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'Together' one of 'The Best Books of the Mugabe Years'

Together: Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel has been chosen by Sarah Ladipo Manyika for her list of the ten best books of the Mugabe years.She comments: 'In some ways, the two authors featured in this collection could not be more different: Chingono, now deceased, was a black Zimbabwean who worked as a rock blaster in the mines, whereas Eppel is a white Zimbabwean who taught English
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Remembering Julius Chingono, 6 years gone

 Tired FeetA man arrivedin a park,kicked off shoelace-less shoesfrom his fetid feet.Tired feet stared at a notice written –‘stay off the grass’.Lush grass sneezed,the smell of dirty feetchoked its shoots.The legs bent and creaked –we cannot go further.The man droppedto sleep on an empty stomach.and then there was his humour...DrunkIn the photographI was so drunkthat I would stagger
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'Long Time Coming' reviewed in the Herald - from a very different perspective

‘Long Time Coming’ : hope and the role of the artist January 26, 2015 Features, Opinion & Analysis@ the Bookstore With Elliot Ziwira in The Herald, Zimbabwehttp://www.herald.co.zw/long-time-coming-hope-and-the-role-of-the-artist/“LONG Time Coming” (2008), edited by Jane Morris and published by amaBooks, chronicles the mundane and sordid experiences of the common man, as he stoically
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Together reviewed in Harare News

Together celebrates the writing of two of Zimbabwe’s veteran authors, the late Julius Chingono and John Eppel. In Together, the Bulawayo-based publishers, ’amaBooks bridge the gulf between the black and white literary traditions. Interestingly, it is the crisis of the past decade that seems to have revealed elements of shared experience across racial lines.Chingono brings a distinctive
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Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe reviewed in Harare News

http://www.hararenews.co.zw/2014/07/long-time-coming-short-writings-from-zimbabwe/There is more to Zimbabwe than is often portrayed in the media. I recently came across the collection of short stories and poems Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, there are contributions from thirty-three writers and, although there are pieces about squalor, poverty and the desperate lives of people,
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'Together' reviewed by Mbongeni Malaba in the English Academy Review

Combining the poems and short stories of the late Julius Chingono and John Eppel, the book, Together, focuses principally on the trials and tribulations of Zimbabweans during the last decade or so. Chingono read his poetry at the Poetry International Festival in the Netherlands and at Poetry Africa in Durban. The title, Together, resonates with significance: the racially charged atmosphere
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Telling Zim story through literature

 from Daily News. Sunday May 19, 2013BULAWAYO‑BASED co‑director of amaBooks Publishers Brian Jones believes they have made a contribution to Zimbabwe's literature industry for the past decade despite a decade of economic hardships in the country.AmaBooks is one of the few publishing houses in the country that have given space to both upcoming and established writers and the
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'Together' reviewed in the Mid-West Book Review

  http://www.midwestbookreview.com/lbw/jul_11.htmWith nothing in common, they find they have everything in common. "Together" is a collection of short fiction from Julius Chingono & John Eppel, two writers in Zimbabwe who come together to share different world perspectives, united in their disgust at the abuse of power for greed and hopes for their people. A fine assortment
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Narrating the Zimbabwean nation: a conversation with John Eppel

John Eppel interviewed in Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in AfricaVolume 17. Issue 1, 2012AbstractIn this interview, John Eppel, a veteran of Zimbabwean writing, confirms his reputation as an “angry jester”, determined to expose what he describes as “humbug”, wherever he sees it. With his satires, Eppel has stirred the national literature with subversive laughter, ridiculing both Rhodesian
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Togara Muzanenhamo to represent Zimbabwe at "the biggest gathering of poets in world history".

