LitFest Harare debuts in Zimbabwe.

Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing: Because of this medal we claim you.

With the action having wrapped up in Nigeria with the Ake Festival the literary festival next on our sights has to be LitFest Harare from 27-29 November. The festival will feature writers, critics and readers drawn from around Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Germany and the United Kingdom.

It has been done in conjunction with the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe, Trust Africa, Meikles Foundation, Harare City Library, Book Café, the Zimbabwe-Germany Society and the Berlin Literature Festival.

Some of the people who will be featured include UK-based Zimbabwean writer Stanley Nyamfukudza, Sekai Nzenza, Nozipo Maraire, Ignatius Mabasa, Tom Odhiambo, Robert Muponde, Zukiswa Wanner and Nyamfukudza.

One of the highlights of the whole thing will be when a collection of books belonging to 2007 Nobel laureate Doris Lessing is handed to the Harare City Library. Lessing was born of British parents in Persia (now Iran) in 1919, and moved to Zimbabwe in 1925 so we are very happy to claim her seeing as there are so few Nobel laureates in these parts. That’s in spite of the fact that she moved to the UK in 1949 and died there last year. The Saturday event will be a celebration of her legacy and commemoration of the first anniversary since her passing-on.

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