Writer starts schools outreach

HARARE - Rising poet Sympathy Sibanda-Mazuruse, who recently published her second publication, a double poetry anthology titled “Celestial Sympathy,” is promoting her work in schools.

Sibanda Mazuruse, whose first poetry anthology titled “Matters of Life” was published in 2009, is determined to use her writing experience to mentor budding writers in schools.

“I believe the greatest investment is in people and the coming of my second publication has inspired me to reach out to budding writers in schools around Harare and later on around Zimbabwe.

“My vision is to encourage and mentor young writers who are a reflection of the person I was before I got the courage to get my work published. I believe every dream can be achieved as long you set your mind to it,” she said.

The first of the schools outreach series, held last Friday at Domboramwari High School, was organised by Writers International Network (WIN) Zimbabwe. Members of the school writers club together with their two patrons and the School head Zondile Ncube attended the event.

Domboramwari High School head hailed Sibanda-Mazuruse for her selflessness and her dedication to the promotion of in-school writing.

“We are very much encouraged by your selflessness and passion for writing. It is not easy setting aside time from your busy schedule to come and have an engagement with us. As a school we also encourage our students to aim for the stars irrespective of their background and we are happy to have luminaries like you coming to inspire us,” Domboramwari High School head said.

During her visit the Epworth School, the poet donated 10 copies of her first publication as part of her efforts to promote writing at the school.

“I am blessed to have a supportive family and a loving husband who influenced and encouraged me to get my work published. Having such pillars is a blessing and I want to inspire the young people out there to aim for the stars. No barrier should limit you and by writing we add value to society through the message we propagate,” she said.

WIN Zimbabwe Director Beaven Tapureta, who is a popular literary critic, urged other writers to emulate Sibanda Mazuruse.

“Humble and selfless writers in the mould of Sibanda-Mazuruse are a rare find and we want to thank her for giving herself for the good of the writing industry in Zimbabwe. We encourage her to continue in the path she has chosen,” he said.

Comments (1)

Inspiring hey. This is really good

Nokuthula Sibanda - 10 October 2016

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