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05 February 2013

WIN Newsletter, Issue No 63


Welcome to the 63rd issue of WIN Newsletter which, as you will see, celebrates Zimbabwean talent at its best. There are various opportunities too for writers in this issue. Take part in the advertised events and get inspired. We would like to call upon Shona and Ndebele writers to contribute to the newsletter columns 'Ngatinyorei' and 'Khasibhaleni'. Meanwhile, please enjoy! 
- Josephine Sithole Muganiwa
WIN-Zimbabwe Board Chairperson


Cover of the book ‘Reading Marechera’

The life and works of the legendary writer Dambudzo Charles Marechera (1952-1987) continue to be a perennial subject among academics the world over. ‘Reading Marechera’, published on January 17 this year by James Currey and edited by Grant Hamilton, is a collection of about ten essays which “discuss the important literary and philosophical influences that course through Marechera’s prose, poetry and drama”.
The book comes hard on the heels of Moving Spirit: The Legacy of Dambudzo Marechera in the 21st Century (LIT Verlag, Berlin, edited by Julie Cairnie and Dobrota Pucherova), a multimedia collection inspired by the life and work of Marechera which was published in 2012.
Scholarship on Marechera continues to grow internationally, with most academics preferring his works as subject for their thesis and/or literary research topics. While his international repute is undoubtedly growing, interest in Marechera in his home country can be fervently felt at most literary platforms where mention if his name puts everyone in a certain mood of mingled laughter and tears, tears by young writers for not having had the chance to actually see or talk to Marechera, particularly when listening to segments of his life as told by his living contemporaries. Should all books by and about Marechera be made available to his own country's book shelves, a large intellectual gap would be prevented from yawning. Bravo Marechera!


Three Zimbabwean writers are on the list of 21 African women writers who, according to AfriPOP which published the list, “represent best the diversity of some of the women of African descent who have taken up their pens and given us fresh perspectives”.
Award-winning authors Petina Gappah, Noviolet Bulawayo, and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, grace the list with other 18 renowned African women writers whom AfriPOP is urging Africa to read.

Noviolet Bulawayo

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Petina Gappah

Well Done!


 One of Tule Review copies donated to WIN by Emmanuel Sigauke last year

 For more information on submission guidelines, CLICK HERE


Reader’s Response to ‘The Polygamist’ written by Sue Nyathi, published in 2012

By Supa Mafuta (above), Harare

The Polygamist is a tightly written novel. The title points clearly at the main character Jonas. The writer’s pen tells it loud and clear that fabricated love as a tool to achieve one’s selfish goals is a sin and will never go unpunished. It also warns us that considering money as a source of peace of mind is a misconception. Money is a necessity but sound health and upright morals come first. Money as a license for promiscuity has its fatal results. The theme of the novel is not dumb on the fact that wealth accumulation is a process, long and painful, but the speed of lighting equals its destruction.
Style and language engaged by the writer is so captivating. Although the characters are black Zimbabweans, Nyathi’s English language is ‘too English’ and does not give a clue whether the characters are conversing as they would in their mother language. The characters are made true to life by the writer’s descriptive power.
The story is told in the first person. Its flow is interesting as major characters are used to tell it in different chapters punctuating the novel. Jonas, as a dead and buried person, tells his story in the epilogue giving the conclusion much impact.
(Should you want to respond to Supa’s short review, feel free to send your opinion to


Good News From -Tsva.. 

-Tsva.. wants to be a quarterly collection of new literature from Zimbabwe. Designed and printed locally, our aim is to develop a platform for writers to
explore and experiment and for readers to discover new writers and writing.
So, we would like to invite contributions that:

  • are between 1 and 2000 words long. 
  • are original works by the contributing author. 
  • are fiction, non-fiction, experimental, essay format, commentary, ranting, surreal, free-writing, confession, combination/hybrid...etc. 
  • are contributions that can include illustrations or photographs, so long as they are copyright cleared. 
  • are delivered in MS Word format, 12point font size. 
  • photographs and illustrations to be delivered as .JPEG or .TIF format

Stories/contributions chosen for publication will be rewarded.
For starters, we would like writers to consider/investigate the following: “.... and then ...”
Deadline for contribution for the inaugural issue: March 15th 2013, 12 Noon.
Publication for inaugural issue: April/May 2013
Please email your contribution/s to:


The Embassy of Spain

You are invited to the next edition of the
Spanish Embassy book club
on Tuesday, February 12th, at 17:30 to 19:00 hours,
at the Cultural Centre, 16 Phillips Avenue in Belgravia.
“This September Sun”, written Bryony Rheam,
will be presented by Eresina Hwede,
writer, poet, scriptwriter, playwright and editor. 
Copies of the book are available at the Embassy at the discounted price of $14 a copy.
Please RSVP: or telephone (04) 250 741


