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09 October 2013

WIN-Zimbabwe To Launch Epworth Outreach

Author and Actor Aaron Chiundura Moyo shares a moment with other writers Monica Cheru (middle) and Kudzai Makombe  (left) at the ZIBF 2013 Writers Workshop held at the National Art Gallery on October 5

Writers International Network Zimbabwe (WIN) will officially launch its Epworth Community Outreach Programme on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Domboramwari High School in Epworth from 10am to 1pm with renowned writer and actor Aaron Chiundura Moyo as Guest of Honor.
By engaging the community and school in participative writing skills training workshops, reading workshops, writing competitions, and the creation of new or strengthening of existing writers’ clubs, the outreach hopes to achieve, among other things, a mixed anthology of creative works featuring Epworth writing talent.
Acting as a linking thread between community and school, the outreach is educational in nature, thus encouraging constructive student attitudes, encouraging and promoting reading and writing in both the young and adults.
One of the main highlights of the outreach will be the naming of writers club after departed Zimbabwean writers, such greats as JC Kumbirai, Julius Chingono, Mordekai A Hamutyinei, Solomon Mutsvairo, Patrick Chakaipa, Wilson Chivaura, Dambudzo Marechera to name but a few.
One of the clubs will be named after the late renowned actor and director who was also the Director of Global Arts Trust, Walter L Muparutsa to inspire aspiring actors and script writers in Epworth and possibly beyond. WIN would like to take this as a special way of paying tribute to the man who gave us a place in his heart at 168 Chinhoyi Street where Global Arts Trust is located.
It is our decided trend to name every club which we shall establish across Zimbabwe in future after our legendary departed writers. Linking the aspiring writers’ club to the authors that they love to read motivates the members and encourages both reading and writing. This is also another way of celebrating our writers, poets, playwrights who contributed and/or continue to contribute so much to Zimbabwean literature.
The Epworth Community Outreach Programme is being supported by the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust in Partnership with Sweden.  



Neighbouring exhibitors

 A student asks questions at the WIN stand while her friends fill in membership forms

 WIN volunteer Tawanda Kendenga speaks to a parent about WIN

 A student fills in a WIN membership form 

Mutare-based author and journalist Clever Simbarashe Kavenga at the WIN Stand

 Kids paying attention to a story being read at the Children's Reading Tent hosted by Harare City Library

Maria Ronnas, a school librarian reads a story to kids at the Children's Tent 

 Zimbabwe Women Writers stand displaying many of the books that the persistent organization has published so far

 Njabulo Mbono and Tashinga Manungo of Weaver Press Publishers with some of their books, including the latest collection Writing Lives

 Attendants at the Writers' Collective stand which was initiated by renowned playwright Stephen Chifunyise to serve writers and organisations who wanted to exhibit their works

 Poet and teacher Edwin Msipa taking charge of the Zimbabwe Academic and Non-Fiction Authors (ZANA) stand

 The Metambo News published by International Theatre Institute (Zimbabwe Branch) and Global Arts Trust on display at the WIN Stand

 Matters of Life, a collection of Christian poetry and its accompanying CD by rising Sympathy Sibanda were on sale while other books like African Roar 2010, Tudikidiki, The Polygamist and Shadows by Novuyo Tshuma were on display at the WIN stand to celebrate the growth of WIN networks with Zimbabwe authors

Poet and journalist Tinashe 'Mutumwapavi' Muchuri also paid a visit to our stand

Member of Bulawayo-based traditional dance group doing their thing at the Live Literature Centre

A talented student from Malbereign Girls High belting out marimba tunes at the Live Literature Centre

Rising performance poet and mbira player Trust 'Ticha Muzavazi' Mutekwa spoke about how he started as a poet and went on to perform two of his poems at the Book Cafe as part of an evening of readings by acclaimed Zimbabwe authors and poets

Acclaimed author and film-maker Tsitsi Dangarembga read from her work in progress and also spoke at length about her writing career

Celebrated writer and actor Aaron Chiundura Moyo told the story of his early years as a writer and also played his pen whistle

Renowned writer Shimmer Chinodya read from his collection Can We Talk and Other Stories

The young man who facilitated the formation of the vibrant WORD Writers Club at the Midlands State University, Lisbon 'Babamukuru' Chigwenjere. He brought some of his members to the writers workshop.

Babamukuru flanked by two of WORD Writers Club


WIN-Zimbabwe would like to thank all new writers who joined us and those already members who took part in the Live Literature performances and the Writers' Workshop. Thank you Midlands State University WORD Writers Club. Keep the spirit. Many thanks go to the ZIBF for the support and the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust for making it possible for WIN to exhibit for the first time at the 2013 ZIBF.

Keep Writing!

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