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 [...]

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 [...]

PROLOGUE TO A MEMOIR

This is the prologue for Desiree-Anne Martin’s forthcoming memoir. Words are my drug of choice. They are my refuge; they are my panacea. They are the antidote to the poison that runs [...]

DEPRESSION | I AM A LEAKING BOTTLE

Depression refuses to be a pretty poem It bullies my lines and stanzas And gives my beautiful images the middle finger It doesn’t want to be subjected to any reflections or rhyme It won’t sit on [...]

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 [...]