Telling stories: In my view, this is what makes us human. From the bad gossip we told each other in school, to the things we tell our moms. From the stories our ancestors told around campfires, to the ones we tell each other around the braai now. Telling stories is what make us human. It’s how we define ourselves, how we place ourselves in this world we try to call home, how we navigate through it, how we make friends, how we find love. Without stories, what are we?
Because of this, this anthology can’t be of more importance. Less so to the people who read it, or were forced to buy it by the very persistent teenagers that has filled these pages with their words. (Good job on the selling guys!).
The importance of this anthology lies in the fact that it got a couple of teenagers to tell their stories, and even got a few people to listen.
This is not about how good these stories are, though they are magnificent in my eyes, it is about the fact that the writers got a chance to practice, fail and succeed, but above all to actually, physically tell their stories.
It was Phillip Pullman who said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Stories are how we keep ourselves alive as a species. They are what we leave those who are still to come. Love and lessons and heartache and sadness and success and failure and life wrapped up in letters.
So please support the writing talent of the future.
All proceeds go to the development of the participating writers.
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