Monday, July 19, 2010

The Stephen Chifunyise Thatre Arts Festival

The 'Stephen Chifunyise Theatre Arts Festival' held at the University of Zimbabwe’s Beit Hall on 6 July 2010 to celebrate Chifunyise's work was a wonderful idea. Chifunyise has been involved in top Zimbabwe drama for over three decades now. For me, his major works are Two Angry Young Men, Wedding Night, Intimate Affairs, Muramu,Waiting for Constitution and Heal the Wounds. The last two are currently on a national tour after showing at the Theatre in the Park.There was enactment of excerpts of key scenes from a cross section of Chifunyise drama and various testimonies by people who have worked with the playwright and scholar. The man sat there, humbly and quietly picking his teeth with what appeared like a matchstic.Many thanks to the Theatre Arts Department (UZ)for coming up with this idea.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2010

THEME : “Promoting Cross Cultural Dialogue ”
ZIBFA invites all interested parties to participate in the special six-day event as follows:

“EXHIBITION” Venue: Harare Gardens, Julius Nyerere Way

ADMISSION FREE!!! to the Exhibition
Dates: 29 July – 31 July 2010
Time: 1000 – 1700hrs

“INDABA” Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel : By Registration

Day 1: 26 July 2010 0815 - 1700hrs

 Constitutional Rights and Culture……………………………...
 School Syllabi, Technology and Culture……………………….
 Publishing and Marketing…………..…………………………..
 Intellectual Property and Copyright …………………………..

Day 2: 27 July 2010 0830 - 1700hrs

 Globalisation, Media and Culture…………………………….
 Language, Literature and Cross Cultural Dialogue…………
 Medicine and Culture…………………………………………..
 MDGs Religion and Culture…………………………………...

“Young Persons Indaba”!!!
Date: 28 July 2010 By Registration
0900 - 1700hrs at Crowne Plaza Hotel

Will focus on developing the skills of authorship

If you wish to participate please register for the workshops by 20 July to avoid disappointment!!

1000 - 1600hrs 29 July – 31 July 2010 ADMISSION FREE!!!

For further details contact us at ZIBFA on: 04 702104, 704112, 702108and 702129 Email :

*** NB: This note has been inserted by the ZIBF events coordinator in Harare

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More pictures from the book donation

Virginia Phiri in the library boardroom
Zimunya gives a vote of thanks as Ms Chimuka and I listen

Library and academic staff at the book presentation

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Virginia Phiri donates copies of her books to University of Zimbabwe library

On 1 July 2010, Zimbabwean writer, Virginia Phiri donated copies of all her books (including the latest, Highway Queen) to the University of Zimbabwe library. It was a brief but memorable session attended by some library and academic staff members including poet and University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Musaemura Zimunya. Ms Y.Chimuka, head of the library Reader Service division, received the books on behalf of the library(above)

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Indaba draft program for 2010

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Indaba draft program for 2010 (below). As usual, the INDABA will run along the major Book Fair from Monday 26 July to Saturday 31 July. The ZIBFA Indaba is an annual Conference which is the major forum for debating critical issues to the book industry in Africa. It is also a unique national platform for networking and collaboration among stakeholders.)



THEME: Promoting Cross Cultural Dialogue

08:00 - 08:30 Arrival & Registration
ZIBFA Secretariat

Chairperson: Greenfield Chilongo

08:15 -09:00 Welcoming Remarks and Official Opening: ZIBFA Chairperson

Chair: Ruby Magosvongwe

09:00 - 09:45 Key note paper on the THEME: Promoting Cross Cultural Dialogue.

Speaker: Mrs Angeline S. Kamba

First Session: Constitutional Rights and Culture

Chair: Pathisa Nyathi

09:45 - 10:05 Justice Rita Makarau (JA)

10:05 - 10:25 Emmanuel Magade

10:25 - 10:45 Discussion

10:45 ? 11:15 TEA BREAK

Chairperson: Ruby Magosvongwe

11:15 - 12:00 OPENING CEREMONY
Culture Fund representative
Minister of Education, Arts, Sport and Culture
British Council
Norwegian embassy

