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GOVT SUPPORTS LOCAL AUTHORS
19/12/18

GOVT SUPPORTS LOCAL AUTHORS

MAUN – Some upcoming poetry authors have decried lack of support from Batswana to grow the writing industry. 
They said it seemed Batswana have lost the culture of reading as they do not connect with poetry books. 
The authors aired their views during the launch of a poetry book titled: “Dare to Become,” which is a collection of poems reciting life’s realities and caters for both the young and old. 
The author, Boitshepo Mack of Molepolole mentioned lack of support as a major challenge for local writers to penetrate the industry and wished people could change their mindset and view poetry as an art which one could make a living out of. 
Mack, 26, explained that the book was her first and takes on the beautiful but terrifying journey of becoming, as she talks about the anxiety, pain and even fear that most people deal with daily as well as the liberation and fulfillment that comes with loving unconditionally, success, time management, rejection, love, growth and self-discovery.
The poems are not merely for inspiration, excitement, emotion, but also for individuals to obtain lessons that could be useful in improving their lives.
Mack said the book was a source of hope for a lot of people, especially the youth, who were depressed, abused and have given up on life. 
Through the book, she hoped that readers would reflect on their personal journeys of life and appreciate that life was all about becoming who one wants to be.
The youthful writer noted that she believed in mental power because everyone was capable enough to change their lives for the better, adding that she believes that people could make it in life if they followed their dreams. 
Mack also noted that young people should understand that life was not all about money, noting that some people ventured into something to make quick money but advised them to follow their ambitions and start projects, which they were passionate about.
Another challenge, she mentioned, was shortage of publishers in the country and lack of mentorship, especially for emerging writers. 
Despite the challenges, Mack revealed that she intended to publish another book next year. 
Another author, Antony Molosi shared the same sentiments with regard to support to local authors, noting that selling poetry books seemed abnormal to communities as compared to music and wished it could change.
Tumo Kenosi, who has already published two books, said the market was still a challenge and believed that there was still a lot to do to promote the culture of reading amongst Batswana.
Giving a word of motivation, an official from Maun Library, Hilda Bawani said it was pleasing to see young people joining the authors’ family, which she said was in line with the role of the library.
She said they supported the works of local authors as they give advice and guidance so that they become quality writers and do the right things. 
Bawani explained that they take authors through all the necessary steps until they publish their products and at the end, take two copies to the library.
She also noted that they also promote a culture of reading and writing by organising workshops for writers and individuals as a way of motivating them. BOPA

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