Just a quick update on the outcome of the submissions to the #WritingMyCity project.
To recap: Cape Town Libraries, in conjunction with the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, launched the project earlier this year to encourage Capetonians to write stories and poetry about the city they live in.
The initiative was aimed at giving Capetonians, from a broad range of backgrounds, the opportunity to tell their stories to a wider world, and for more local community stories to be told and shared. By doing this there is an opportunity to celebrate and deepen the understanding of who and what makes Cape Town the city it is, and build better social cohesion.
You may remember that I volunteered to facilitate a series of workshops, leading a group of people to help them produce their own unique submission. Things didn’t entirely go to plan but in the end we did tell our stories and we did submit to the project.
My hope was that at least one of the ladies’ stories might be accepted. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Perhaps their stories were just a bit too gritty. But it was an interesting journey for us all, and I hope that one or two of them will continue to write and get that release and enjoyment from doing so.
The names of those who have been selected suggest that a range of different voices will be published, including the immigrant English woman who wrote a little piece from the point of view of a child from the township.
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👏👏👏 congratulations, am going out on a limb and assume that was you selected? Right?
Great job on volunteering. It is never easy bringing together a group of individuals.
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Thanks Joseph. Yes, I was that woman! I’ve gained a lot of satisfaction from some of the volunteer work I’ve done over the years and I’ve met some wonderful people. It’s all about the people. Some even find their way into my stories.
Congratulations to you, Chris! At least there is still a variety of voices to experience in the collection! What if you self-publish the submissions of those in your workshops?
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It’s something I have been considering. The stories are very, very personal. I have it in mind to get in touch with the group after the ‘Library Book’ is published and see if they would like me to do this.