»Poetry is a white child Lost in the darkness of a cinema house Holding my black hand Calling me daddy…«
from Poetry is… in Long Time Coming
Ignatius started off as a poet before venturing into prose. His poetry has been published in the anthologies Tipeiwo Dariro and Muchinokoro Kunaka. He has written two novels in Shona, Mapenzi (Fools) and Ndafa Here? His debut novel Mapenzi won first prize in the Zimbabwe Book Publishers’ Association Awards in 2000 and was subsequently nominated as one of Zimbabwe’s 75 Best Books of the century. Ndafa Here? and his children’s book The Man, Shaggy Leopard and the Jackal won National Arts Merit Awards in 2009 and 2010 respectively. He is married to Conelia and they have two sons.
amaBooks writings by Ignatius Mabasa
Short Stories: Paying to Die in Short Writings from Bulawayo III and Some Kind of Madness in Long Time Coming. Poems: Epitaph, Ghetto Lights and Poetry in Intwasa Poetry and Poetry is… in Long Time Coming