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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, entertaining Malawian fiction from aspiring writers to the public 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 a previous government that lost power in 1994. As a result, there had been a decline in Malawian fiction writers and ultimately its readers, who lost the art of reading for enjoyment. The monthly storytelling sessions are intended to rectify this decline of interest in the Malawian literature industry and to encourage discussion and debate. Further funding will enable StoryInk to develop their online platform to compliment these events and reach a wider audience.

StoryInk Africa is an organisation in Blantyre, Malawi, created by writers for writers with the aim of bringing 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.