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From Imagination to Reality: Celebrating the Artistic Excellence of Writing.

Humans have treasured writing as an art form for many years. Writing has been a means of expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings for people since the earliest literary works in ancient civilizations to the contemporary works of today.

There are several forms of writing which include fiction and non-fiction. The literary genre of fiction gives the author the freedom to construct their own universe. It is a type of storytelling that uses made-up people, places, and things. Authors of fiction are free to use their imaginations unrestrainedly and to produce anything they like. They can take readers to various eras, locations, and worlds. This literary genre gives readers an opportunity to escape reality and discover the uncharted while non-fiction, on the other hand, is a category of writing that deals with facts, actual events, and real people. It is a style of writing that is founded on facts and investigation. Nonfiction authors try to inform, educate, and persuade readers. This type of writing gives readers a more thorough grasp of the world we live in and aids in decision-making.

In recognition for his stellar writing, the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize was given to Nigerian author Arinze Ifeakandu for his debut book God's Children Are Little Broken Things. The book which has been described as stunning and impressive, features nine stories that explore various themes in Nigeria. God's Children Are Little Broken Things (Orion, Weidenfeld & Nicolson), written by Ifeakandu, won the prestigious £20,000 Prize at a ceremony held in Swansea on May 11, 2023.

Arinze Ifeakandu

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Also in Swansea, Debo Omole and Kelechi Ronald Ikpe have been announced as two of the contributors by Inclusive Journalism to the book Cymru & I, which will be a collection of ten non- fiction essays that will be published sometime in September by Seren Books. They are currently participating in the creative writing class run by BAME mental Health Support (BMHS).

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Finally, both writing fiction and non-fiction has a distinct beauty and importance. Non-fiction gives readers a broader grasp of the world while fiction allows writers to use their creativity and build a world of their own. The beauty of writing is in the ability of words to affect and inspire readers, regardless of whether you choose to write fiction or non-fiction.

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