CULTURE, SYMBOLS, TRADITIONS, RELIGION IN CREATIVE WRITING

TOWARD A ZAMBIAN GENRE: On developing the literary arts with a focus on creative writing   One of the things that makes West African writing outstanding is the usage of their cultural values and symbols. In fact, beyond Africa, the inclusion of cultural values, traditional symbols and religion have made great movies. A lot of powerful themes have been developed around what people believe in; from popular books like, ‘Things Fall Apart’, ‘River Between’ to myths and legends in ‘Lord of the Rings’ or the Harry Porter series. Therefore, what…

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Zedian Reviewers

Shorn Lambs of the City by Pamela Sinkamba Shorn Lambs of the City is the sequel to Pamela’s first book Deflowered. It carries on where the first novel left off and we get introduced to Flora who was a baby in the previous book. However, do not be concerned if you have not yet read Deflowered as Pamela does a good job in recapping important elements of the previous novel. Shorn Lambs of the City continues to touch on the topic of defilement and the abuse of young girls in…

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Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku – A Review

Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku – A Review June 2011, General Fiction Penguin Books, 216 pages ISBN-13: 978-0143527534, Available on Amazon   I first came across Patchwork last September when it was announced it had won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the fiction category. And being the diligent little bibliophile that I am, I went in search of the book only to find out it wasn’t available. It turns out part of the prize criteria is for “…previously unpublished, full-length adult work in two categories: Fiction and non-Fiction.” This meant months of…

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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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