Bonty Botumile

Creative Writing-Botswana folklore.



Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
Creative Writing-Botswana folklore.

Where are you based?
Maun.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
I have been writing since I was a child just toying around with stupid stuff. At high school, I wrote a lot for our school newsletter, but really started writing commercially in 2005 when I worked on my first book. I was disheartened by how Botswana was desperately trying to shed its traditional image, but hungrily devouring anything western. I needed to record some traditions in story form for my own sentimental purposes. I had started and stopped so many stories over the years, wondering where to start. I had many false starts then one day I wrote one story and finished it in one sitting. I was so excited that I wanted to give the story, life in every form possible.

So I commissioned a friend to do the illustrations. I then re-wrote the story as an amateur stage performance, recruited youth from Maun to present it in a theatre form for the book launch. I then took the story to art classes in secondary schools as an art competition as a way of encouraging young artists to illustrate images based on Botswana folklore, and challenge to use their talent and imagination to present authentic Botswana images rather than the tendency to copy and draw other people's work. This approach created my template for the three other books that followed and I am having fun with it.

Do you come from an artistic background?
I am from a family of story tellers.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
I am inspired by the beauty of nature's smells, colours and the way the whole thing works. Everything about Botswana culture inspires me, it could be songs, games, dances, taboos, superstitions, the proverbs and general culture. Other writer's works also inspires me.
What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
My first book 'Tlou the Elephant Story' and the launch stage production for my second book 'Patterns In the Sky'.

What are your tools for creating?
Bits and pieces where I write my ideas, my digital cameras which captures my inspirational moments. Lots of quiet time and space to play around with my ideas and my good old laptop.

What sets you apart from the others?
I am not the right person to answer that question, I think you would get a more honest answer from my readers and audience.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
To promote Botswana's folklore to a level that Batswana children and youth want to consume the products as well as expatriates.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
Creating new things and ideas.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
Finish up my art and culture centre and introduce it with a big opening presented with all kinds of visual, theatrical and literary works of artists in Botswana.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
Stay original. Don't try and copy other people's work as a test. Be bold enough to give life to your creations that come from your head and heart. Even if your family and friends might not be as encouraging, or enthusiastic. Don't give up, work on your craft and finish it. Its not a smooth easy road, so be kind and patient with yourself but NEVER GIVE UP.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
In Gabs at Exclusive Books and Botswana Craft. In Maun, Kasane and the Okavango delta, in all the curio shops.

How can people get in touch with you?
tharientsho@gmail.com, www.botswanastories.com.

Any thanks or shout outs?
WELCOME ABOARD! We are waiting to see what you got!!!

Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
Creative Writing-Botswana folklore.

Where are you based?
Maun.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
I have been writing since I was a child just toying around with stupid stuff. At high school, I wrote a lot for our school newsletter, but really started writing commercially in 2005 when I worked on my first book. I was disheartened by how Botswana was desperately trying to shed its traditional image, but hungrily devouring anything western. I needed to record some traditions in story form for my own sentimental purposes. I had started and stopped so many stories over the years, wondering where to start. I had many false starts then one day I wrote one story and finished it in one sitting. I was so excited that I wanted to give the story, life in every form possible.

So I commissioned a friend to do the illustrations. I then re-wrote the story as an amateur stage performance, recruited youth from Maun to present it in a theatre form for the book launch. I then took the story to art classes in secondary schools as an art competition as a way of encouraging young artists to illustrate images based on Botswana folklore, and challenge to use their talent and imagination to present authentic Botswana images rather than the tendency to copy and draw other people's work. This approach created my template for the three other books that followed and I am having fun with it.

Do you come from an artistic background?
I am from a family of story tellers.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
I am inspired by the beauty of nature's smells, colours and the way the whole thing works. Everything about Botswana culture inspires me, it could be songs, games, dances, taboos, superstitions, the proverbs and general culture. Other writer's works also inspires me.
What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
My first book 'Tlou the Elephant Story' and the launch stage production for my second book 'Patterns In the Sky'.

What are your tools for creating?
Bits and pieces where I write my ideas, my digital cameras which captures my inspirational moments. Lots of quiet time and space to play around with my ideas and my good old laptop.

What sets you apart from the others?
I am not the right person to answer that question, I think you would get a more honest answer from my readers and audience.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
To promote Botswana's folklore to a level that Batswana children and youth want to consume the products as well as expatriates.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
Creating new things and ideas.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
Finish up my art and culture centre and introduce it with a big opening presented with all kinds of visual, theatrical and literary works of artists in Botswana.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
Stay original. Don't try and copy other people's work as a test. Be bold enough to give life to your creations that come from your head and heart. Even if your family and friends might not be as encouraging, or enthusiastic. Don't give up, work on your craft and finish it. Its not a smooth easy road, so be kind and patient with yourself but NEVER GIVE UP.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
In Gabs at Exclusive Books and Botswana Craft. In Maun, Kasane and the Okavango delta, in all the curio shops.

How can people get in touch with you?
tharientsho@gmail.com, www.botswanastories.com.

Any thanks or shout outs?
WELCOME ABOARD! We are waiting to see what you got!!!




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