If we knew we had a backyard full of diamonds, we would work tirelessly to unearth that priceless treasure...right? Well, our country is populated by young minds with imaginations full of story gems waiting to be noticed and polished for all to see!
The Bahamas was documented in the 1930s as having the largest collection of oral tales in the region. Modern times and societal changes have eroded the traditional ways of storytelling we once shared. Storylympics aims to reignite that spark among our youth by inviting them to cultivate a new body of folktales harvested from their own imaginations.
Storylympics is designed as a folktale literary competition where teen writers will be encouraged to draw on the Bahamian mythos already teeming with magical tales and create their own new stories of courage, tenacity, wisdom and hope. Will we see new iterations of our fabled chickcharney? Perhaps a gaulin wife or two? Or maybe a completely new collection of magical creatures await us?
At its heart, Storylympics is more than a writing competition. This initiative is actually a gamified exercise that: emphasizes collaboration; teaches how to give and receive constructive criticism; and highlights the importance of innovative thinking in every sphere of life.
Skills that we can all benefit from as a nation and as a human family.
Blaise Pascal, Mathematician