The launch of “Sekuru and the Girl with Her Leaf” at the indie Rogan’s bookshop in Bedford was a true celebration of community, culture, and language. The children’s book, which features the Shona and Italian languages, explores the importance of learning about different cultures and the joys of sharing and appreciating them.
During the event, many locals, including Zimbabweans who used to live in Zimbabwe, turned up in large numbers to join in the celebration. The author and Illustrator Desiree Bashi used drama techniques to engage the children, teaching them a few words in Shona and Italian, and talked about the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
The book also features the accordion, a typical Italian instrument, and the mbira, a thumb piano popular in Zimbabwe, both of which are important parts of their respective cultures. The author’s passion for the subject matter was contagious, and it left the audience with a sense of joy and wonder.
In conclusion, the launch of “Sekuru and the Girl with Her Leaf” was a beautiful celebration of cultural diversity. The author’s use of drama techniques and her passion for the subject matter made it an engaging and immersive experience for all. The event left us with a sense of appreciation for different cultures and the importance of preserving and sharing them.