NEW YEAR – MAKE READING YOUR LIFESTYLE

  I have come across a lot of New Year’s resolutions – impressive. I mean many people have really raised the bar very high, year in – year out. That is okay. It is important to have expectations and to set goals; if you can work hard to achieving all that has been planned. However, it is sad to notice that something very important usually misses out on most Zambian New Year resolutions-reading! Of course, some people will say that if their resolution is to go to college or university,…

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CULTURE, SYMBOLS, TRADITIONS, RELIGION IN CREATIVE WRITING

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE: On developing the literary arts with a focus on creative writing   One of the things that makes West African writing outstanding is the usage of their cultural values and symbols. In fact, beyond Africa, the inclusion of cultural values, traditional symbols and religion have made great movies. A lot of powerful themes have been developed around what people believe in; from popular books like, ‘Things Fall Apart’, ‘River Between’ to myths and legends in ‘Lord of the Rings’ or the Harry Porter series. Therefore, what…

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TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE-On developing the literary arts in Zambia, with a focus on creative writing!

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE-On developing the literary arts, with a focus on creative writing AUDIENCE SATISFACTION Although it is said that you cannot please everybody, a creative writer has the almost impossible task of ‘pleasing’ would be readers. It is necessary to ask what the target audience is. Answering this question alone requires that the writer pays attention to the finer requirements of writing so that, even though we cannot please everybody, your writing will not only be rated highly but will provide the entertainment too. Every reader has their own preferred reading list; some readers fall in love with the writer- the…

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The Influence Of The Quality Of Education On Literacy

THE INFLUENCE OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION ON LITERACY TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing. THE INFLUENCE OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION ON LITERACY   I wish to open the discussion by applauding the gallant men and women who, under very difficult circumstances stand on the frontlines of the education system to deliver to as many as possible the much needed education. Zambia is to a very large extent an academic nation whose job market still depends on qualified people.…

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What Standard Should Measure Our Literacy

WHAT STANDARD SHOULD MEASURE OUR LITERACY TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing. WHAT STANDARD SHOULD MEASURE OUR LITERACY Zambia inherited its school curricula from the colonial masters and since then very little has been done to align the various syllabi to the context of the Zambian environment, such as the job market, the needs of the local people and the capacities of the learners. For a long time after independence and until recently, English was and is still being used…

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Work With Me

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing. MENTORSHIP Mentorship is a deliberate programme in which young and/or upcoming writers get attached to seasoned and published writers or those who are well versed in writing as a way of learning the writing craft. The person being mentored learns by observing, listening and taking part in writing activities. Mentorship goes beyond mere supervision and tutoring. During the programme the mentor shares their time and experiences as a way of imparting writing skills. A…

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“WHAT IS THERE TO WRITE ABOUT ZAMBIA?”

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE "WHAT IS THERE TO WRITE ABOUT ZAMBIA?" TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE WHAT IS THERE TO WRITE ABOUT ZAMBIA? If you drive through Zambia you will encounter the most spectacular countryside. The vast savanna sprawls kilometers of beautiful vegetation. Each season has a story to tell about the magnificent transformation of the grass, the trees and flowers, year in year out. The scents that fill the air are transferred over vast regions by the elements that carry great stories across lakes and rivers.  In the dry season,…

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TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE "On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing" EXORCISING THE ‘DEMON’ OF ILLITERACY TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing. EXORCISING THE ‘DEMON’ OF ILLITERACY I have attended a number of exorcism sessions and have had the opportunity to conduct a few- truth be told, it is just another realm that is beyond human understanding. Exorcisms vary from religion to religion; bottom line is there are some spiritual forces that live among us…

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TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing. EXORCISING THE ‘DEMON’ OF ILLITERACY I have attended a number of exorcism sessions and have had the opportunity to conduct a few- truth be told, it is just another realm that is beyond human understanding. Exorcisms vary from religion to religion; bottom line is there are some spiritual forces that live among us and in some cases in us. Superstitious? Well, here is the problem, a large percentage of Zambia’s population remains illiterate 50…

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LIBRARIES AND READING PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS

[notice noticeType=”attention” ]Developing literary arts in Zambia-focus on fiction writing LIBRARIES AND READING PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS Two significant people have unreservedly impacted my reading culture; my mother who for the most part of my childhood made it a point that I read to her every evening, after which I would spiral into a spellathon, a solo contest that was reinforced with a wooden stick that would rise and fall at any slight faltering over a word or a sentence. Then came my teacher of English, an Irish nun (God rest…

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