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Lenny Sibanda

Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Member Since: May 2012

Last online: April 2017

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Telling stories is what I was designed for .I have always had the urge to tell stories, even my mother tells me that I used to dazzle visitors when I was very young with my tall tales. Years from that time I am still a story teller, the medium has changed now its fiction writing and poetry, but it’s still storytelling nonetheless.

 

I am working on finishing my short story collection which I hope to publish with a local book publisher, before the end of the year 2012 .I have a finished novel manuscript “Quesaria (Born in a Banana Republic)” which is a story on a fictional African state in a civil war, I am still editing it before I send it to the publishers.

 

I have worked on theatre and film as other extensions of my writing, because writing for a watching audience has taught me the value of action, symbolism and effective use of spoken word. On the filmmaking side, I have numerous finished short film scripts and one feature film script, my experience in township theatre in Bulawayo has furnished me with knowledge on themes and plots which strike a chord with the audiences. My involvement with young actors has taught me how to interact and get the best out of the youth.

 

Writing for me is an outlet to all the pent-up anger that I have kept bottled up in me .Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was born in a region of Zimbabwe which has been bedrock of turmoil. Turmoil ranging from the tribal hatred in my society to the economic meltdown, which have guaranteed that I grew up into ,social insecurity and abject poverty all around me. Hence through my writing I tell all this , maybe that is why never win awards ,because I write what I see and people hope to escape life when they read .But in my works you will find condensed life , brutally vivid and harsh just the way I see it.

 

Finally I take my writing seriously, so serious that it is the reason that I stay alive .I will keep writing until I get that masterpiece .Once I get that masterpiece, I will die.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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