Happy Birthday, Mongane Wally Serote, born 8 May 1944
- I feel I am too young to write an autobiography.
- Writers still have a mission to communicate across barriers – even if apartheid is not the main motivation any longer.
- We didn’t even know how very beautiful our country, South Africa, was, because we were stuck in the townships.
- We saw writing as something that could inspire, record, express, but also entertain.
- At primary school, I had very good teachers that had us tell stories. However, being influenced by European literature at school, I initially wrote a poem about snow and presented it to one of the teachers. She reprimanded me for writing about things that I have not experienced and advised me rather to write about what I experience and what I observe. (Source)
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Serote is a South African poet and writer.
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