Chinodya, Shimmer

Shimmer ChinodyaSHIMMER CHINODYA was born in Gweru, Zimbabwe, in 1957, the second child in a large, happy family. He studied English Literature and Education at the University of Zimbabwe. After a spell in teaching and with curriculum development, he proceeded to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (USA) where he earned an MA in Creative Writing. His first novel, Dew in the Morning, was written when he was eighteen and published in 1982. This was followed by Farai’s Girls (1984), Child of War (under the pen name B. Chirasha, 1986), Harvest of Thorns (1989), Can We Talk and other stories (1998), Tale of Tamari(2004), Chairman of Fools (2005), Strife (2006) for which he won the NOMA Award in 2007 and Chioniso and other stories (2012). His work appears in numerous anthologies, including Soho Square (1992), Writer’s Territory (1999), Tenderfoots (2001), Writing Still (2003), Writing Now (2005) and Laughing Now (2007). He has also written children’s books, educational texts, training manuals and radio and film scripts, including the script for the award-winning feature film, Everyone’s Child. He has won many awards for his work, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) and a NOMA Honourable mention for Harvest of Thorns, a Caine Prize shortlist for ‘CanWe Talk’ and the NAMA award for the outstanding book for Strife. He has won the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association Awards on many occasions. He has also received many fellowships abroad and from 1995 to 1997 was Distinguished Visiting Professor in Creative Writing and African Literature at the University of St Lawrence in upstate New York.