Short Writings from Bulawayo III launched

Pindai Dube



THE book Short Writings from Bulawayo III which features award- winning writers from Bulawayo was launched at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe ye

sterday.


The organisers of the event, ’amaBooks said the launch, which also included the opening of an art exhibition of pieces inspired by the book, was meant to promote the artists’ work.


The book has 31 short stories and poems all by different writers. It also includes 15 prominent writers who have not been included in Short Writings from Bulawayo I and II, like Caine Prize for African Writing winner Brian Chikwava, Welsh Book of the Year Award winner Owen Sheers, performance dub poet Albert Nyathi and many published for the first time.


Twelve writers whose works also appeared in both of the previous books, M-Net and Ingrid Jonker Award winner John Eppel, Nama winners Deon Marcus, and prominient Bulawayo-based writers Pathisa Nyathi and Judith Maposa, are also included.


Editor of the book, Jane Morris, said the book captures voices of a wide range of writers and features authors who live in Zimbabwe and in the Diaspora.


“This book captures the voices of a wide range of writers who portray, through their different styles and subjects, a society in flux.


“Authors who live in Zimbabwe and in foreign countries like Japan, Holland, and the United Kingdom are included. These writers have spent some time in Zimbabwe and have written about life here,” she said.


Morris also said that the pieces exhibited cover a wide range of topics of concern to present day Zimbabwean relationships, family, poverty, Aids and the struggle to survive the economy and political situation.


Short Writings from Bulawayo I won first prize in the 2005 Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association awards in literature in the English category and Short Writings from Bulawayo II was well received by the public and shortlisted for the National Arts Merit Awards.


The idea for artists producing works inspired by pieces in the book arose out of discussions between ’amaBooks and Visual Artists Association of Bulawayo. Thirty-two artists have produced works based on 32 pieces on the book.


Those who attended the launch listened to readings from books by the authors and viewed the artwork.


Tonight at the Bulawayo National Gallery, further readings and competitions will take place.