17th December 2001

 

HULL ACADEMIC INSPIRED BY AFRICA

 

A West Hull lecturer is celebrating after five years’ hard work culminated in the publication of his book about a Zimbabwean novelist.

 

David Pattison, a senior lecturer in Organisational Studies at the University of Lincoln, discovered the work of Dambudzo Marechera when reading for a PhD at Hull University.

 

His book No Room for Cowardice: A View of the Life & Times of Dambudzo Marechera has been published by Africa World Press, the leading authority on African literature, based in New Jersey.

 

“Marechera is a fine short story writer, a very effective dramatist and a perceptive and moving lyric poet who has had an extroadinary lifestyle – it was this that interested me in writing a book,” said Dr Pattison.

 

“I did a Humanities degree at the age of 47 after a long career in general management. It was then that I got interested in the literature of Southern Africa so I decided to do an MA in Southern Afric0an Studies before my PhD.

 

“It’s exciting to see my work published having worked so closely with the publishers for such a long period and it’s also a relief after such hard work. I plan to do more writing. I am currently working on a novel.”

 

The book was launched in Frankfurt in November and a secondary launch is due to take place in Houston, Texas in April next year.

 

To find out more about the book view the publisher’s website www.africanworld.com

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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