Prominent writers to grace reading event

HARARE - Prominent Zimbabwean writers will grace the reading event slated for the Book Café in Harare tomorrow.

The reading event is organised by the Zimbabwe Writers Association (ZWA) and is set to bring prominent writers, Vitalis Nyawaranda, Virginia Phiri and Tinashe Muchuri to the capital’s arts hub.

Nyawaranda has been writing and publishing variably in Shona and English since 1979. He has written over 12 novels including popular titles like The Swinging Graduate (1995), Mutunhu Une Mago, (1985) and Ndiani Acharima Gura? (1990). He has also written plays and poems.

He is currently with the University of Zimbabwe’s department of Curriculum and Arts.

Phiri is an accomplished writer and accountant. She is also an expert on African orchids, especially the Zimbabwean varieties. Her first solo book, Desperate, was published in 2002 followed by Destiny in 2006.

Her third book, Highway Queen, was published in 2010.

Desperate is a collection of stories about prostitutes. It is a subject close to Phiri’s heart as she was housed and protected by a group of prostitutes in the mid-1970s when she was in danger as a result of her activism during the Second Chimurenga.

Muchuri is a writer at a local magazine and former secretary general of the ZWA. He is a performing poet, actor and writer.

His poems are studied widely in Zimbabwean schools as they appear in many anthologies. Some of them are; Jakwara reNhetembo (2008), State of the Nation: Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry (2009) and Mudengu Munei (2010).

He features in various films including Tanyaradzwa, I want A Wedding Dress and NyamiNyami.

He also appeared in television dramas including Suburb D, New Dawn, and Tiriparwendo.

He is set to release his debut novel called Chibarabada in the new year.

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