Mongane Wally Serote

Literary Birthday – 8 May – Mongane Wally Serote

Happy Birthday, Mongane Wally Serote, born 8 May 1944.

Mongane Wally Serote Quotes

  1. I feel I am too young to write an autobiography.
  2. Writers still have a mission to communicate across barriers – even if apartheid is not the main motivation any longer.
  3. We didn’t even know how very beautiful our country, South Africa, was, because we were stuck in the townships.
  4. We saw writing as something that could inspire, record, express, but also entertain.
  5. At primary school, I had very good teachers that had us tell stories. However, being influenced by European literature at school, I initially wrote a poem about snow and presented it to one of the teachers. She reprimanded me for writing about things that I have not experienced and advised me rather to write about what I experience and what I observe. (Source)

Source for Quotes

Mongane Wally Serote is a South African poet and writer.He became involved in political resistance to the apartheid government and was arrested and detained for several months without trial in 1969. In 1972, he published his first collection, Yakhal’inkomo, which went on to win the Ingrid Jonker Prize for debut poetry in English. After the first democratic elections in South Africa, he became a Member of Parliament. He is the author of To Every Birth Its Blood.

Source for Image

Serge Aspeslag, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th May 2015