Echoes of Gqeberha
While the Eastern Cape as a Province continues to contend with the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality also faces broader challenges in the literary and artistic world.
In an attempt to develop, inspire, and empower upcoming writers and artists, the Red Location Digital Library & Archive (RLLA) in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal (NMBM) Libraries and supported by the Red Location Cultural Precinct team (RLCP), hosted a creative writing and poetry workshops aimed at motivating aspirant writers, empowering them through mentorship and coaching programmes.
Various aspects of writing, illustration and poetry ranging from the Creative Writing Process, Interpersonal and Business Skills for Writers, adding value for the Community through writing, Publishing, and promoting NMBM Libraries and RLLA, among other aspects, were explored.
These workshops lay a foundation for addressing the challenges borne by upcoming writers and artists within our communities. It is for this reason that these workshops are crucial in preserving and promoting natural creative talent. The voices of the youth must still be heard, and we view these workshops as a continuation in the path to uplift our upcoming writers, illustrators, and artists.
Therefore, it is the compilations of the work of those creative talents, put together, which has produced the book Echoes of Gqeberha.