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 [...]

JAGUAR

Usually he shaved in the shower. This time he used the Maca root shave cream bought some years back at the Body Shop in Djakarta. He ran his hand over his chin which felt smooth, luxurious, [...]

THE WASTELAND

  A wasteland mourns in silence, her quiet grieving interrupted only by the busyness of chirping birds and the continuous sound of distant traffic. A sense of loss still haunts her vacant [...]

A NIGHT AMONG THE DEAD

The sky is angry, the wind is mad, the blanket of dust spreads in the air, heavens are crashing down breaking loose the cords which maintain them in their foundation.  Confusion in the sky, the [...]

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 [...]

LOKLIED

Ek wou my stad se poorte wyd oopgooi vir jou. Jou bring na my tuin vol lekker ruik kruie. Jou laat drink uit my fontein Vir jou soet wyn en geurige appels voer Maar jou wagte het my gewond. [...]

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 [...]