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with writer, journalist and poet Beaven Tapureta
March 07, 2012
Full interview with Beaven Tapureta - Read
yourself in five words.
I haven't found the exact words to describe myself. I always
listen to what others say about me. Some people say I'm simple.
Others say I'm friendly to them and I like to work with people.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
If you listen and say very little you get more wisdom. Those words
guide me in life.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
There are so many. When I was growing up in Epworth, my mother was
a vendor and she would sell boiled eggs and vegetables at her stall.
One day I stole some eggs thinking that they were boiled. Only to
find that they weren't when they got crushed in my pocket!
is your most treasured possession?
My computer. Before that I had a manual typewriter.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be misunderstood.
have any strange hobbies?
I don't think so.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
is your greatest extravagance?
Books. I like reading and researching local writers. When I see
a book that's necessary in my life I buy it.
Who is your favourite local writer?
The late Dambudzo
Marechera. Yvonne Vera and Shimmer Chinodya.
do you have in your fridge?
I don't have a fridge.
is your greatest fear?
Fear itself. I don't like to be afraid of doing what I'm
capable of doing. I don't like to be afraid of winning.
have you got in your pockets right now?
My wallet, which has got my ID and a flash stick.
is your favourite journey?
I enjoy travelling to Bulawayo. That's where I found my wife.
are your heroes in real life?
I think I've come to love Oliver Mtukudzi. He's done
so much for the arts, and established a place where artists can
meet and develop.
and where were you happiest?
When I was nominated for a NAMA in 2009. When I saw the nominees
list in the Herald I almost cried. I've always wanted to prove
that there was something special inside me.
Do you think awards are important for writers?
they reward creativity. Though sometimes I have doubts when money
is attached to them. People then work with money in mind.
is your biggest vice?
I'm not sure.
were you like at school?
I was very shy, very private in class. To the extent that some teachers
were afraid to speak to me.
are you doing next?
I'm obsessed with WIN's Epworth Community Outreach programme.
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