Book explores childhood to adult life challenges

HARARE - A budding author and poet believes children face several challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood, highlighting the importance of education.

Tabeth Ruvarashe Munyonga expresses her views in her debut release titled Passage of Life which combines a poetry anthology, a play and short stories.

It is unusual for an artist to combine poetry and short stories in the same text as most artists prefer to go for a single genre.

She also expresses the importance of education and Christian life which she believes is the ultimate answer to all the troubles of life.

Some of the poems explore the life at school, with a tribute to her former headmaster at Daramombe High, titled To Sir, With Love.

She also touches on several societal issues such as prostitution.

“The book is a collection of poems, short stories and a play that explore the challenges and emotions that young children experience as they walk through the passage from childhood to adulthood particularly the girl child.

“It expresses the importance of education, experiences of love and pain, the joys and frustrations of growing up as well as how faith helps overcome the troubles of life,” she said.

She said she used to take writing as a hobby before being encouraged to pursue it as a career.

“My coach, James, saw the talent in me and told me it was more than just a hobby but a talent that I had been under-utilising,” she said.

Munyonga says there are other projects in the pipeline, as work on five books is already in progress.

Speaking on the decision to combine poetry and short stories, Munyonga said; “It was actually my editor, Philip Chidavaenzi’s idea but later on, I realised it’s a convenient package for readers.

“Those who love poetry can enjoy the poems and story lovers will enjoy the stories then it’s a bargain to those who love both,” she said.

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