Kulibotezya muBuTonga
Ngu Rev. Jeffrey Muleya

BaTonga ngumwi musyobo wabantu baSiya babotelwa kapati abuumi, nkabela bajisi zichitiko zyiingi zyakulibotezya. Sunu ndialzuwa aatala azimwi zyazyo. Mumviki itobela ndizotalika kwaabana aatala amisyobo yakulibotezya baTonga njibajisi abwiime bwayo.
Eeyi misobano azilibotezyo nzyiingi zyakuti zyaambana bulozi biya. Zimwi nzeezi:
  1. Chilimba. Eeli ndibbala libelesegwa lubo katwaamba nchituti muchikuwa ni rediyo. Awa ndikwaamba chipelu.musobano wabapati abaniini usobanwa angoma ansaka.
  2. Nsolo. Zisaanwa amabwe maniini akwana mulegeni mutulindilindi. Musobano usaanwa abaniini, ikapati balombe.
  3. Kunoga. Oku nkwabasimbi. Abalabo babelesya tubwe ntubawaala akunokola mutulindilindi. Kunze kwadwi lyaamwi babwe nga bali alimwi ndibati ‘gwini’.
  4. Ngoma buntime. Ooyu nguwe nyina wamisobano yoonse yabaTonga. Ijatikizya ngoma nyeele zisiyenesiyene, myeembo, insaka, milangu azimwi ziliboobo. Musobano uswaanizya luundu loonse.
  5. Nkule. Musobano wakweebelezya bana baniini. Nintuntulwa zidonkwedwe zyasyomeka kezu na kasamu kachita kuti inzeemuke yapukuswa.
  6. Kudubbwa mumalambwa na kuti maziba.
  7. Syaamaweenzenze. Usaaninwa muchibondo champongo sikati.
  8. Yunuyunu sokwe.
  9. Mbelelembelele.
  10. Tulabiko .
Imwi ndilaboolaayo mumviki iza. Kwasunu musyaale mulumuno lwaMwaami Chilenga.


                                                                    Press Note

                In March 2013, you’ll hear a "Woman Scream"

Once again we will witness the loud and strong voices of poets who believe that speaking against violence is not enough; they believe that sometimes screaming is necessary. A scream is a release of the soul before impotence, is the Scream of: Enough! So next March 2013 poets will raise their voices again in the 3rd. Woman Scream International Poetry Festival called from the Dominican Republic by the Movement Women Poets International (Mujeres Poetas Internacional-MPI) and will be held in many countries and cities that have joined the long chain of events worldwide with the only intention of paying a fitting tribute to women through poetry, music, arts and other activities of interest throughout the whole month of march 2013. Woman Scream is part of the social mission of the MPI who also works towards the recognition of unknown talented women poets through their various activities, joint projects, and social networks. The MPI has the support of several cultural and literary institutions of importance that are partners of the events in various countries and cities, among this year’s participation list are included:
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico (Humacao), Spain (Malaga, Gran Canaria, Murcia, Aguilas Murcia, Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Toledo, Madrid, Bajadoz, Cadiz province, Cájar Granada), Mexico (Mexico City, Michoacán, Veracruz, Tijuana), Argentina (Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, Santa Fe, La Plata-Berisso and Ensenada-2 events, Santiago del Estero, Río Negro–Cipolletti-Patagonia), Colombia (Barranquilla, Cali, Bucaramanga), Cuba (Las Tunas), Chile (Santiago, Talagante, Ovalle, Valparaiso), Peru (Lima), Bolivia (Santa Cruz), Guatemala (Ciudad, Quetzaltenango), Venezuela (Caracas, Acarigua, Anzoátegui ), Panama, Ecuador (Loja), Honduras, USA (New Jersey, California-Modesto, California-Santa Rosa, San Francisco, New York), Canada, Germany, Russia (St. Petersburg), Luxembourg, France (Paris, Guadeloupe), Morocco (Larache), South Africa (Zimbabwe, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg), Kosovo, Greece, Antigua and Barbuda, Tanzania, India (Kolkata), Israel (Tel Aviv), etc.

This list will continue to grow in the coming months until March 2013. The last chain of the festival in March 2012 included the participation of 30 countries and 95 events worldwide were made in favor of the cause in different languages.

Woman Scream 2013 includes activities such as conferences, exhibitions, outdoor activities, poetry readings, contests, and more. The various activities will involve men and women poets’ good-will ambassadors of the MPI movement in different countries and the collaboration of institutions, cultural groups, musicians, and artists who support this beautiful solidary work.

Women Poets International Movement-MPI is one of the major projects that have managed to transcend the Internet to work together towards a common goal; it has brought together poets, followers and friends in a social movement that transcends all borders. The MPI has nearly 20,000 followers, and monitors directly more than 500 female poets from different countries. MPI was founded by the Dominican writer Jael Uribe to provide support in spreading the work of Spanish speaking women poets worldwide, as well as providing necessary technology tools for them to continue promoting their writing, and fight their way through today's technology to make themselves known in other frontiers as well as developing their leadership role through the coordination of poetic events in tribute to women worldwide. To learn more about the MPI and its work to support these worthy representatives of women poetry and their events, visit their page in:  for previous news and Woman Scream events in English and other languages, check: or contact them on their many social networks.

(Editor’s Note: In Zimbabwe, the Woman Scream 2013 event is being coordinated by Girl Child Creativity)


Hello 2013

By Tawanda G Kandenga (above), Harare

It seemed longer than it’s never been
Now you are here we can see
Packed with surprises come let’s roll
The times through which can grow
For you I have been waiting
To take me to my destiny
Your older brother, 2012, told me
That you would come through here
Your brother left some things undone
Some goals unmet
Some challenges unsolved
Please would you help me
Start over again?
I want to fight hard this time
With you I will set the pace
Be filled with happiness and joy
Love and forgiveness
We are tired of wars and sickness
Thank God you are here now
May you be blessed 2013!


Until we meet again in our next issue, cheers.