Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Contribution of John Eppel and Julius Chingono to Human Rights Recognised

The work of Zimbabwean poets John Eppel and Julius Chingono has been recognized by the inclusion of their work in Fire in the Soul: 100 Poems for Human Rights, published by New Internationalist, with the support of Amnesty International. There are a hundred poems from a hundred different poets from across the world, published from the beginning of the twentieth century until today. Other poets featured in the collection include Ken Saro-Wiwa, Margaret Atwood, Rita Ann Higgins, Luis Enrique Mej√≠a Godoy and Pablo Neruda. The Director of Amnesty International UK, Kate Allen says that ‘these poems have grown out of horrifying circumstances, yet they succeed in being a heart-warming testament to the resilience and creativity of the human spirit.’

The two poems included are They are picked, by Julius Chingono, from the poetry anthology Intwasa Poetry, and Vendor and Child, by John Eppel, from the collection of short stories and poems, Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe

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