Togara Muzanenhamo has been chosen to represent Zimbabwe at what is being called the biggest gathering of poets in world history, the 2012 Poetry Parnassus in London, where it is hoped a poet will participate from each of the countries taking part in the London Olympics. Togarastudied in France and The Netherlands. After his studies he returned to Zimbabwe and worked as a journalist,
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Liesl Jobson reviews 'Together'

‘Together’ is perhaps the most remarkable book I’ve read in the last year, lending credence to the certainty that stories insist on being told, especially those stories that the authorities deny. Published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press [in South Africa, by the University of New Orleans Press in North America and by amaBooks in Zimbabwe and elsewhere], ‘Together’ is a collection
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Mgcini Nyoni

Insanity Insanity istrudging the sameold pathbearing the sameold wordsin searchof the sameold poisoned wellthat has ledto the growthof the ARV industry For Julius ChingonoPoem reproduced with the permission of Mgcini Nyoni. The poem was read, as were the other poems on this blog entitled Tribute to Julius Chingono, at the tribute to Julius in Harare organised by the Embassy of Spain to Zimbabwe.
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Mbizo Chirasha

Tribute to African Writers For I wrote so long a letter to Mayombe and Anowa That I will marry when I want For the beautiful ones are not yet born While we wait for the rain In the coming of the dry season Behind the anthills of savannah, Milking the cows of Shambati, gathering good bits of wood, And the fortunes of Wangarini, in the forests with a thousand demons A sleep walking
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - From Murray McCartney

A passage: Had it not been for the shortage of mealie-meal caused by the shortage of land that we were in the process of repossessing, we would have drunk our alcohol on stomachs full of sadza, thick white sadza, and we would not have been as wasted as we were. Sovereignty had replaced sadza. Alcohol taken on a stomach full of sovereignty tended to make us aggressive. Vintage
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Virginia Phiri

Ode to Julius Chingono Death a thief that steals right in front of our eyes Without Fear Remorse Or Shame We could sell the earth to get your last Performance Laugh And Dance Julius, fly higher and higher till you touch the heavens
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Chirikure Chirikure

For all seasons (to Julius Chingono) little, innocent souls receive with bright smiles right at the peak of summer wonderful presents from loved ones clothing in right designs and colours but turning out to be meant for winter little, innocent souls spend days, weeks and months praying that their bodies don’t grow big and that seasons move fast and smooth bringing along
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Tinashe Muchuri

A few words are enough I first met Julius Chingono in 1989 in the book NHETEMBO doing my ‘O’ level Shona. I fell in love with his poetry right away. I wished to meet him in the future. I wanted to ask what inspired him to write such witty pieces. It was in 2003 that I finally met Julius when he was an editor for a Norton based creative writing magazine, The New Voice Magazine. I later
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Fungai Machirori

Grief is not… by Fungai Machirori Grief is not brief, It does not fleet past your eyes like a blinding light dazing your world for just one second; one nanosecond ticking backwards in the clockwork of your mind; Grief does not tick then tock then tip-toe back into the dark like a guilty thief; for grief feels no guilt, just greed that devours the light, eats
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Comrade Fatso

Judza by Comrade Fatso His was a way Of a scattering of crumbs That outlined the loaf That was once there. A young clerk. A girl child. A beggar. With limited time In a hurried world To say their piece The small sentences Allowed to small people To speak of the powerful Slogans were not his way But he inspired his own That followed him Like a short, sharp poem
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Homage to a great poet

From The Financial GazetteFriday, 10 February 2012 http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/weekend-gazette/11477-homage-to-a-great-poet.htmlThe Embassy of Spain yesterday hosted an event to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of one of Zimbabwe's great poets, Julius Chingono. The event, held in the Theatre in the Park in the Harare Gardens, was attended by family and friends of the late author
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'Waiting for the Bus': John Eppel's tribute to Julius Chingono

A tribute to Julius Chingono from John Eppel (published in Sonata for Matabeleland (Snailpress and Baobab Books, 1995) and in John Eppel, Selected Poems 1965-1995 (Childline, 2001))WAITING FOR THE BUSAll along the road from Bulawayoto Gwanda or Matopos or Vic Falls;at bus-stops, lay-bys, under shadeless trees,the people wait beside their bundled things.All day long they wait, and sometimes all nighttoo,
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Zim's collective memory, conscience preserved in 'Together'

The Financial Gazette, Friday, 13 January 2012 11:48 Review by Diana Rodriguez Modern African writers and poets, like the griots or praise poets in earlier times, hold a special place in society. While the job of the griot was to give praise to the traditional chief of the tribe, by virtue of his important position, the griot was able to throw in a fair amount of criticism, without
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A Review of 'Together: Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel'

Reviewed by Emmanuel Sigauke on Wealth of IdeasOne question I remember asking in the late eighties and early nineties in Zimbabwe is: Where are all the white writers? I could easily have concluded that Zimbabwe had no white writers, or that white Zimbabweans could not write. But I remembered that when I started school in the 70s, before Zimbabwe's independence, I had read stories and poems by white
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The first anniversary of Julius Chingono's death

