she said.
Tuchscherer said with the anthology out, people have a chance to buy it on Amazon.
“I will actually be sending books to Malawi to distribute to young girls. It will probably be about four months before the books arrive in Malawi. I am currently exploring all the options for shipping the books,” she said.
Story Ink Creative Director, Ekari Mbvundula, describes the anthology as a collection of life stories that gives a voice to Malawian girls and women.
“It shows the candid stories of women using the written word to write a better future for themselves. They write not for your pity, but to show other girls in similar positions to keep focused on their goals despite restrictions,” Mbvundula said.
Through books VoiceFlame has published, women have spoken out, giving a voice to the voiceless but also digging deeper into issues that they face in the society.
The book that includes stories authored by 28 girls from Mtsiliza Primary School, Chigoneka Community Day Secondary School and Area 49-Gulliver SuperStarz Writing Club in Lilongwe, who attended the 2018 Voices for Change summer writing camp sponsored by VoiceFlame.
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