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Chipinge teacher turns to book writing

- BY PRESTIGE MUNTANGA Follow us on Twitter @NewsDayZim­babwe

THE country’s piercing economic hardships have forced a Chipinge schoolteac­her to resort to book writing to augment his income.

Farai Mlambo, a teacher at Jersey Primary School, told NewsDay Life & Style that his upbringing and the economic hardships inspired him to become a self-motivated novelist and poet.

“Growing up here in Chipinge and wondering at the strange things that used to happen, I have taken it upon myself to relate these untold episodes of my life and people through literature,” he said.

“I recently found a home at the Aleck Kaposa-led Essential Publishing Book Company (EPBC) and I have managed to write a number of anthologie­s, which include Where Hopes Linger and A Little Longer.”

Mlambo said he hoped to publish his first book at the end of this year, adding that he had been signed to work under Gramsol Book Publishing Company.

“I will publish my first novel titled To Colour a Colourless Dream under EPBC, which will be launched in December this year. The book is a memoir, as most of the issues I try to address relate to my upbringing,” he said.

“The book also entails some work of fiction which is intended to inspire humanity to the next winning point. I can qualify it as a motivation­al book.”

He said he had been commission­ed by Gramsol Book Publishing as one of the writers for Ndau books, a developmen­t he described as a breakthrou­gh.

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