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False Bay College students get inspired at Franschhoek Literary Festival with FunDza



For the second year running, False Bay College students were involved in the Reading for Enjoyment Campaign at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, as organised by FunDza.

Last year 15 eager students from the Fish Hoek Campus visited the FLF – the year that was increased to 30 students, and their lecturers, from both the Fish Hoek and Khayelitsha campuses.

Each student attended three sessions, with the group being involved in some riveting and thought-provoking talks.

FunDza has shared some details from some of the sessions, including feedback from students.

Read on, courtesy of FunDza:

The Magic of Story – Samantha Page chaired this session with storytellers Kapilolo Mahongo (Manyeka Arts Trust), Nancy Richards (Being a Woman in Cape Town), and Sindiwe Magona (Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle) about how writing and sharing our own stories reveals our true selves and brings us closer to others. An event that will inspire young storytellers.

The thing is we all tell stories through our daily lives, how we express ourselves, be it through the way we dress, music, art, drama etc, THIS IS OUR STORY. I am so inspired to tell my story through my photography. I always thought story telling was just through writing, but they made me realize that you can decide how you tell your story, what matters is that you tell your story and share it with others. – Gary Speelman

Just Imagine – With literary journalist Karabo Kgoleng in the chair, Bontle Senne (Powers of the Knife), Nakhane Touré (Piggy Boy’s Blues) and Rosie Rowell (Almost Grace) share how imagination frees the mind and lets in empathy, creativity and vision.

Vision. How it is applied during the creation of a writer’s “art” … It made me think about Animal Farm by George Orwell. In it he writes about pigs controlling the farmyard and horses etc and according to the writer the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. What if I was just a book about greedy pigs taking over a farm? To which I thought to myself … at what point during the creation of their “art” does an “artist” decide, “No … this will cause trouble … someone might interpret it wrong and cause harm to the universe … – Oscar