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Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi jets in Saturday for Story Club’s session

Story Club continues to grow its base in its quest to uplift art in the country and this Sunday it is hosting what it dubs an international literary session at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.

The international literary session is expected to bring on board several artists with Zimbabwe’s female writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangaremba as one of the main headliners.

Story Club Founder Shadreck Chikoti described this event as historical, adding that they have made it free so that many people attend and that they want to celebrate art and literature.

“We call on arts bodies to patronise the event as it ushers all of us into growth and networking. There will be a time for interaction with one another and this is what we are all looking forward to.

“We are also highly privileged to have Dr Tammy Brown from Miami University, who will give a talk titled, “Art can be an instrument for Social change,” said the 2014 Peer Gynt Award winner.

He said Brown is already in the country for the event and that Tsitsi jets into the country on Saturday.

Chikoti said they are ready with the session, adding that they are happy to have Tsitsi, who is one of Africa’s greatest female writers and filmmaker.

The international literary session will also feature CNN African Voices artist, Elson Kambalu.

He said the theme of the literary session which will have on its menu, film showcase, talks, panel discussions, music, poetry, and art exhibition is Art, Women and Society.

Chikoti said Tsitsi will bring a lot of expertise to the session as she has done a lot in the arts industry.

Tsitsi’s first novel Nervous Conditions won the African section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989 and is considered one of the 12 best African novels ever written according to Wikipedia and one of the top 20 African female writers as rated by Kwani Publishing Trust.

The writer founded the International Images Film Festival in Harare to offer a new discourse for women following the proliferation of beauty pageants in Zimbabwe.

Her film Neria about a widow and property grabbing became the highest grossing movie in Zimbabwe’s history featuring Oliver Mtukudzi.

Tsitsi’s other books include The Letter , She No Longer Weeps, and The Book of Not.

Kambalu, who CNN has called one of Malawi’s leading artists, is passionate about creativity and will enrich the session through exhibition.

Apart from visual arts, Kambalu, who is the founder of Art House Africa, has also been assisting other artists and currently he manages musician Jaco Jana.

Story Club is holding an international session having recently also hosted South African author Shafinaz Hassim.

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