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Bessie Head's house to be museum

Plans are afoot to turn Bessie Head's house in the heart of Serowe into a museum.

In a consultative meeting at Maiketso ward in Serowe recently, the Bessie Head Heritage Trust's secretary, Dr Leloba Molema said the decision was a way of preserving the legendary novelist's legacy.

Dr Molema said it was important to preserve what Bessie left for Batswana, hence competitions such as Bessie Head literature awards.

She said the trust also ensured that her writings were published.

An additional member of the trust, Mr Tom Holzinger said the plan was to develop the house and bring it to the standard it was in while she was still alive.

Mr Holzinger said the house would be turned into a little museum, with a reading room where visitors would be able to access Bessie's works.

He said there would also be a visiting room where the works would be explained by those who knew the novelist better.

However, some residents complained that even though the trust had good intentions, they were never consulted.

Morula ward headman, Mr Molefe Leinane said it was vital for the trust to consult all stakeholders, especially those living in the vicinity of the house.

In response, the trust members assured tresidents that all stakeholders would be taken on board.

Bessie Head's novels such as When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru and A Question of Power, which were written in Botswana, were inspired by the traditional lives and events in the country.

When Rain Clouds Gather was her first novel, proceeds of which were used to build her a house in the heart of Serowe.

After she died in 1986, Bessie Head's belongings, especially her literature, were taken to Khama III Memorial Museum for safekeeping.

Meanwhile, the Bessie Head Heritage Trust  suggested that the newly built multi-million library in Serowe be named after Bessie Head as a token of appreciation for her contribution to literature. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Aobakwe Molefhi

Location : Serowe

Event : Meeting

Date : Dec 20 Thu,2012


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