Interview – Frances Kelvin Otung



See Frances’ previous interviews for issue 1 & 2 here.

Tell us about the specific inspiration behind one or each of your accepted pieces.
“…And it dawned on me” was written at a time when realization hit me that no matter how hard I try, some things, situations and people won’t change. So it’s up to me to decide, ‘Do I want to remain here in this vicious cycle or move on and come into a sphere where I can be myself and be accepted for who I am.’

“Discovering the Unknown” dealt with making that extra effort to let go of the shore and soar! In the end, because something in you calls to what you seek, when you meet it, every fear will give way.

Is there anything you feel binds each of your pieces of work together? A theme, signature, message, character, etc.
The art/act of Courage to let go does not always signify a LOSS. It is a call for new beginnings too, if only you dare!

How has your art and the way you create it changed over time?
Recently, I have noticed that I can equally write very well from my imagination. I just let my mind roam, walk through the corridors, enter and sit with the prisoner in their prisons, come out and imagine the freedom the birds feel and I write. Though my best poems have been from experiences.

fēlan is old English for feel. What makes you feel courage?
Knowing that God has my back always, this allows me fall free without a care.
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