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Short Writings from Bulawayo

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Short Writings from Bulawayo won the Literature in English category at the 2005 Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association awards. It is a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces that are evocative of Zimbabwe's second city and its rural surroundings. The collection from 23 contributors tells of many things: of family and friendship, or fear and death, or witches and spirits, of hunger and drought, of dreams and aspirations, of leaving home and leaving Zimbabwe, of queues and loneliness, of football and bicycles and of growing old and of love. A unifying theme of many of the stories and poems is loss - of innocence, of purpose, of love, of culture, of belonging, and of life.

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Published 15 August 2003
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EAN13 9780797443310
Language English
Document size 1 MB

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Short Writings
from
Bulawayo
Edited by Jane Morris
’amaBooks
ISBN 0-7974-2540-3
This collection: ’amaBooks, 2003
Each contribution remains the copyright of the author
Published by ’amaBooks P.O. Box AC1066, Ascot, Bulawayo email: amabooks@gatorzw.com
Cover painting by Anne Simone Hutton
’amaBooks would like to express their thanks to HIVOS for making this publication possible.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.
Preface
Short Writings from Bulawayois a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces. The collection tells of many things: of family and friendship, of fear and death, of witches and spirits, of hunger and drought, of dreams and aspirations, of leaving home and leaving Zimbabwe, of queues and loneliness, of football and bicycles, of growing old and of love. A unifying theme of many of the stories and poems is loss – of innocence, of purpose, of love, of culture, of belonging, of life. A reflection of our times. Most of the writings are set in the homes, streets and bars of present day Bulawayo, or in the surrounding rural areas. We also get a glimpse through the eyes of the writers into the lives of different people at different times – from Makokoba in the 1920s, through Thorngrove of the 1950s to rural Matabeleland in the 1960s and 1980s. The collection takes us from the elegiac quality of John Eppel’sRain in Winterthe rumbustious energy of Spencer Crewe’s to The Little House; from the scholarly writing of Terence Ranger to the fertile imaginations of Christopher Mlalazi and Farai Mpofu. Some of the stories and poems will make you sad and some will make you smile. The pieces were chosen for their good writing, but also to reflect and celebrate the diversity of life in and around the City of Bulawayo. The inspiration for the book was to give voice to new writers who might otherwise be unheard and, through their writing, to bring together the different communities that make up Bulawayo – to show that there is more to unite us than to divide us.
Shadows
White Man Walking
The Little House
Evil That Fathers Do
Longings
Ever Smart
The Hand of Darkness
Bush Cucumber
The Bar
The Queue
Rain in Winter
The Witch
The Erl–king
True Love
Man in Stocking
A Seed of Hope
Contents
Godfrey M. Sibanda
John Eppel
Spencer Crewe
Mathew Chokuwenga
Judy Maphosa
Pete Hutton
Christopher Mlalazi
Anne Simone Hutton
Tawanda Chipato
Bryony Rheam
John Eppel
Farai Mpofu
Deon Marcus
Mzana Mthimkhulu
Anne Simone Hutton
Masimba Manyonga
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Reverie on a Dark Beauty
Bicycles and the Social History of Bulawayo
The Boxing Day Clashes of 1929
One Man’s View of the World
Developing Rhodes’ Grave
On a Day Like This
Grandfather’s Birthday
Bhalagwe
Mtagati Mkulu
Prima Donna
The Apple Tree
Tuli
Contributors
John S. Read
Terence Ranger
Pathisa Nyathi
A.D.C. Hyland
Jackson Ndlovu
Bhekilizwe Dube
Shirley Tarr
Shari Eppel
Derek Huggins
Deon Marcus
Deon Marcus
Pete Hutton
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