Art and storytelling will help you heal, author explains

Art is a medium for healing, explains writer, activist and storyteller Patricia Fahrenfort.

Fahrenfort is the author of Spanner in the Works, a memoir about her journey from Cape Town's factory floors to being part of South Africa's first post-apartheid administration.

Her book reflects on the challenges she faced along the way and the daily struggles endured by ordinary working class people during a difficult period in the country.

She explains that writing has helped her confront and resolve her trauma, pain and aggression over the years.

I cannot think of a better remedy than through the arts; whether it's song, dance or the written word.

Patricia Fahrenfort, author, author, activist and storyteller

If we don't tell our stories, we walk around with baggage. I'm a light traveler and comfort is important for me.

Patricia Fahrenfort, author, activist and storyteller

I can't afford a therapist, so I use pen and paper and write down what I feel.

Patricia Fahrenfort, author, activist and storyteller

I used to write down on pieces of paper how my day went. It was the only way I could get through the day.

Patricia Fahrenfort, author, activist and storyteller

For me humour is very important, I need to laugh at myself.

Patricia Fahrenfort, author, activist and storyteller

All of us are very angry. How do we vent the anger? I get lost in my books and writing.

Patricia Fahrenfort, author, activist and storyteller

Listen to her share her inspiring journey and the importance of storytelling:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Art and storytelling will help you heal, author explains


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