Friday, July 11, 2014

'amaBooks Writers at the Worlds Literature Festival

Three writers published by 'amaBooks, Togara Muzanenhamo, Owen Sheers and NoViolet Bulawayo, participated in the 2014 Worlds Literature Festival in June in Norwich in the United Kingdom. The five-day event, the 10th such Festival, is organised by the Writers' Centre in Norwich. This year's event featured 37 writers from around the world, including JM Coetzee, Ivan Vladislavic, Julia Franck, Xiaolu Guo, Adam Foulds and John Carey.

Togara Muzanenhamo

Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry anthology with John Eppel, Textures, is to be published by 'amaBooks later this year. Togara has had one collection, Spirit Brides, published by Carcanet in the UK, and another, Gumiguru, is due out by Carcanet later this year.

Owen Sheers
Owen Sheers' poem Drinking with Hitler, set in Zimbabwe, was published by 'amaBooks in Short Writings from Bulawayo III, and his short story Safari in Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe. He has visited Zimbabwe on a number of occasions, including participating in the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo and at the launch of Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun. Owen has won the Wales Book of the Year Award twice: firstly with The Dust Diaries, an account of his discovery of the life of his great uncle, the maverick missionary to Zimbabwe, Arthur Shearley Cripps, and secondly, this year, for his prose poem Pink Mist.
NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo has a short story Snapshots in Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, which has recently been translated by Thabisani Ndlovu as Lokhu lalokhuya-yimpilo leyo! in Siqondephi Manje? Indatshana zaseZimbabwe. NoViolet won the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing and her debut novel We Need New Names has won several literary awards, including the Etisalat Prize, and has been shortlisted for others, including the Man Booker Prize.

Photos courtesy of Writers Centre Norwich