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WINNIPEG - The University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture has named Ignatius Mabasa as its new Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence.
A poet, novelist and storyteller from Zimbabwe, Mabasa will visit classes, mentor writers and storytellers, and give several performances throughout the fall term. In addition he will be finalizing his third Shona novel, Vana Venyoka (Brood of Vipers), U of M officials said this morning.
He will be on campus through December.
As well as a poet, storyteller and novelist, Mabasa is a gospoet and dub poet, a champion of Shona language, wisdom and folklore, a mentor for the Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe, the deputy director of the British Council in Zimbabwe, and a lay preacher at his local church. He is working to establish the first storytelling venue in Zimbabwe.
"Ignatius brings an amazing set of skills and talents to the University of Manitoba," says Warren Cariou, director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture and Canada Research Chair in Narrative, Community and Indigenous Cultures. "His work moves between the oral and the written, which fits perfectly with our Centre’s focus, and he also has great experience in mentoring young artists. It will be a pleasure to learn from him and to hear his stories this term."
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture was created to provide a space for scholars, students and visiting artists to collaborate, create works of verbal art and study the relationship between oral and written culture, said U of M.