Author Topic: CoW Ep. 505: And the rain will come from the mountain  (Read 216 times)

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Cast of Wonders 505: And the rain will come from the mountain

• Author: Innocent Chizaram Ilo
• Narrator: Somto Ihezue
• Host: Shingai Njeri Kagunda
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter

"And the rain will come from the mountain" was previously published in the Wilbur and Niso Smith Author of Tomorrow Prize Anthology 2019, available on World Reader.

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For my father and all the stories he told me.

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This is how Papa paints.

In the evenings, when air collects at people’s feet in chilly, invisible spools, he gathers his painting things to the balcony and sits in front of a rotting canvas. The numb fingers of his right hand grip the paintbrush, and the aluminium paint tray sways on his quivering left palm. Papa starts by making a whorl at the top left edge of the canvas. He twirls and twirls the paintbrush, concocting a riotous mesh of colours. It does not make sense. It does not make sense at all. Mama has always warned me never to disturb Papa when he is painting but I still linger, hiding behind the torn brocade curtain in the parlour.

Tags:  Anansi, art, families, heritage, hope, Innocent Chizaram Ilo, Jeremy Carter, magic, mythology, quests, Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Somto Ihezue, teen protagonist, young adult fiction