Weekend Workshop: Creative Writing

From February 17-18 2018, Leila Hall led a weekend workshop at The Hub on creative writing. Day one was spent exploring some of the aspects of storytelling that make for powerful books and films and freewriting around memories and imaginative ‘what if…?’ scenarios. On day two, based on their freewrites from day one, participants wroteContinue reading “Weekend Workshop: Creative Writing”

WordPower kickstarted at The Hub!

WordPower, a brand new literacy program at The Hub, kickstarted with its first session yesterday! We had a great time learning about writer and filmmaker MK Asante and reading extracts from his memoir, Buck. WordPower will be meeting every Thursday at 4pm. Everyone above the age of 14 is free to join, even if you are notContinue reading “WordPower kickstarted at The Hub!”

WordPower @ The Hub

WordPower is a new literacy program launching at The Hub in September 2016. Participants of the program will meet once a week to read and discuss fiction, poetry and plays by writers from around the world, and will be engaged in writing exercises that will encourage creative and personal expression. The aim of the programContinue reading “WordPower @ The Hub”

Basotho LGBTI Youth Connect With International Activists

Originally posted on The Huffington Post By Leila Hall I am sitting in a room in the State Library in Maseru, Lesotho, with about 30 other young people. We are Skyping with acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi, who is jet-lagged and speaking to us from Paris. She is more than 13,000 miles away, but itContinue reading “Basotho LGBTI Youth Connect With International Activists”

‘Mathabiso Mosala: 50 years of activism in Lesotho

Originally posted by Mail & Guardian By Leila Hall Eighty-three-year-old ‘Mathabiso Mosala lives in a bustling, chaotic part of Maseru. Her house is located on one of the city’s main roads, crowded with shops, pedestrians and heavy traffic. Street vendors line the pavement outside her gate, their shouts mingling with the incessant hooting of taxisContinue reading “‘Mathabiso Mosala: 50 years of activism in Lesotho”

Ba re e ne re: Reigniting Lesotho’s literary culture

Originally posted by Mail & Guardian: Voices of Africa By Leila Hall Lesotho is an interesting place to be in at the moment. At the end of August, we made headlines worldwide, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. The news had nothing to do with the country’s many unique and positive qualities. There was no mentionContinue reading “Ba re e ne re: Reigniting Lesotho’s literary culture”

Inspiring a new generation of green activists in Lesotho

By Leila Hall It is a Saturday morning in Moshoeshoe II, a neighborhood of Maseru, Lesotho. A small army of eco-warriors has set out to try and clean up the litter in their community. The group is made up of children and teenagers of varying ages who work together, holding black rubbish bags between them and picking up the many bottles, cans,Continue reading “Inspiring a new generation of green activists in Lesotho”

The Forgotten Kingdom: Filming Lesotho’s Identity

Originally posted on The Culture Trip By Leila Hall Lesotho’s mountainous landscapes and turbulent political history provide the backdrop to The Forgotten Kingdom, a 2013 feature film directed by visionary filmmaker Andrew Mudge. We take a behind-the-scenes look at this spectacular production and follow it on an epic journey across Lesotho’s mountains, communities and complexContinue reading “The Forgotten Kingdom: Filming Lesotho’s Identity”

Pusha Love Chomees – Start Living!

Originally posted by Kick4Life By Leila Hall It is a hot summer afternoon in Maseru, Lesotho. On the rooftop of one of the buildings at Kick4Life, a group of young people are sitting in a circle with their heads bent, quietly writing. The silence is broken only by the shouts of children playing down below.Continue reading “Pusha Love Chomees – Start Living!”

Creative dialogues: engaging with Lesotho’s diaspora

Originally posted on Morija.co.ls By Leila Hall “For the younger generation of the Basotho diaspora, especially, I hope that the Conversations provide the inspiration to do more… I hope that this is an example of what can be done.” Maeder House – one of the oldest recorded buildings in Lesotho – stands quietly and unobtrusively next toContinue reading “Creative dialogues: engaging with Lesotho’s diaspora”