Writer and newspaper editor Monica Cheru led the discussions in the literary evening featuring the work of three writers, Vitalis Nyawayaranda, Tinashe Muchuri and Virginia Phiri on Thursday evening. The event at the Book Café in Harare was organized by the Zimbabwe Writers Association saw the writers read from their works.
Tinashe Muchuri is the former secretary of Zimbabwe Writers Association. He is a performing poet, actor, writer, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Been published in Jakwara reNhetembo (2008), State of the Nation: Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry (2009), War Against War (2010), Visions of Motherland (2010), Daybreak (2010), Defiled Sacredness (2010), Mudengu Munei (2010) and also in the international journals and magazine: Rattlesnake Review, Warwick Review, Cosumnes River Journal, illuminations and his first Shona novel ‘Chibarabada’ will be coming out early next year. He used to write for Writers International Network Zimbabwe blogspot under the column, ‘The Regular Writer’. He took part in short films such as Tanyaradzwa, I want A Wedding Dress, NyamiNyami, Playing Warriors, The Husband, and it the following Television dramas: Suburb D, New Dawn, and Tiriparwendo. Has performed poetry at major platforms such as NGO events, Harare International Festival of the Arts, Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, Dzimbahwe Arts Festival, Chimanimani Arts Festival, Arts Alive International Johannesburg, SADC Poetry Festival in Botswana among others. His first solo project ‘Zvipfuyo navana vazvo’ was published by Bhabhu Books end of 2013.
Vitalis Nyawayaranda is a university professor.
Bulawayo born Virginia Phiri is an accountant by profession who dabbles in the writing thing. Her first book Desperate, in which a woman bites and chews a rival’s ear in a love triangle, was published in 2002. Her second offering in 2006 Destiny was a story about a hermaphrodite girl. She has also co-authoring Zimbabwe Women Writers anthologies in both fiction and non-fiction and in various Orchid journals. Away from the actual writing she was writer-in residency at Le Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland in Summer 2006 and Villa Waldberta in Germany in Summer 2008. His most recent book is the Highway Queen. a collection of five short stories (in English) about the trials and tribulations of women cross boarder traders of Zimbabwe during what has become known generally as ‘the Zimbabwean crisis’.
The three writers read from their works and also interacted with the audience. Monica Cheru anchored the discussion which uncovered the three writers’ varying motivations behind their works. You can check out the images from the evening at the Zimbabwe Writers website.