Writers launch literary website

Two writers have joined forces to establish a website dedicated to short stories written by budding writers.

The website, Story Ink Africa, a brainchild of writers Ekari Mbvundula and Wonawaka Gondwe, will accord both local and international literary enthusiasts an opportunity to read and buy stories for their reading pleasure by paying through mobile payment platforms.

Ekari Mbvundula (left) with one of the story tellers during the Lilongwe Story Telling Session in February.

Speaking in an interview, Mbvundula said the website is a platform for encouraging and nurturing talent of young fiction and non-fiction writers.

“The public can purchase these stories for K5 000 per compilation. Alternatively, they can buy individual stories for K2 000 each,” she said.

Mbvundula said proceeds from the downloads will be used to pay the authors and meeting costs incurred by Story Ink Africa.

“We have stories written by our writers, including the compilations from the Lilongwe and Blantyre story telling sessions. For now, we are accepting TNM Mpamba, Airtel Money and bank transfers like [National Bank of Malawi’s] Mo626,” she said.

As a means of also driving more traffic to the website, www.storyinkafrica.com, the website will also be a market place for other merchandise such as T-shirts and coffee mugs.

Budding writer Tamanda Kanjaye described the development as an avenue for more exposure for writers.

The next reading sessions will take place on April 20 at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre on April 27.  A dozen selected stories from Lilongwe and Blantyre will make it to the website. n

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