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21 February 2011

WINZ Newsletter, Issue No 12

It is such an honor for Writers International Network Zimbabwe to hold its literary events at the Book Cafe in Harare for the year 2011, starting in April. We greatly thank the owners of the venue and their staff for having been convinced by our zest to create a permanent platform for budding writers and thousands more writers yet to be born in Zimbabwe.
The Book Cafe has been a cultural centre for many arts genres and it has supported various artists who today boast of having created a niche for themselves in the hall of talent and fame.
The dates and nature of our literary discussions will be announced in due course. Thanks to the senders of messages inquiring about Win-Zimbabwe. We know it proves hard sometimes to connect with many of you in Harare due to lack of proper office infrastructure but it remains our vision that one day we will get over this hurdle to enable easy visibility. Meanwhile, enjoy our twelfth offering and keep dishing out those inspirational poems and stories.

Beaven Tapureta - Founder & Director (pictured)

By Beaven Tapureta

Award-winning writer, storyteller and gospel poetry musician, Ignatius T Mabasa is a gifted weaver of tales who draws his juice from the Zimbabwean oral tradition.
On February 17 2011 Mabasa gave a tonic presentation  on Writers-in-Residence which focused on his experience as the 2010 Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence for the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.
The discussion, attended by various established and upcoming writers from Harare, took place at the Book Cafe.
Interlacing his presentation with stories, Mabasa talked about various issues related to his experience in Canada where he was the successful applicant ahead of more than sixty applications for the same residence from all over the world.
While in Canada, Mabasa said he felt challenged to revisit his notes and reflect on the creative writing process as he found himself faced with a new audience that was enthusiastic about Zimbabwean literature.
"I was invited on various occasions to talk about Zimbabwean writers in classes. I talked about Tsitsi Dangarembga, Dambudzo Marechera, Charles Mungoshi, Yvonne Vera and many other writers that the students had avidly read. This rang some bells in mind as to the need for my fellow writers here in Zimbabwe to read works by other writers," said Mabasa.

He urged local writers to read as much as they can their own literature as the world out there is very much informed about Zimbabwean literature and their inquisitiveness is overwhelming. He said he found budding writers as young as nine years already talking and discussing books in classes and having dreams about wanting to be writers, a contrasting scenario with that of Zimbabwe where schools have belittled creative writing and literature.
"There are no enough books for young readers in our country. The foundation is lacking. Writing as a trade needs support at a tender age," said the veteran storyteller, adding that writers' organisations should look into this matter.

The residence was a time for refreshing far from home, family and job for Mabasa.
"I bought new books, had time to read, time to catch up.  I received submissions from students who wanted their manuscripts to be assessed," narrated Mabasa.

During the discussion, Mabasa proved his mettle when he recited exciting stories which had animal characters with an exceptional appeal to children and adults alike.

Mabasa, who will be going to the USA some time in the near future for a Storytelling Festival, also said he was an ambassador for Zimbabwe while in Canada as he had to answer some general questions about Zimbabwe.
"The people are smiling, despite challenges, I told them," said Mabasa.

The discussion had to be extended a little as debates were ignited around issues having to do with the local publishing industry and the deplorable book buying culture.

Ignatius Mabasa is the author of two Shona novels, Mapenzi and Ndafa Here? and a children's book titled The Man, Shaggy Leopard and The Jackal. He said he started two novels while in Canada. He has produced two soothing gospel poetry albums and currently lives in Harare with his family.


This is another opportunity to make you smile. Jungle Jim Fiction Magazine (Summer 2011) is the right channel to let your works be known to many readers.

Here are more details from the editor's brief.
Jungle Jim is a new bimonthly pulp magazine featuring contemporary South African fiction; original genre-based short stories, serializations and graphic fiction. The emphasis will be on an affordable, visually arresting and frequently published collection of fiction that is widely available. For the time being, we can't offer remuneration for selected works - until the time comes when we can, we are rather looking for writers who need a popular outlet for their work and are excited about creating a new local fiction precedent. We are looking for original fiction in any language that falls into one of the following formats: Short story - no longer than 6 pages maximum, short short stories - no longer than 3 pages maximum, serialised stories that lend themselves to no more than 6 installments, true life confessionals - a non-fiction, recorded & transcribed recollection of any extraordinary account, eg. alien abduction, demonic possession or near death experience, writing that is exceedingly visual and explores what is exotic in new worlds and in our own.
Although the deadline for the first edition is 25 February, the magazine editor said works are accepted throughout the year.

For more information contact Jenna Cato Bass, email


Gratitude to my Friend

I might never find the chance to unleash my gratitude
My silence can be a great noise if I forget to say thank you
Now is the moment to thank you for the love you showered upon me
You were always there for me when the burden was too heavy

I faced many sorrows
And you were right there to put a smile on my face
I saw many dark clouds
But you provided a rainbow to help me forget about the clouds
I cried as if that was my hobby
And your shoulder was always there to provide comfort as I poured my
Heart out
You sang for me as a form of consolation
And I assure that all your efforts did not fall on a skeleton that does not
Have feelings

I might procrastinate and tomorrow may never come
So this day as I live , I thank you my friend
Thank you for the unconditional love you gave me

For the smiles you thrust on my face
I thank you
For the rainbow you took from the sky placing it where I could touch it
I salute you
For providing a shoulder when my eyes were tear infested
I adore you

I might never find the chance to thank you
Therefore now is the time to thank you for your love
Your efforts did not go unnoticed and for that
I thank you!

