“I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria.
We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested,
and you weren’t allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew.
You had to dream up new ones.”
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity
of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty
to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand.
To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”
“Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have.
All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences.
At the very simplest, it can be: ‘He/she was born, lived, died.’
Probably that is the template of our stories – a beginning, middle, and end.
This structure is in our minds.”
The 17th Triennial Conference of the
Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS)
will be hosted by the organisation in Stellenbosch, South Africa,
from Monday 11 to Friday 15 July 2016,
(Opening on the evening of Sunday 10 July)
ACLALS 2016 is supported by
the English Department at Stellenbosch University, in association with
the English Department at the University of the Western Cape (UWC),
the African Textualities project at the University of Cape Town (UCT),
the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT),
Stellenbosch Literary Project (SLiP) and the District Six Museum.