An extract of an interview of Memory Chirere by Emmanuel Sigauke, from www.munyori.com
You have published two collections of short stories, and you have also published poetry. What are you working on currently? In the past you have argued that Southern Africa's area of expertise is the short story. Do you still believe so, and can you clarify this position?
Currently, I am reading what others have just published. I want to go like that for a stretch. I am reading Petina Gappah’s An Elegy for Easterly. I think she is wonderful. Her descriptions of childhood reminds me of Shimmer Chinodya. Her very honest oral touch reminds me of Chenjerai Hove, especially Ancestors and her story about a mad law student has Vera’s intensity. My comment should not make Petina cry! I have just read Long Time Coming and I think that you have in there the immensely fresh and talented writers like Judy Maposa, Sandisile Tshuma, Linda Msebele and Thabisani Ndlovu who leave you wondering, even crying: where have these gems been hibernating all along? Very soon I will be reading Harare North by Brian Chikwava. I have also just read Wonder Guchu’s new short story book, ‘My Children, My Home’. I do not know why he does not do many copies of it. It is very simply written that you realise it was not easy to write. The kind of feeling you have when you look into a tank of very clear waters that you see to the bottom. I still believe that Zimbabwe is a short country.