Valerie Tagwira

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Featured Author: African Books Collective

In Awards, Books, Interviews, Links, Literature, Reviews, The Uncertainty of Hope, Writing on February 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm

africanbookscollective.gifI have just found out I’m on the African Books Collective’s home page. There is an article on the page about The Uncertainty of Hope winning the National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) for Outstanding Fiction. The article carries links to the ABC’s Uncertainty of Hope book page as well as links to my very own page on the site.

This is all brilliant and exciting news.

I like the way The Uncertainty of Hope book page is laid out. The page talks about the book and has some biographical details. It has also got sections that link to reviews of the book that have been published so far as well as links to interviews I’ve given that have appeared on and on the BBC’s Africa Beyond site. There’s also a downloadable excerpt from the novel and the page gives Shimmer Chinodya’s novel, Strife, as an example of a related book.


Interview: Wealth of Ideas [Blog]

In Awards, Books, Interviews, Literature, The Uncertainty of Hope, Writing on February 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Valerie Tagwira Wins the NAMA award [updated February 18]
Emmanuel Sigauke, Wealth of Ideas, February 14, 2008.

Valerie Tagwira’s first novel, The Uncertainty of Hope, has won the NAMA award for best fiction. The awards ceremony, held on February 13 at the 7 Arts Theatre in Harare, Zimbabwe brought together seasoned and new artists.

The nominees of Outstanding Fiction Book were: White Man Crawling by John Eppel; The Uncertainty of Hope by Valerie Tagwira and Tears of Water by Christopher Gwata.

Valerie Tagwira has touched the hearts of many readers worldwide with her first novel, which has, to use Joyce Carol Oates’s terms, provoked, disturbed, and aroused our emotions about life in contemporary Zimbabwe. Some readers have begun to request that the author start work on a sequel.

Valerie Tagwira talks about the Award:

Sigauke: What does this award mean to you, considering that this recognition of your work has come this early into your career?

Tagwira: The award means that The Uncertainty of Hope is being accepted and recognised as an outstanding work of literature. I am pleased and I feel honoured.

I hope that receiving this award will translate into wider readership and distribution. This is important to me because when I set out to write The Uncertainty of Hope, my aim was to highlight a host of issues that affect women and their families in the political, social and economic climate that is prevailing in Zimbabwe.

I also wanted to show how decisions that are made at the top by the authorities can sometimes work against the interests of the ordinary man, woman and child.

Hopefully, this award means that the message which drives The Uncertainty of Hope will reach a much wider audience.

Also,this award is symbolic to me as a victory for the women who live under very difficult conditions, like the ones around whom The Uncertainty of Hope is centred; women who wake up at 3 a.m. and go to bed at midnight, doing back-breaking work just to keep their families fed.

Sigauke: Some readers have shown interest in reading a sequel. Do you think there is a possibility of extending the story into a sequel?

Tagwira: I don’t think I will write a sequel. However, there are themes that I started exploring in The Uncertainty of Hope that I would like to pick up and develop further. There are also characters that I would like to look at again and see if I can tell their stories from another angle.

Sigauke: Although you lead a busy life as a medical doctor, you have extended the scope of your art to include short stories (and poetry). Do you see this trend growing? What can the readers expect from you next?

Tagwira: I am going to continue writing. With the short stories for example, one has been featured in the Dec/Jan 2008 volume of African Writing Online. Another is going to appear in a 2008 anthology by Weaver Press, and I have other short stories that are in various stages of completion.

I am also going to keep writing poetry but I am not sure how much of it I will be submitting anywhere because it is the most personal form of writing that I am doing at present.

‘The Uncertainty of Hope’ wins NAMA award

In Awards, Books, Literature, The Uncertainty of Hope, Writing on February 14, 2008 at 6:42 pm

naclogo.jpgThe Uncertainty of Hope has won this year’s National Arts Merit Award for literature.

The novel scooped first prize in the Award’s Outstanding Fiction Book category, ahead of White Man Crawling by John Eppel and Tears of Water by Christopher Gwata.

Coming Home by Olley Tsino Maruma took the Outstanding First Creative Published Work award, beating Echoes Of Young Voices by Various Young Authors and The New Voices Magazine edited by Aleck Kaposa.

The Woodcutter by Enock Chihombori won the Outstanding Children’s Book award, ahead of Bingo The Greedy Dog by Maxwell Mutami and Mashiripiti Edehwe RaRungano by Simbarashe Kavenga.

The NAMA awards are Zimbabwe’s equivalent of the Oscars and honour artists who would have excelled in various arts genres. They have been running since 2002 and are administered by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.