Sadly, Julius Chingono died on 2 January 2011, before the publication of Together: stories and poems by Julius and John Eppel.In this video, John reads Julius' poem No Funeral - recorded during the South African launch of Together at Lobby Books in Cape Town.
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John Eppel and Julius Chingono’s Together nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Together, which features stories and poems by John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono, was co-published earlier this year by ’amaBooks of Bulawayo, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the University of New Orleans Press. The Pushcart Prize, published every year since 1976, is considered the most honoured literary project in America. It is a prize for the best “poetry, short fiction, essays
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WordsEtc Review of Together

Review by Thabisani NdlovuIn a groundbreaking joint publication project involving two Zimbabwean writers (one black and the other white), as well as three publishers, Together reflects the innovation that went into this collaboration, emerging as a refreshing and highly symbolic text. It presents short stories and poems by two veteran writers, disturbing the racial and political polarities that have
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Long Time Coming Review, from www.examiner.com

New African Writing: [A] Long Time Coming Rosetta Codling, European Literary Scene Examiner http://www.examiner.com/european-literary-scene-in-national/new-african-writing-a-long-time-coming-review September 24, 2011 Title: Long Time Coming, 'amaBooks Publishers, 2009 Edited by: Jane Morris Synopsis: Jane Morris assembles another collection of short stories from the best contemporary
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Conversations with Writers: John Eppel and Together

Conversations with WritersPresents interviews with writers, publishers and literary activists.John Eppel http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2011/09/interview2-john-eppel.htmlJohn Eppel is a teacher, an award-winning poet, short story writer and novelist.His books include the poetry collections, Spoils of War (The Carrefour Press, 1989) and Songs My Country Taught Me (Weaver Press, 2005)
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Together, reviewed on www.panorama.co.zw

Together By Julius Chingono & John Eppel(http://www.panorama.co.zw/index.php/home/34-panorama-news/96-together-by-julius-chingono-a-john-eppel-.html) Published by ‘amabooks in Zimbabwe and Europe, and in South Africa by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Published in North America by UNO Press and distributed by National Book Network. Together is a collection of short stories and poems that
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Together, reviewed in The Witness

Poignant African stories Celebrating resilience From The Witness, August 6 2011 Together: Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel The stories and poems in this brilliant volume will hit you in the gut with horror even as you relish their intelligent analysis and cogent wit.They are written by two very different Zimbabwean writers, one a black former rock-blaster from the mines
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The John Eppel (Together) Interview, with Rosetta Codling

From: http://www.examiner.com/european-literary-scene-in-national/the-john-eppel-together-interview*Fascinating note: John Eppel is the author of Hatchings (2006), White Man Crawling (2007), Absent: The English Teacher (2009), and other works. He is a poet, novelist, short story writer, and teacher. He resides in his beloved homeland Zimbabwe. The latest contribution of Eppel to the literary scene
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Zimbabwe's literary kinsmen: Together, part II

Together: Stories and Poems, 2011, (http://www.amazon.com/Together-Stories-Poems-Julius-Chingono/dp/160801049X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310170265&sr=1-2) Authors: Julius Chingono and John Eppel *Part II of a review of the collection Together **Fascinating note: Together is a collection of works authored by John Eppel and Julius Chingono. Earlier, I reviewed Julius Chingono’s
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Zimbabwe's literary kinsmen: Together

From the National European Literary Scene: Examiner.com(http://www.examiner.com/european-literary-scene-in-national/zimbabwe-s-literary-kinsmen-together-review)Part I –Julius Chingono and the text Together Genres: Poetry and short stories in one collection Literary Elements: Irony, imagery, simile, pathos Comfort Level: Easy reading (*but…be not deceived) Synopsis: This collection permits
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Together launched in Bulawayo - from The Mail

The Mail online reports the Bulawayo launch of John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono's story and poem collection Together.http://www.mailonline.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1016:together-launched-in-bulawayo&catid=93:books&Itemid=1108
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Chingono & Eppel Come Together in Print (from Zimbo Jam)