Sympathy Ngwenya Sibanda (adapted from her debut anthology Matters of Life, 2009)

07 February 2011

WINZ Newsletter, Issue No 11

By Beaven Tapureta 


International appreciation for Zimbabwean writers continues to rise, despite less availability of the publications in the local bookstores.

Eleven Zimbabwean voices, making up the New Writing from Zimbabwe section, paint alive the Warwick Review Vol.III No 4, December 2009 issue with varying degrees of emotion coming out of deep scrutiny of events occurring in society.

There is so much variety in the writing styles as well.

The works by the local writers and poets in this latest issue reverberate with a quest for emancipation from unfavorable situations in life. Life and happiness are seen as universal gifts to man. Without these gifts, there is always turmoil.

The late Julius Chingono is among the Zimbabwean writers published in this magazine, with two poems entitled 20-044L and Disabled Disabled. Chingono’s poetry mixes humor and irony; you always find a hidden meaning behind the amusing arrangement of his words.

For example,
looking at me/they see/ a disabled disabled/with limping lame eyes/blind limbs/deaf mouth/dumb ears/some creature/unfit misfit (Disabled Disabled)

Other writers featured are Shimmer Chinodya, John Eppel, and the new generation of Lawrence Hoba, Wadzanai Mhute, Jane Morris, Tinashe Muchuri, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, No Violet Mkha Bulawayo, Champuno, and M.C Chihota.

Shimmer Chinodya’s mystery story Whispers from the Deep uses a unique style of writing in which the first person (Mrs. Sharai Mutero), an old woman, informally addresses her audience, the reader as ‘you’, specifically as mwanangu/ my son.

The first person (the main character) is engaged in what could be peripherally called soliloquy. As the narrator tells the history of her reincarnated husband, first to a journalist and then to her daughter Mucha, puzzling memories of the past are brought forward to clash with modern day cultural reality.

Jane Morris, founder of Amabooks publishers, turns into writer in this issue, with a story called Mending the Gate in which a narrator reminisces about his friend Roland, a private but peace loving man. In the story, the narrator meets Roland fixing his gate. Sibanda’s notorious bull from the vicinity always goads Roland’s gate out of position and Roland silently fixes his gate. The act of mending the gate becomes a metaphor for Roland’s love for peace, something for which he is remembered. Unfortunately, Roland, who keeps words to himself, dies of throat cancer, a disease into which he calmly resigned. After his funeral, Sibanda’s bull does it again and this time, the whole community comes together to mend the gate as a fitting homage to Roland.

In addition to the fiction and poetry, there are four commentaries and reviews of Zimbabwean literature and writers such as Tsitsi Dangarembga (The Book of Not), Brian Chikwava (Harare North), Bryony Rheam (September Sun).

Although the magazine was published before Chingono died, it is a fair tribute to him because he did not see it as it arrived late in Zimbabwe. His portrait was also used as the magazine cover photograph, courtesy of Irene Staunton.

The Warwick Review has other sections entitled ‘Going Back’ and ‘Fleeing Forward’, under which other various published writers and poets from the rest of the world speak from different viewpoints and forms, tackling different issues initially taken for granted.

This quarterly magazine is published by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.


I long for the moment

I cherish the moment
That revealed you in the mystery of my miseries,
A golden time when I felt the warmth of belonging

I long for the moment
Of sweetness everlasting
The moment that defined our destinies
When I looked in your eyes and saw a reflection of joy, happiness and love

Let me bask in the sunshine of your beauty
Let me bask with you at the tropical beach

Long I to laugh with you
Walk the paths of our inner selves
And ride the waves of our romance
In the distant seas of timelessness

By Courage Muganji, Braeside, Harare

                                                                   Emmanuel Sigauke

I am pleased to announce the release of the first 2011 issue of Munyori Literary Journal. The seventeen writers in this issue introduce us to a wealth of material from different parts of the world. Enjoy great poetry by R.S. Carlson (USA), Louie Crew (USA), Nana Fredua-Agyeman (Ghana), Liang Yujing (China), Mike Mware (Zimbabwe)...; fiction by Miriam Shumba, Kudzai Ndanga, and NoViolet Bulawayo (all from Zimbabwe) and Joanne Hillhouse (Antigua). We have an interview of Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan) by Sunil Sharma (India), and a book review by Memory Chirere (Zimbabwe). More fiction from Kenya's Patrick O. Ochieng...and more.

Since this is only the first of six planned issues, we look forward to a year of great reading. Send your work for consideration. Open the journal here: