An Elegy For Easterly

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AR01The Mupandawana Dancing Champion2010031620110712

Stories from Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, which won the Guardian First Book Award for 2009.

Just outside Harare, in Mupandawana, a nimble-footed coffin maker enjoys a little local celebrity and some relief from the daily struggle to make ends meet.

However, a political intervention cramps his style.

Read by Lucian Msamati.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

An elderly coffin maker struts his stuff.

is the first of three stories selected from An Elegy for Easterly, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection and winner of the Guardian First Book Award for 2009.

Today - just outside Harare, in Mupandawana, a nimble footed coffin maker enjoys a little local celebrity, and some relief from the daily struggle to make ends meets.

Each of the three stories selected from An Elegy For Easterly are acutely observed, powerful and poignant.

They are populated by characters struggling to live in Mugabe's Zimbabwe, who despite the hardships of their everyday lives, are also resilient and imaginative, and not without a wry sense of humour.

Writer: Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe.

Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries.

Reader: Reader: Lucian Msamati has been appearing in Clybourne Park in London's West End.

Award-winning Petina Gappah's story about a coffin maker's dancing prowess.

AR02My Cousin-sister Rambanai2010031720110713

is the next selected story from An Elegy for Easterly, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection and winner of the Guardian First Book Award for 2009.

Today - when Rambanai returns from Dallas to Harare her exuberant sparkle is irresistible, but a new search for a bigger world has unexpected outcomes.

Each of the three stories selected from An Elegy For Easterly are acutely observed, powerful and poignant.

They are populated by characters struggling to live in Mugabe's Zimbabwe, who despite the hardships of their everyday lives, are also resilient and imaginative, and not without a wry sense of humour.

Writer: Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe.

Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries.

Reader: Chipo Chung appeared in the National Theatre's 2009 production of Phedre, currently she can be seen in the television series, Camelot.

Award-winning Petina Gappah's story about Rambanai's yearning for a bigger world.

Stories from Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, which won the Guardian First Book Award for 2009.

When Rambanai returns from Dallas to Harare her exuberant sparkle is irresistible, but a new search for a bigger world has unexpected outcomes.

Read by Chipo Chung.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Rambanai's search for a bigger world has unexpected outcomes.

AR03 LASTOur Man In Geneva Wins A Million Euros2010031820110714

is the next selected story from An Elegy for Easterly, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection and winner of the Guardian First Book Award for 2009.

Today an embassy official posted to Geneva sets out to claim his lottery winnings.

Each of the three stories selected from An Elegy For Easterly are acutely observed, powerful and poignant.

They are populated by characters struggling to live in Mugabe's Zimbabwe, who despite the hardships of their everyday lives, are also resilient and imaginative, and not without a wry sense of humour.

Writer: Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe.

Her short fiction and essays have been published in eight countries.

Reader: Lucian Msamati has been appearing in Clybourne Park in London's West End.

An embassy official posted to Geneva sets out to claim his lottery winnings.

Stories from Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah's debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, which won the Guardian First Book Award for 2009.

Read by Lucian Msamati.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton