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Saturday the 30 of September 2017 saw the launch of ‘Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories' a recent publication by amaBooks Publishers. The launch was part of the Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo. The book launch featured writers from the anthology in conversation with our very own Tinashe Tafirenyika, a powerful poet, and Dr James Arnett, a Fulbright scholar at NUST, who both mediated the conversation.On the panel were: John Eppel, Mzana Mthimkhulu, Tariro Ndoro and Bryony Rheam. The conversation was very articulate as it delved into the individual writer's purpose of writing. The writers that were on the panel were also asked to comment on the impact of writing in Zimbabwe and being an African writer in the ever dynamic times from pre independence time to now. The writers revealed different aspects of their evolution as a writer. There was a clear desire among the writers that they prefer not to be labelled as black writer, white writer, woman writer, African writer but to be acknowledged as writers. However they all revealed their love and pride for being African and contributing to literature in Zimbabwe, Africa and internationally.
The dialogue about the the writers individual contribution to ‘Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories' was fascinating as it revealed the state of mind of the writer and the state of the context in which their short story was created.
The writers at the National Gallery in Bulawayo for the launch of 'Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories' were John Eppel, Adrian Fairbairn, Mzana Mthimkhulu, Tariro Ndoro and Bryony Rheam. The other writers in the anthology are: Raisedon Baya, Patricia Brickhill, Gamu Chamisa, Joseph Chikowero, Tendai Huchu, Donna Kirstein, Bongani Kona, Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe, Ignatius Mabasa, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, Christopher Mlalazi, Blessing Musariri, Togara Muzanenhamo, Melissa Tandiwe Myambo and Thabisani Ndlovu.