Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2010

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Christopher Mlalazi | Feuchtwanger Fellow

Christopher Mlalazi
Christopher Mlalazi
in Zimbabwe

Awards and Honors

• Highly Recommeded Citation in 2004 Sable/Arvon (UK) Short story Writing Contest
• Shortlisted for the 2007 HSBC PEN SOUTH AFRICA Short Story Writing Contest
• Winner of the 2008 OXFAM/NOVIB PEN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AWARD at the Hague for co-authoring the play The Crocodile Of Zambezi which was banned by the Zimbabwean Government because of its political content.
• Winner of THE FIRST BEST CREATIVE PUBLISHED WORK at National Arts MeritAwards 2009 (Zimbabwe) for the short story collection Dancing With Life: Tales From The Township, published by amaBooks Publishers.
• Awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2009 NOMA AWARD FOR BOOK PUBLISHING IN AFRICA for Dancing With Life: Tales From The Township.
• The 2009 Novel, Many Rivers, published by LION PRESS (UK), has been nominated for Outstanding Fiction Book in the 2010 National Merit Awards (Zimbabwe).

Books published

Dancing With Life: Tales From The Township, published by amaBooks Publishers, Zimbabwe, 2008
Many Rivers. A novel. LION PRESS (UK) 2009


The Time Of Trouble. Sadalala Amajekete Theatre, Bulawayo, 1998.
Soil Of The Sun. Umkhathi Theatre, Bulawayo, 2003.
The Sun Before. Amakhosi Theatre, Bulawayo, 2003
Nkulumane. Umkhathi Theatre, Bulawayo, 2004
Around The Corner. Sadalala-Amajekete Theatre, Bulawayo, 2005
The Crocodile Of Zambezi. Co-written with Raisedon Baya. Homegrown Arts, Bulawayo. 2008.

Television Drama

Kings Kraal. Co-written with Raisedon Baya. Zimbabwe Television, 2006.

Work in Progress

Autumn Leaves Change Colour. A Novel.
Flight From The River Goblin. A story for children.
Whose Children. A radio drama.


• Honorary Member Of Denmark Pen.
• Patron, Budding Writers Association Of Zimbabwe
• Literary Arts Sector coordinator of Intwasa KoBulawayo Arts Festival.

Arts Festivals / Workshops attended

• Fellow in the Crossing Borders Online Creative Writing Project. British Council/Lancaster University, 2004.
• Beyond Borders Literature Conference. Kampala, Uganda, 2004
• Caine Prize Workshop. Crater Lake, Kenya, 2005.
• Kwani Lit Fest. Nairobi, Kenya, 2007.
• Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator, Africa University 3rd Annual Festival, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
• Online Creative Writing Group Moderator,, Lancaster University, 2007.
• Harare International Festival Of The Arts. Harare, Zimbabwe, 2008.
• Pan African Literary Forum. Ghana, 2008.
• Power In The Voice International Festival. Gaberone, Botswana, 2008.
• Blogger In Residency, Poetry International Arts Festival, South Bank Centre, UK, 2008.

Short Stories published

The Hand Of Darkness. Short Writings From Bulawayo, ‘amaBooks, 2003 • As I am. Writing Now, Weaver Press, Harare, 2004
It’s His Who Wakes The Hare. Short Writings From Bulawayo II, ‘amaBooks, Bulawayo, 2005
Many Rivers. Baobab Literary Journal, South Africa, 2009.
The Matchstick Man, StoryTime, Online ezine, 2009
The Bulldozers Are Coming. StoryTime, e-zine, 2009.
A Cicada In The Shimmer. StoryTime e-zine, 2009
King Of Bums. The Literary Review, USA. 2009
Dancing With Life. The Obituary Tango, (Caine Prize Anthology), Jacana Press, South Africa, 2006
Election Day. Edinburgh Review, Edinburgh, 2006.
id-i. Short Writings From Bulawayo III, ‘amaBooks, Bulawayo, 2006.
Broken Wings. Africa Pens, Spearhead, South Africa, 2007
Dearest Sendor of The Bulldozers. African Writing, e-zine, 2008.
King of Bums. Long Time Coming, AmaBooks Publishers, 2008.
On The Lighter Side With Chris Mlalazi – a weekly column in the Sunday Newspaper, Zimbabwe.


Pay Day Hell. Poetry International, 2005
Where Will They Be On Xmas Day. BBC 2005
They Are Coming. Poetry International, 2008.