About Me

Zimbabwean poet, Batsirai E Chigama is a name largely associated with spoken word. Her work is featured in several poetry anthologies in USA, England, Italy, New Zealand & Zimbabwe. In 2012 Batsirai became the first Zimbabwean to take part in the Italian Nosside World Poetry competition for which she was awarded a medal and her poem “Ivhu” was featured in the 2012 Nosside Poetry anthology. She has traveled to participate in a number of festivals in the region: Arts Alive (SA), SADC Poetry Festival (Botswana), Blantyre Arts Festival(Mal), Tambo Tambulani Tambo(Moz), Poetry Africa and a host of other local festivals.  She has toured Denmark and Italy, facilitating workshops as well as performing.

In 2013, she collaborated with the  veteran Scottish poet, Sheila Templeton for an exhibition ‘After Livingstone’ at the StaNza Poetry Festival, Scotland.  Some of her recorded works are featured on Badilisha Poetry X-Change(Capetown)  and Indiefeed (USA)  poetry portals. In 2013, some of Batsirai’s poetry was featured on the Poetry International Website alongside other five Zimbabwe women poets.

She was appointed the Woman Scream coordinator for Zimbabwe, 2014-2015.  

A published short story writer, Batsirai dedicates some of her time to write on the arts and culture in Zimbabwe for the local website Zimbo Jam. She says she would like to lend her voice to the women whose voices are silenced the world over.

 

Discography

POVO, speaksing Vol 01, "If you were a Book", 2014

Awards

  • XXX Premio Nosside, Menzione Particolare, 2014, Italy
  • 1st Runner-up, StAnza Digital Slam 2014(Scotland)
  • XXVIII Premio Nosside, Menzione Particolare, 2012, Italy
  • Young Female Artist Promoter Of The Year, JYWF, 2013

Nominations

  • Female Artist Human Rights Defender of the Year, ZimRights, 2013

 

Upcoming Performances

Literatas Festival, Maputo, Mozambique, TBA

 

Workshops

  • Falcon College Cultural Weekend, Creative Writing Class, 12-13 Feb, 2016
  • African Women Network Building Conference, Bellagio, Italy, 9-15 Nov 2014
  • Danish Centre for Culture, Denmark(18Oct-2Nov 2014)
  • Art Appreciation with WUA Gender Studies students, 2014

 

Past Performances

  • Current State of Poetry Sho'Case, 3&4 June, Jo'burg Theatre
  • Unfettered, May 27, Alliance Francaise
  • African Democracy Forum, 3 May 2016, Rainbow Towers
  • African Feminist Forum, 10 April, 2016, HICC, Harare
  • Global Conference, YETT, 6 October
  • WECA 2015, ZNCC, Friday 18 September 2015
  • Intwasa Arts Festival, 26 September 2015, Bulawayo
  • TNG Album Launch, Bliss Gardens, 16 September 2015
  • Young feminists Voice ExplosionThinkshop, Maestro, HerZimbabwe & Urgent Action Fund_Africa, 10 Sept 2015
  • CGS@51, Jazz*funk*Poetry, Zimbabwe German Society, in collaboration with Vera, 28 Aug 2015
  • ZIBFA Children's Reading Tent, 30-31 July 2015, IBBY Zimbabwe
  • Hivos Supervisory Council Dinner, The Venue, 10 June 2015
  • "Poverty is Sexist" NATIONAL STAKEHOLDER POLICY FORUM ON GENDER AND POVERTY_The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe and ONE Campaign, 13 May 2015
  • “They Went to Beijing”: Reactions on Then, Now and the Future_ZWRCN & UNWomen_The Venue, 8 May 2015
  • World Poetry Day, Harare, 21 March 2015
  • Amazwekazi Amathathu, music from three continents, Zimbabwe German Society, 23 Jan 2015
  • Launch of Zvipo, Girls Legacy, Af de Harare, 22 Jan 2015
  • Amazwekazi Amathathu, music from three continents, Af de Harare, 17 Jan 2015
  • Copenopen, Denmark, 24 October 2014
  • ZWRCN, Farewell Party to Ambassador to France, Rudo Chitiga, 13 Oct, 2014
  • International Images Film Festival, August 2014
  • TechZim, Hypercube, 2014
  • One on One with poet Linda Gabriel, Af de Harare, July, 2014
  • 16 Days Exhibition & Performances, National Art Gallery by British Council, 3 Dec, 2013
  • World Aids Day Commemorations, Harare, 2 Dec, 2013
  • The Word Garden, Celebrating 6 years of Magamba, Wed 27 Nov, Harare
  • The Real Deal(In Collaboration with Zim’s Finest Jazz Musicians) 23 Nov 2013, Harare
  • Women Arts Festival, 23 Nov 2013, Harare
  • African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Launch, Thur 21 Nov 2013, Harare
  • Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe Symposium, 16 Nov 2013, Waterfalls
  • ZNCC Women in Business Conference, 01 Nov, 2013, Rainbow Towers
  •  Dr Stem Mahlatini, Book Launch, 31 Oct, 2013

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