When the late Julius Chingono met John Eppel at the Intwasa Arts Festival in 2007, an instant bond of friendship began to form and the two writers decided to work on a collaborative project. That project will be launched in Bulawayo this afternoon and unfortunately only one of the two contributors will be there to witness it.Chingono, who died in January this year, will not be there to see this latest
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Through the Eyes of Julius

THROUGH THE EYES OF JULIUS In memory of Julius Chingono(passed on 02.01.11)We were miniscule caricaturesSplit between the rims of his glassesEach one of usStuffed shirts and too seriousTo gather laughter in our strideHe stitched simple paisleysOn our foreheadsThat told the worldWe were “tighter thanthief’s anus”All we needed was just a fartTo remind us we are humanAfter all.By Batsirai E Chigama04.01.2011
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Joseph Chikowero reviews 'Together'

Together Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel ’amaBooks Publishers, Bulawayo. ISBN: 978-0-7974-4228-3 University of New Orleans Press. ISBN: 978-1-60801-049-3 University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. ISBN: 978-1-86914-213-1 154 pages, Published 2011 Together is an exciting new offering that celebrates the writing of two of Zimbabwe’s veteran authors, Julius Chingono and John
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Together, to be launched in Bulawayo on 23 June

'amaBooks Publishers, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the University of New Orleans Press invite you to the Zimbabwe launch of Together, stories and poems by John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono, on Thursday 23 June, 5 for 5.30pm, at Christian Brothers' College, Old Esigodini Road, Bulawayo.Brian Jones of 'amaBooks will introduce the book and John Eppel will read some of his own work and
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Julius Chingono and John Eppel's 'Together' Reviewed

In a fractured nation, Together puts forth a coalescence of satire, sobriety, hope and sorrow. Careful scrutiny abuts simple observation as the authors weave their way through issues of race, violence, politics and religion. Eppel’s short stories are as esoteric as they are universal, colorfully describing a nosy neighbor or the farce of corrupt politics. Chingono’s economy of language constructs
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Thabisani Ndlovu reviews 'Together'

Together, by Julius Chingono and John Eppel ISBN: 978-0-7974-4228-3 ('amaBooks, Europe and Africa) ISBN: 978-1-86914-213-1 (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa) ISBN: 978-1-60801-049-3 (University of New Orleans Press, North America) In a country that is ruled through fundamentalist narratives along racial, tribal, political and property ownership lines, Together is not only refreshing
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BOOK Southern Africa reports Together launch in Cape Town

At the launch of Together, Zimbabwean poet, John Eppel, paid tribute to his co-author, the late Julius Chingono, who died while the book was in the last stage of publication.Eppel, seeing Together for the first time, said the collection of prose and poetry had been co-published by the University of New Orleans Press, the Zimbabwean publisher, amaBooks and of course UKZN Press. Although it had already
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Together, reviewed in Geosi Reads

Title: Together Author(s): Julius Chingono and John Eppel Genre: Poetry and Short Stories Length: 153 pages Rating: 4/5 Publisher / Year: ’amaBooks, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press & University of New Orleans Press / 2011 Country: Zimbabwe From the Back Cover: The two Zimbabwean writers featured in this collection of stories and poems could not be more different. John Eppel is an
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Together: Cape Town Launch

Together is to be launched with John Eppel in South Africa on Monday 18 April at 5.30pm at Lobby Books in Spin Street, Cape Town. The book will then be available in South Africa through the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and On the Dot distributors.The book of stories and poems by John and the late Julius Chingono is already available online outside of North America through www.africanbookscollective.com
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Together - to be published in the USA, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Together, the collection of short stories and poems by John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono will be available through UNO Press in the USA very soon, and now the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press has confirmed that they will also publish the book in South Africa.'amaBooks are delighted that the work of these two Zimbabwean writers will be easily accessible to readers in South Africa and the USA,
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WIN-Zimbabwe Newsletter discusses the Warwick Review's 'New Writing from Zimbabwe'

Beaven Tapureta discusses the Warwick Review's December 2009 edition, with its New Writing from Zimbabwe section. The Zimbabwean writers featured in this edition include Julius Chingono, John Eppel, Shimmer Chinodya, Lawrence Hoba, Wadzanai Mhute, Jane Morris, Tinashe Muchuri, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, No Violet Mkha Bulawayo, Champuno, and M.C Chihota. The edition also features reviews of Bryony
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Julius Chingono and John Eppel's Together - reviewed in Pambazuka

