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We would love to rotate storytelling—Ekari Mbvundula

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Writer Ekari Mbvundula has said they would love to rotate the storytelling sessions and that they are working on a programme that works for them.

Mbvundula said this in an interview Thursday ahead of the first storytelling session at Story Club in Lilongwe Saturday.

“We have to see how much support we get at the Saturday (tomorrow’s) show and then make projections based on that. We took long to get to Lilongwe because of a lot of extra costs to consider, in terms of transport and other things,” Mbvundula said.

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She said, this time, they have been supported by many artists and service providers who believe in the project, and that is what made it possible for them to make the trip.

“But, in the end, it is really in the hands of Lilongwe patrons to determine how far we can afford to go,” Mbvundula said.

Storytelling sessions, which started on a low at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre in November last year, have gained ground.

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JCC has, so far, hosted three sessions. The third one was held on February 23.

Mbvundula and Wonawaka Gondwe are creators of the storytelling sessions.

About the capital city event, Mbvundula said they want Lilongwe to sample what they have been serving to Blantyre audiences.

“We will have writers from different styles and genres share their stories, with an opportunity to ask them questions and spark debate about the issues they wrote about. In between, there will be fun extras such as a book raffle draw, which saw two people winning in Blantyre,” she said.

The writer said the event would be a celebration of the essence of literature.

The writers that will star Saturday are Andrew Dakalira, Shivani Shetty, Marcel Mtambo, Yolanda, Ng’oma, Victoria Machilika and Isaac Mafuel.

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