Novel to spark debate

2015-06-17 06:00
THE young author Jane Mpholo with a copy of her first novel, Exclusives. She has just finished her second novel, Freedom.

Mlungisi Louw

THE young author Jane Mpholo with a copy of her first novel, Exclusives. She has just finished her second novel, Freedom. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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A DRAMA and theatre graduate of the University of the Free State (UFS), Jane Mpholo, has written a book that she hopes will get children interested in writing their own stories. Freedom recently hit bookstore shelves.

At 26 years old, the dynamic arts performer already has two novels under her belt. The young author from Botshabelo in the Free State, says she started scripting theatre plays in 2011 before venturing into writing novels.

Inspired by her passion for helping others, Mpholo says she hopes Freedom, her second novel, will inspire the children of South Africa to read beyond the classroom and encourage them to write their own life stories.

Freedom, a novel about a young girl who runs away from home after her religious family attempts to marry her off at the young age of 14, is set to spark debates about religion, morality and ethics.

Although the girl becomes a successful chief executive officer of a conglomerate, life forces her to face her grim past when she meets a man who wants her hand in marriage and plans to meet her family.

With a storyline that addresses child marriages and one’s power to change one’s destiny, Mpholo hopes the book will encourage children to pursue their dreams regardless of harsh realities.

She says characters in the novel have not been named, not only to broaden the imagination of its readers, but also to de-racialise the characters and to make the book relatable to everyone.

Mpholo also hopes her theatre play titled The Climb, which aims to educate children about human trafficking, will be implemented by schools as an educational tool and draw an interest in theatre plays within communities.

Mpholo says she is sourcing sponsors who can cover the printing and delivery costs of her book Freedom so that it can be distributed to schools across the country.

Mpholo’s first novel, Exclusives, which was published in April, has also done well in the literary world.

“I want to use my craft to change the lives of others,” says Mpholo.

Published by Groep 7 Drukkers en Uitgewers, both novels can be found at stores of Graffiti Books


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