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»I watch you watching the winter rain
of gold-tipped jacaranda leaves.
You wonder: will they clog the drain,
block the conduit pipe again?«
from Rain in Winter in Short Writings from Bulawayo
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John Eppel


John Eppel is widely recognised to be one of Zimbabwe’s leading novelists and poets. He lives in Bulawayo where he teaches English at Christian Brothers College. His first novel, D.G.G. Berry's The Great North Road, won the M-Net Prize in South Africa. His second novel, Hatchings, which was short-listed for the M-Net Prize and was chosen for the series in the Times Literary Supplement on the most significant books to have come out of Africa, was republished by ’amaBooks in 2006. His first book of poems, Spoils of War, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. His other novels and poetry anthologies have received critical acclaim.
amaBooks writings by John Eppel

Novels: The Curse of the Ripe Tomato, The Holy Innocents and Hatchings. Story and Poetry Collections: The Caruso of Colleen Bawn, White Man Crawling and Together (with Julius Chingono). Study Guides to: I Will Marry When I Want and Many People, Many Voices. Short Stories: White Man Walking in Short Writings from Bulawayo, Rosewater in Short Writings from Bulawayo II, Home Sweet Home in Short Writings from Bulawayo III, The Awards Ceremony in Long Time Coming and Tomato Stakes in Where to Now?. Poems: Rain in Winter in Short Writings from Bulawayo, My Dustbin in Short Writings from Bulawayo II, Sonnet with One Unstated Line in Short Writings from Bulawayo III, Vendor and Child in Long Time Coming, Border Jumping, Giving, My Home Town, Shards and Waiting in Intwasa Poetry