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Midlanders in the art of storytelling

By Nerissa Card

From bordellos in Marrakech to birding in Africa…

That’s just a taste of what you can expect at gatherings of the Midlands Storytellers, an initiative that was started around a decade or so ago by Rob Preston-Whyte after he retired from an academic career at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Sadly, Rob died three years ago and the gatherings took a knock, but they were revived last year by former members, Gaynor Lawson and Terry Sandy.

The storytellers meet once a month to share a piece of writing they have created based on a theme given to them at the previous month’s meeting.

The day The Meander Chronicle visited, the group had based their stories on one of two topics, Mrs Dawson or Hard Men.

From what I heard, it seems Mrs Dawson was a rather interesting woman. The hard men equally so.

From dentists to grannies

From dentists, grannies and chemical engineers, to IT and marketing fundis, the storytellers had me enthralled and inspired by their creativity.

The topic for next month’s meeting is “Myth”, so if you think you have what it takes for a bit of creative writing or just want to try your hand at it, look them up at It’s an afternoon very well spent.

Picture: Alexis Brown on Unsplash


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