Shimmer Chinodya

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Shimmer Chinodya (born 1957 Gwelo, then Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) is a Zimbabwean novelist.[1]

He studied at Mambo Primary School. He was expelled from Goromonzi after demonstrating against Ian Smith's government.[2] He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe, and from the University of Iowa, with an MA in creative writing, in 1985.[3][4]

He won the 1990 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Africa region.[5]


  • Dew in the Morning. Mambo Press. 1982.; Heinemann, 2001, ISBN 978-0-435-91206-2
  • Farai’s Girls (1984)
  • Child of War (1986)
  • Harvest of Thorns (1989)
  • Can we talk and other Stories (1998)
  • Tale of Tamari (2004)
  • Chairman of Fools (2005)
  • Strife. African Books Collective. 2006. ISBN 978-1-77922-058-5.
  • Tindo's Quest, Longman Zimbabwe (Pvt) (January 2011), ISBN 177903492X

ISBN 978-1779034922


On Boxing Day, 26 December 2014, Shimmer Chinodya caused a stir at a Harare Hospital when he stripped naked and started threatening hospital workers. Police were called and they took him away and released him later without any charges. Reached for a comment by reporters, Chinodya threatened to sue the reporters if they leaked the story.[6]


  1. ^ "Literary Encyclopedia - Shimmer Chinodya". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
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  3. ^ "Author Bio: Shimmer Chinodya". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Shimmer Chinodya Biography - Shimmer Chinodya comments:". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  6. ^ Zimbabwean, Zaniest. "Mr". iHarare. Retrieved 9 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)