Tsitsi Dangarembga

Zimbabwean Novelist, Playwright, and Filmmaker

A writer, filmmaker, public intellectual and cultural activist, Tsitsi Dangarembga began writing plays at the University of Zimbabwe, where "The Lost of the Soil" (1983) and "She No Longer Weeps" (1984) were first staged.  The first volume in the Tambudzai trilogy, "Nervous Conditions", appeared to critical acclaim in 1988.  Its sequel, "The Boook of Not" was published in 2006.  Her third novel "This Mournable Body" was published in 2018 by Graywolf Press, and short-listed for the Booker prize in 2020.  She has credits on most Zimbabwean film classics and her films have been screened in festivals across the world, including Sundance Film Festival.  She divides her time between her home in Harare where she directs the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust, an institution focusing on the role of all arts disciplines in development, which she founded in 2009, and speaking at various events around the globe. In addition to developing a slate of feature films, she is currently working on her 4th novel, dystopian young adult speculative fiction, "Sai-Sai and The Great Ancestor of Fire".