A 'pre-publication' review of John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono's collection of poems and stories, Together, has been featured in Pambazuka: (http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/African_Writers/70436).The photographs shown here are of the painting by Marshall Baron that is to be used as a basis for the cover of Together and of the reviewer Philo Ikonya. AFRICAN WRITERS’ CORNER Unforgettable
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Tribute to Julius Chingono on Zimbo Jam

Zimbo Jam feature another tribute to Julius Chingono, on http://www.zimbojam.com/culture/literary-news/2163-tribute-to-julius-chingono.html
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from Tinashe Muchuri

Julius Chingono was one fine writer of humorous poems and stories. He cheered you even at the time when everyone felt the need to be sad and sorrowful. His eyes were so very observant; he could see big stories and poems in situations that most people would see as ordinary. He was one genius of a writer. His death is a loss to Zimbabwe literature and to world literature at large. His work spoke for
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from Drew Shaw

Julius Chingono, who died on 2nd January 2011, will be greatly missed by Zimbabwe’s literary community. He had just completed poems and short stories for Together, a collaborative project with fellow-author, John Eppel. This will be forthcoming in 2011. Born on a commercial farm near Harare in 1946 and working as a rock-blaster on mines for most of his life, he began writing in the 1960s and published
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from Togara Muzanenhamo

"I first came across Julius Chingono’s work some fifteen years ago. After reading his poetry I knew I had read the work of an exceptional poet. What struck me most was the clean honesty of his work, a quality that draws the reader in without throwing up any barriers. Three years ago I eventually met the man at a reception in Harare. Discovering we lived relatively close to each other, I took the
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from Fungai Rufaro Machirori

There are many things wrong with Bulawayo’s public library, but sometimes it startles you with a gem of a book that changes your perception about things.I first came across Julius Chingono’s writing in 2007 when flitting across the shelves of library books, my hands stopped to rest on a book with an image of a dark window frame emitting the bright light of a yellow sky, bruise-red sun and neon
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from Mgcini Nyoni

"The loss of Julius Chongono is a great loss to the literary community.He was such a humble being and very unassuming. One thing I learnt, and many poets (he is best known for his poetry even though he was also a great prose writer) learnt, from Julius is to be natural and to be yourself as a writer.Julius' writing is natural and unforced and a joy to read, and he was also a joy to listen to when he
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from John Eppel

"I barely knew Julius – met him, briefly, on three occasions – and yet I feel, somehow, that we’d been together for a long time. I guess that’s what happens with kindred spirits. I was so looking forward to launching our joint collection of poems and short stories together, in the flesh – here in Bulawayo and maybe even further afield; but that is not to be. Julius, poor himself, was
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Julius Chingono

It is with sadness that we have learnt that Julius Sekai Chingono, the much loved poet and prose writer, died at Norton General Hospital on January 2. Born in 1946 on a commercial farm near Harare, Julius spent much of his working life as a rock blaster in the mines. He wrote in both Shona and English, and won awards for poems written in both languages. Julius had five books published: one play,
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Julius Chingono and John Eppel soon to be published by 'amaBooks

The next publication by 'amaBooks is to be Together, a collection of short stories and poems by two of Zimbabwe's leading writers, Julius Chingono and John Eppel.The collection, which will include 25 poems and 8 short stories by Julius and 24 poems and 11 short stories by John, will be published in early 2011.
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John Eppel's Jasmine a Guardian Poem of the Week

John Eppel was featured in the UK's Guardian on 12 July, with his poem Jasmine chosen as their 'Poem of the Week'.The poem first appeared in his 1995 collection Sonata for Matabeleland and was subsequently published in our collection Selected Poems: 1965-1995. Selected Poems was our first publication, all proceeds from which went towards the charity Childline Zimbabwe.The newspaper article also discusses
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The Contribution of John Eppel and Julius Chingono to Human Rights Recognised

The work of Zimbabwean poets John Eppel and Julius Chingono has been recognized by the inclusion of their work in Fire in the Soul: 100 Poems for Human Rights, published by New Internationalist, with the support of Amnesty International. There are a hundred poems from a hundred different poets from across the world, published from the beginning of the twentieth century until today. Other poets featured
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