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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 9780797444980
Language English

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Short Writings
from
Bulawayo
Edited by
Jane Morris
‘amaBooksISBN 0-7974-2540-3
ISBN 978-0-7974-4498-0
© 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
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prior permission of the publisher.P r e f a c e
Short Writings from Bulawayo is 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’s Rain in Winter to the
rumbustious energy of Spencer Crewe’s 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.