Valerie Tagwira

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Evening of Uncertainty

In Books, Literature, The Uncertainty of Hope, Writing on September 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Readers and writers who will be in Harare tomorrow might be interested to know that Pamberi Trust and The Book Cafe will be hosting a literary discussion on The Uncertainty of Hope.

The event starts at 5.30 pm and will run til 7.00 pm. Admission is free and open to all.

I am told that guest speakers will include Mai Ruby Magosvongwe.

Penny Yon, one of the event’s coordinators, says the September 18 literary discussion will explore the central issues raised by The Uncertainty of Hope as well as the significance of these issues in contemporary Zimbabwe.

“The value of literature,” she says, “is that it reflects aspects of society and allows deeper scrutiny of lives that may otherwise be impenetrable to readers.”

The event is part of the Pamberi Trust literary discussions that have been taking place at The Book Café for a number of years now.

The discussions bring together readers and writers from across the city and are supported by Weaver Press, Pamberi Trust’s Communications project and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

New Short Fiction Anthology

In Books, Literature, Writing on September 5, 2008 at 1:13 am

Women Writing ZimbabweMore good news.

One of my short stories, “Mainini Grace’s Promise” has been featured in Women Writing Zimbabwe, a new anthology which brings together short fiction from some of the finest contemporary Zimbabwean women writers.

The anthology is made up of 15 short stories and is published by Weaver Press.

Lawrence Hoba, in a review which appears in The Zimbabwean (August 26, 2008) says, “The 15 individual stories in Women Writing Zimbabwe are linked by the common attachment that each has with their country… which has seen many changes and upheavals from colonialism to independence, to the current crisis and the apparent death of democracy.”

Writers who appear in the anthology include Pat Brickhill, Diana Charsley, Petina Gappah, Rumbi Katedza, Wadzanai Mhute, Blessing Musariri, Chiedza Musengezi, Gugu Ndlovu, Mary Ndlovu, Bryony Rheam and Zvisinei Sandi.

On “Mainini Grace’s Promise”, Hoba says: “… please find it in your heart to forgive Sarai for acting the way she did… I know with all the frustrations of a failing economy, a defunct health delivery system and rampaging HIV/AIDS, we can all crack under the strain. What Tagwira achieves in her deeply felt story is to raise our level of awareness and compassion.”