Likheleke tsa puo book on Amazon!


Supporters of Ba re e ne re,

We wanted to let you know that since our short story collection Likheleke tsa puo: New writing from Lesotho sold out following the Ba re e ne re Literature festival this past December, we’ve made the book available to order from Amazon as an ebook or print copy. We have been so humbled by the interest in the book and the response has really shown how powerful publishing opportunities are for Basotho writers.

Please follow the link below to find the book on Amazon. All sales go towards supporting future literary arts projects in Lesotho.

Purchase Likheleke tsa puo: New writing from Lesotho

Book description: “This essential book, “Likheleke tsa puo”, meaning “wordsmiths” in Sesotho, contains 23 original stories that have never been published before. They are written in both English and Lesotho’s original brand of Sesotho, because it’s incredibly important to promote indigenous language and allow writers to express themselves how they are most comfortable.”

Ba re Litfest 2016 Programme


The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival 2016 programme

 “Find your voice”

9 – 11 December 2016 

Friday 9 December 2016 – Festival Day 1 – Rock View Restaurant

Activity Time
Arrival and set up 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome to Ba re e ne re Opening Night 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
“Likheleke tsa puo: New writing from Lesotho” book launch 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic poetry 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Performances by headlining artists 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Saturday 10 December 2016 – Festival Day 2 – Maseru Prep School

Activity Time
Doors open – Arrival 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Performances (music, poetry) 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Welcome – Ba re e ne re team and partners 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Session A: The importance of voice

With: Masande Ntshanga, Ace Moloi and Short Story Day Africa

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Session B: Prose vs. Poetry?

With: Joe Machina, Liatile Mohale

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Break for lunch / Photo booth 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Performances 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Session C: Panel discussion – Decolonising our literature – Sesotho

With: Liatile Mohale, Ace Moloi, Tumelo Meleleki

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Session D: Panel discussion – Seeing with fresh eyes

With Masande Ntshanga, Thato Mochone, Short Story Day Africa

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Break / Photo booth 2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
Session E: Panel discussion – Lesotho’s legacy of literature

With Liatile Mohale, Thato Mochone, Tumelo Moleleki

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Session F: Panel discussion – Digital publishing

With Joe Machina, Short Story Day Africa

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Break / Photo booth 3:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Annual Liepollo Rantekoa keynote address – Sindiwe Magona 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Day 2 closing remarks from Ba re e ne re Team 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm


Book funding campaign is live!


The campaign to publish our short story collection is live! Please contribute if you can and spread the love to support the literary revolution in Lesotho!

Be part of Lesotho’s literary revolution

Ba re e ne re was founded in 2011 when local visionary Liepollo Rantekoa hosted the first Ba re e ne re Literature Festival. Liepollo passed away tragically in 2012, though since then, we, her friends with the support of her family, have rallied together to strive for her vision of a more literate and creative Lesotho.

To expand the opportunities writers in Lesotho have to share their stories, this year we set out to design and publish a book of all new writing, which we plan to launch on the opening night of our literature festival in December. This essential book, which we’re calling “Likheleke tsa puo”, meaning “wordsmiths” in Sesotho, contains 23 original stories that have never been published before. They are written in both English and Lesotho’s original brand of Sesotho, because it’s incredibly important for us to promote indigenous language and allow writers to express themselves how they are most comfortable.

Though some of the earliest southern African literature came from Lesotho, such as Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka, there’s not a lot of publishing of non-academic fiction happening in Lesotho these days. And that’s exactly what makes this short story collection so special. Having hosted our literature festival in Lesotho for the last few years, we can tell you that Basotho writers are hungry for opportunities to get their stories out there and revive our nation’s literary tradition. We can’t wait to share their voices with you.

When people think of Lesotho, they might imagine mountains, horses, woven hats and sadly, HIV, but we’re determined to break the stereotypes of Lesotho by presenting new diverse narratives created by talented Basotho writers telling their own stories. These stories in particular, tackle the nuance of relationships, dreams, religion, sex, and culture in exciting new ways.

What We Need & What You Get

We need your help in bringing this book to life. When this project is funded, not only will contributors to this campaign be able to earn a copy of the book, you will also have been an important part of igniting Lesotho’s literary revolution. At the different reward levels you can earn a signed copy of the book, get your name printed in the book, and be an official sponsor of Ba re e re’s book launch event!

