Chirikure Chirikure

The poet and performer Chirikure Chirikure was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe, in 1962. He is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and an honorary fellow of the University of Iowa, USA. He worked as an editor at a major publishing house in Harare. He also worked as a programme officer for an international development organisation.

In 2011, he moved to Berlin under the DAAD artists in residency programme. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2014, where he has since been engaged in literary and cultural programmes. He is the director of LitFest Harare, an international literature festival.

Chirikure has published four collections of his poetry and has contributed poems and articles to numerous publications. He has also written children’s books and educational materials. He has recorded albums and singles of his poetry with music. He has also written lyrics for a number of musicians. He performs his poetry solo as well as with musical accompaniment.

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Kwarantynketting: "Playing cat and mouse with anxiety" by Chirikure Chirikure

Chirikure Chirikure Kwarantynketting 2020-04-28

"But, as the week progressed, I began to realise that things were no longer the same." Writer Chirikure Chirikure tells more about Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 lockdown.