Opening Spaces: An Anthology of Contemporary African Women’s Writing (African Writers Series)
African women are seldom given the space to express their concerns, their ideas and their reflections about the societies in which they live.
In situations where a good woman is expected to remain silent, literature can provide an important medium for the expression of deeply-felt and sometimes shocking views. In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa. The act as witnesses to the dramas of private and public life. Their stories challenge contemporary attitudes and behaviour, leaving no room for complacency.
Contributors include Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe), Lindsey Collen (Mauritius), Farida Karodia (South Africa), Norma Kitson (South Africa), Veronique Tadjo (Cote d’Ivoire), Leila Aboulela (Sudan), Ifeoma Okoye (Nigeria), Lilia Momple (Mozambique), Sindiwe Magona (South Africa), Chiedza Musengezi (Zimbabwe), Monde Sifuniso (Zambia), Gugu Ndlovu (Zimbabwe), Anna Dao (Mali) and Milly Jafta (Namibia).
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Yvonne Vera was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, gained her Ph.D. from York University in Canada, and was the Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Yvonne Vera died at age 40 in 2005.
Yvonne Vera’s Without a Name and Under the Tongue both won first prize in the Zimbabwe Publishers Literary Awards of 1995 and 1997, respectively. Under the Tongue won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region). Yvonne Vera won the Swedish literary award The Voice of Africa 1999.