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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Organisers of storytelling sessions – Story Ink Africa— have revealed plans to host a Story Festival later this year in Lilongwe.

Writer and one of the founders, Ekari Mbvundula, said this on Saturday at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre during the first storytelling session this year running under the theme In My Feelings.

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“We are working on a Story Festival and it is all about bringing all writers together so that they could meet and connect. Again, this is a platform where writers will have a chance of linking up with publishers. We will host it in Lilongwe but more details will follow soon,” Mbvundula, said.

The storytelling session was attended by a good audience which enjoyed the readings of six new writers namely Perfect Kashoti, Abdullah Juma, Barabara Nyirongo, Joyce Nyirongo, Lusayo Mulaga and Innocent Mangulama.

There was also a one-woman act featuring Constance Thyangathyanga.

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This is the second year running for storytelling sessions which originated in Blantyre before extending to Lilongwe.

Mbvundula said they were excited to be back this year.

“Everyone was refreshed. It was a platform where we had new writers. Their stories were good and entertaining,” she said.

Unlike in their previous outings, which concentrated on storytelling, the organisers have brought in a new concept, which incorporates other art disciplines.

“We are trying to be creative to look at other forms of storytelling. This is because we have writers who are also musicians, actors, actresses and other art players. For instance, theatre is a very powerful form of storytelling; so, we want to incorporate this,” Mbvundula, said.

She said on February 23 2019, the storytelling session goes to Lilongwe where a special guest would be Zathu Band, who will be offering a brand new single.

Some of the writers set to perform at the storytelling session in Lilongwe are Mozesi Makwawa, Tamandani Kanjaye, Mphatso Kwambisi, Beatus Msamange, Sheila Goliati and Shivani Shetty.

“We are growing as Story Ink Africa and we are thankful to Hivos for funding. They saw potential in us,” she said.

Mulaga said it was very exhilarating for her to read at the event for the first time.

“It was all about presenting my story to the audience and I enjoyed it,” Mulaga said.

She read her story titled Pursuing your Passion which zeroes in on a person who ignores great advice and ends up experiencing some consequences.

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