The Glowing Blossoms that kept the roots alive


Words – what emotions do they conjure?

I missed which author said it, but his message was that when you sit down in front of your typewriter to write, you should not think, you need to feel. Thinking is done away from the machine. It’s good advice for some types of writing – in particular novels, but not all… Having said that, the essence holds for all writing – the words you choose are important and influence the reader. Talking to someone about a book in draft form recently, the question was asked – who’s the audience? WIll the language be accessible?

Here are some titles with words to conjure emotion…

They’re a Play on Words by Henry Dawe
Frivolous Verse and worse – Johannes Kerkhoven
Amazing Grace – Megan Carter
Underdressing – Roger Bray
Now What was I saying… – Kim Wedler

Ah, yes… while the words on covers might convey one message, individual words inside a book can also be image provoking as in The Glowing Blossoms that kept the roots alive – Amna Agib
And the gramatically incorrect – Shaka are Dead by John Samson – a book written in a colloquial South African English.


Amna Agib (bit Nafisa) – Appreciation

Amna Agib (bit Nafisa)

Amna joined TSL when she was a member of Harrow Writers Circle. From Sudan (before it split), she had a collection of poems and short stories giving insight into aspects of life in that troubled part of Africa.
As with a number of TSL authors, Amna had a clear idea on how her books were to feel – it was more than crafting the words. Through the process, we both learnt much on many fronts. And in particular, I discovered what an incredible life she’d led (and still does). Amna’s work is a testamony to tenacity and finding ways to have minority voices heard. Whilst she hasn’t published anything further with TSL, she has been exploring more accessible means of getting her work into Africa, where books are expensive to buy once other hurdles have been navigated, including languages.
She also has a short story in the TSL compilation Where Mental Health and Human Rights Align.
While I might be biased because of my African heritage, I do believe that Amna’s publications do not get the readership they deserve (and I can say that about most of our authors) – they break the mould and don’t always follow the currently approved ‘rules’ for writers. If you’re looking for an authentic voice, or something to challenge your current status quo, I recommend Amna’s two books… and that you consider some others in the TSL catalogue…