Our goal is to raise $900 to cover the book’s design, editing, printing and registration. We’re doing as much of the work as possible in house to keep costs low. Here’s the breakdown of what we’re asking for:

  • $520 will go to the book printing
  • $100 will go to book editing
  • $100 will go to the book’s design
  • $100 will go to the book’s registration
  • $80 will cover transaction fees

Impacting Lesotho’s literary future

All sales of the book will go into a BA RE E NE RE BOOK FUND to support the production of future books published by Ba re e ne re so that we can continue to provide a platform to Lesotho’s talented writers. So your contribution will continue to multiply!

The more books we produce, the more Basotho youth can be inspired by local voices, further developing the cultures of reading and writing in Lesotho, and restoring Lesotho’s incredible literary tradition.

Other Ways You Can Help

We realize some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • You can share our campaign with anyone who you think would be interested
  • Connect with us via email to share ideas for future projects:

Ba re e ne re Story Anthology Book

Super excited to announce the list of stories selected to be in our upcoming short story collection. Thanks again to everyone who submitted, it was a pleasure reading every story. In the coming days we will launch a campaign to raise funds for the book publishing. Please share and support!

“Nonyana tsa siba leng li fofa mmoho” pale e ngotsoeng ke Mansabeng Lifalakane
“Our little mystery” by Rethabile Manong
“Vain struggle” by Mojabeng Moholi
“‘Mamotimpana” by Selloane Tseka
“A letter from a suicide victim” by Ntimana Konyana
“Summer Blues” by Tebby Letsie Schoeman
“Maseru City” by Moso Victor Sematlane
“Hoja ka tseba” pale e ngotsoeng ke Lucy Kolobe
“Veneered” by Lerato Mensah-Aborampah
“Liatla tsa motsoa-ntle” pale e ngotsoeng ke Mamoholi Mokhoro
“The praying wives club” by Refiloe Mabejane
“Epiphany” by Nicole Tau
“Mohla Puseletso le Lineo ba Shobelisoang” pale e ngotsoeng ke Mpho Mokone
“Everything is relative” by Pont’so Mpholle
“Lerato? Fokol!” pale e ngotsoeng ke Ts’eliso Monaheng
“The gifts” by Lipuo Motene
“The ultimate vengeance” by Mpolokeng Leteetee
“Bophelo bo naka li maripa” pale e ngotsoeng ke Litsoanelo Nei
“The north beckons” by Folane Makututsa
“Samaritan” by Khosi Rajeke
“Kamora Setsokotsane” pale e ngotsoeng ke Masello Sello
“The two” by Kaizer Matsumunyane

“Summer in the south” by Katleho Phenduka


2016 Ba re Litfest dates: 9-11 December

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Hi friends, we’re preparing for another incredible Ba re e en re Literature Festival aka “Ba re Litfest” and so make sure our dates are on your radar and on your calendar. This year our 3-day festival will be 9-11 December with the theme “Fumana lentsoe la hao/Find your voice”. More details to come soon.

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Announcing the 2016 Lesotho Story Anthology

Friends of Ba re e ne re, we’re extremely excited to announce that starting 1 May 2016 we’ll be accepting submission for a short story collection we plan to publish this year. Please read the guidance below (also on our website) and submit your stories. Thank you for spreading the word!

Anthology Submission Guidelines – please read carefully.

-The anthology will be published as a print book and e-book to showcase original fiction writing by writers from and based in Lesotho.

-Any person of Lesotho citizenship, or long term Lesotho residency of more than 3 years may submit stories. Questions of eligibility will be determined by Ba re e ne re.

-Writers may submit up to 3 short stories for consideration.

-Stories must not have been previously published.

-Stories should be fiction stories of 1000-5000 words.

-Stories may be submitted in English or Sesotho.

-All submitted writing must be original works of the writer’s creation.

-Stories must be submitted between 1 May and 30 June 2016.

-Submissions must be emailed as attachments to

-By entering, writers grant non-exclusive print and digital publishing rights to Ba re e ne re.

-By entering, writers agree to work with the editors of the book to prepare their story for publishing if selected.