We publish writing by course participants on a regular basis in the spirit of sharing life experiences with others. Each piece is original work by Life Righting Collective course participants – from the pen and from the heart. We want to showcase authentic voices that we hope will inspire you to write your own stories and buy our anthology, This is How It Is, as well as other books by our members. Scroll down to read our stories.

THE AWKWARD BAG TO CARRY

14 October 2018 Lying empty on the floor at my feet, the worn leather holdall is a thing of beauty, harking back to a time of artisanal labours of love, quality and long life.  It conjures the [...]

LAMENT FOR CATHERINE

Slowly they drive away; the mother’s heart goes with them The pallbearers, father, husband, brother, uncle Pain cutting into their faces as they take up their positions The mother reaches out to [...]

RONALD, THE GATE AND THE GUN

Ron and Phyllis are a struggling couple in their late 70s. Until recently they lived directly opposite me in our quiet, friendly suburban street. Well, mostly quiet and friendly during the twenty [...]

HEATING

It’s our third winter in Toronto, and our first on Toronto Island. We have rented a modest two-bedroom cottage. We hardly know our neighbours, and our families are far away. Having been a [...]

THE AUCTION

The dealer from Knysna walked from room to room, silently writing in his little notebook. Finally he said: “R17 000 for everything.” I would probably have taken the offer, having no clue if this [...]

THE DAY SHE DIED

The day she died she cooked a pot of food Pumpkin The meat was browned in sugar Dark and sweet The pumpkin soft and thick Mushy chunks of orange in brown gravy Shining with the fat she cooked it [...]

UPROOTED

I was a mere twelve-year-old girl when it happened. My cousins and I were picking gooseberries and duinebessies in the veld opposite my grandmother’s house. Then we heard an adult shouting: “He [...]