Deflowered by Pamela Sinkamba: A Review by Bwalya Chileya

[notice noticeType=”attention” ] Deflowered by Pamela Sinkamba: A Review by Bwalya Chileya “A flower is the brightest part of plant, which makes it very beautiful. Women, like flowers are very beautiful, both on the inside and the outside. The inner beauty is connected to the soul and mind and yields to the physical well being of a woman. When a woman is deflowered, she is deprived of what she values the most; her inner sense of beauty and self worth. A deflowered woman does not only undergo pain, but hate,…

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LIBRARIES AND READING PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS

[notice noticeType=”attention” ]Developing literary arts in Zambia-focus on fiction writing LIBRARIES AND READING PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS Two significant people have unreservedly impacted my reading culture; my mother who for the most part of my childhood made it a point that I read to her every evening, after which I would spiral into a spellathon, a solo contest that was reinforced with a wooden stick that would rise and fall at any slight faltering over a word or a sentence. Then came my teacher of English, an Irish nun (God rest…

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THE MAID

[notice noticeType=”approved” ]Launching out at the crack of dawn, Braving the cold through the compound, Drying the mist on her clothes as she goes, Shivering along this is the maid. Jobless husband and child to keep, Off to sweep another lady’s yard, Fellow maids greet with no gay, This is the maid who weeps, who cooks. Lady of the house rises at noon Ordering around without a care Sweep here, sweep there, she says to The maid who sweeps, who cooks. Some chores are hard, others not, Life gives portion…

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ICTS – DO ALL ASPIRING WRITERS HAVE ACCESS?

[notice noticeType=”attention” ]ICTS – DO ALL ASPIRING WRITERS HAVE ACCESS? Life today in intertwined in the world of technology. Let us not deny it, Information and Communication Technology or ICTs are here to stay! Our very existence is channeled by so much technological developments and the modern writer cannot ‘bury their head in the sand’, pretending they can still dip a quill into an ink pot and make drafts on papyrus. The advantages that ICTs have brought to a writer are immense. From the inception of typewriters to the present…

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Publishing

[notice noticeType=”attention” ] On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing It is really a great feeling to write and get published. Having one’s work recognised with an award gives every writer a sense of achievement. However, in Zambia, many manuscripts just end up on shelves gathering dust and will probably never be read. Many potential authors have asked how others have got past the ‘publishing hurdle’. Publishing a book and any book in this country is not easy. It is for this reason that most…

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On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing

[notice noticeType=”attention” ] On developing the literary arts in Zambia-with a focus on fiction writing. DEPEDENCY SYNDROME Vs WRITING FOR OURSELVES Having been a teacher of English Language and Literature in English for over twenty years, I cannot help but register much disappointment at the number of ‘foreign books’ that are continually featured on the Zambian syllabus. Well, I would not blame anybody. I too was schooled in these great books: I remember cramming ‘A Wreath for Udomo’ by Peter Abrams, for the final examination, what a lengthy text! This…

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