Second Session: School Syllabi, Technology and Culture

Chair: Prof Rosemary Moyana

12:00 - 12:20 Pharaoh Joseph Mavhunga

12:20 - 12:40 Ellen Machingaidze

12:40 - 13:00 Dr. Xavier Carelse

13:00 -13:15 Discussion

13:15 ? 14:15 LUNCH BREAK

Third Session: Publishing and Marketing

Chair: Murray McCartney

14:15 - 14:35 Ndai Nyamakura

14:35 - 14:55 Jane Katjavivi / Akossi Afori Mensah

14:55 - 15:10 Discussion

15:10 - 15:25 TEA BREAK

Fourth: Session: Intellectual Property & Copyright

Chair: Greenfield Chilongo

15:25 - 16:45 Witness Zhangazha

16:45 - 16:05 Sara Moyo

16:05 - 16:30 Discussion

16:30 Closing Remarks
Cletus Ngwaru


27 July 2010 DAY TWO

08:30 ? 08:45 Registration
ZIBFA Secretariat

08:45 - 08:50 Welcoming remarks
Prof Z.Gambahaya

Fifth Session: Globalisation, Media and Culture

Chairperson: William Chikoto

08:50 - 09:10 Prof. Helge Ronning

09:10 - 09:30 Dr. Dumisani Moyo

09:30 - 09:50 Dr. Rino Zhuwarara

09:45 - 10:00 Discussion

10:00 - 10:20 TEA BREAK

Chairperson: Jerry Zondo

Sixth Session: Language, Literature and Cross Cultural Dialogue

10:20 - 10:35 Prof. Herbert Chimhundu

10:35 - 10:55 Dr. Ali Mathonsi

10:55 - 11:10 Dr Itai Muhwati

11:20 - 11:40 Dr. Reuben Chirambo

11:40 - 12:00 Discussion

Seventh Session: Medicine and Culture

12:00 - 12:20 Dr. Duri

12:20 - 12:40 Dr. Chirenje

12:40 - 12:55 Discussion

12:55 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

Eight Session: MDGs Religion and Culture

Chairperson: Nondo Simon

14:00 - 14:20 Dr. Charles Mugaviri

14:20 - 14:40 Mr. Fred Gweme

14:40 - 15:00 Prof. Ezra Chitando

15:00 - 15:20 Prof. Maurice Vambe

15:20 - 15:45 Discussion

15:45 - 16:00 TEA BREAK

Ninth: Session: Indaba sum up : Rapporteur

16:00 - 16:30 Musaemura Zimunya

16:30 Closing Remarks
Ruby Magosvongwe

18:00 - 20:00 Book Merit Awards managed by the Zimbabwe Book
Publishers Association (ZBPA)

Wednesday 28 July 2010


Venue: Crown Plaza

Chairperson: Stephen Chifunyise

09: 00 - 09:10 Opening remarks: ZIBFA Chair person Cletus Ngwaru

09:10 - 09:45 Keynote Speakers: Shimmer Chinodya and/ Barbara Nkala

09:45 - 10:00 Discussion by Panel

10:00 - 10:30 TEA BREAK

10:30 - 11:45 Break Away Groups

Theatre: E. Vutuza
Short stories:
Novel: Ignatius Mabasa
Script and Film: Tsitsi Dangarembga
Performance Poetry: Albert Nyathi / Chirikure Chirikure
Writing Poetry:
Indigenous literature: Elvas Mari

11:45 - 13:00 Report back and Plenary Discussions

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 16:30 Theatre in the Park: to stage of the two plays by Stephen Chifunyise -
Heal the wounds and / Waiting for a new Constitution?

16:30 Closing remarks & END

Friday, July 2, 2010

Virginia Phiri's new book: 'Highway Queen'

‘Highway Queen’ is a collection of five short stories (in English) which are individual but related as in Miguel Street. It was published by Coral Sevices in Zimbabwe this 2010. Virginia Phiri chronicles the trials and tribulations of women cross boarder traders of Zimbabwe during what has become known generally as ‘the Zimbabwean crisis’. You find here desperate women at the boarder posts, scheming and scheming. Sometimes they are ensnared and raped for a free ride on the long distance trucks. But on a good day, they snatch little but sweet victories in order to feed their unsuspecting husbands and children. They bail out families from hunger and certain death. ‘Desperate,’ Virginia’s first book, in which a woman bites and chews a rival's ear in a love triangle, was published in 2002. Her second book ‘Destiny’, a story about a hermaphrodite girl, appeared in 2006. Virginia’s works include co-authoring Zimbabwe Women Writers anthologies in both fiction and non fiction and in various Orchid journals. She was writer-in residency at Le Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland in Summer 2006 and Villa Waldberta in Germany in Summer 2008. She is also an Accountant by profession and is also an African Orchid expert. Orders: