John Eppel has won the Literature Award at the 2012 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards, announced in London on Saturday 28 April, for his short story Triptych.
John won the MNet Prize for his first novel DGG Berry's The Great North Road and the Ingrid Jonker Award for his first poetry collection Spoils of War. His second novel, Hatchings, published by 'amaBooks in 2004, was shortlisted for the MNet Prize and was selected for the Times Literary Supplement series on 'the most significant novel to have come out of Africa'.
His other publications with 'amaBooks include the novels The Curse of the Ripe Tomato and The Holy Innocents, the short writings collections The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and White Man Crawling, and his most recent publication, Together, stories and poems by John and the late Julius Chingono.
John has also had stories and poems in Short Writings from Bulawayo I, II and III and in Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, five poems in Intwasa Poetry and a short story in Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe. His work is being increasingly studied at postgraduate level in universities in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.
Prior to the establishment of 'amaBooks, we were involved with John in the publication of John Eppel Selected Poems 1965-1995, all proceeds from which were donated to help establish the children's charity Childline in Bulawayo.