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STORYINK AFRICA

Themes: Politics, Social Justice, Art Practice, Community, Freedom of Expression,
Region: Southern Africa
Country: Malawi

STORYINK AFRICA

Monthly storytelling sessions are at the core of StoryInk Africa’s project, introducing contemporary Malawian fiction from aspiring writers to the people of Blantyre and Lilongwe, Malawi. Malawi has gone through decades of suppressed artistic and literary freedom, with many writers having been prosecuted and censored by an oppressive government that lost power in 1994. As a result, there was a decline in Malawian fiction writers and their readers, who lost the art of reading for enjoyment. The monthly storytelling sessions are intended to rectify this decline of interest in Malawian literature and to encourage discussion and debate. Further funding enables StoryInk to develop its online platform to complement these events and reach a wider audience.

StoryInk Africa is an organization in Blantyre, Malawi, created by writers, for writers. Their aim is to bring back the art of storytelling to the Malawian creative economy and beyond in a sustainable way, by building an audience that allows aspiring young writers to tell their stories.