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Friday 27 October 2023

Inspiring creativity in the library

By Jillian Viljoen

Libraries are usually viewed as buildings where books and journals are housed; where noise is taboo and speaking is done in low tones … a rather boring place. But did you know that libraries are places of learning where creativity can be encouraged and nurtured?


The UKZN PMB Main Library hosted 2 creative writing sessions on 22 and 29 September, in the spirit of Heritage month. We all have varied experiences, thoughts and views which we could share and what better way to do it than through creative writing.


Both sessions were facilitated by Brett Dix from the English Department. Brett’s passion was infectious as he focused on poetry and how the creative processes are born and explored. He explained the intricacies, various styles and skills to produce a publishable poem and encouraged abstract creative thought. During both sessions, we were given 10 minutes to write a poem related to the focus of each session. In the first session the poem was on any animal and in the second, the poem focused on an experience which we cherished. Brett encouraged us to read and use the books available to us in the library for research for our poems and for inspiration. Both sessions were thought-provoking and insightful.


Sqedile and Nox from the UKZN Press attended the session on 29 September. They explained the services that the UKZN Press provides and their respective roles at the UKZN Press. They also encouraged everyone to continue with their creative writing endeavours and to visit the UKZN Press.


The Library served as a venue to inspire creative writing and to market the UKZN Press; not so boring after all.


We look forward to other initiatives and activities in the library space. This initiative was just the tip of the iceberg.

Our budding poets and authors

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