Busy month for Zimbabwean poet

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwean poet Togara Muzanenhamo who this month completes his reading tour of the United Kingdom will publish Textures, a collaboration with renowned poet John Eppel.

Amabooks co-director Brian Jones told the Daily News on Sunday that Textures, is set to be published in Bulawayo under AmaBooks Publishers, while Gumiguru is to be published in the United Kingdom by Carcanet Press.

The reading tour in the United Kingdom started on October 1 at The Barbican Library, London, in celebration of National Poetry Day.

It is at the same event that officially launched Gumiguru.

Textures, Jones said would be launched in Zimbabwe at the beginning of next month at a venue and date to be advised.

Other events involving Togara include readings at the Ilkley Festival at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and at Graves Gallery in Sheffield as part of the Off the Shelf Festival.

Jones said this will be complementing the National Portrait Gallery’s “Picture the Poet” exhibition.

“Togara is no stranger to participating in events in the United Kingdom.

He was the Zimbabwe representative at Poetry Parnassus, “the biggest gathering of poets in the world history where he read at the gala event with Seamus Heaney, Bill Manhire, Kay Ryan and Wole Soyinka at the Royal Festival Hall in London,” said Jones.

He said Togara recently participated in the Worlds Literature Festival in Norwich.

His first collection of poems, Spirit Brides was also published by Carcanet Press, in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

“The Times Literary Supplement welcomed the poet as a young writer of solid distinction.

“Carcanet published Spirit Brides in the same year as they published Chinua Achebe’s Collected Poems.”

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