John Eppel

  • John Eppel
Writer, Poet, Tv director
Principal country concerned : Column : Poetry / story telling

John Eppel is widely recognised to be one of Zimbabwe's leading novelists and poets. He was born in Lydenburg, South Africa. He moved to Colleen Bawn, a small mining town in the south of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), at the age of four.

He lives in Bulawayo where he teaches English at Christian Brothers College. His first novel, D.G.G. Berry's The Great North Road, won the M-Net Prize in South Africa. His second novel, Hatchings, which was short-listed for the M-Net Prize and was chosen for the series in the Times Literary Supplement on the most significant books to have come out of Africa, was republished by'amaBooks in 2006. His first book of poems, Spoils of War, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. His other novels and poetry anthologies have received critical acclaim.


- "Spoils of War" (poems), 1989
- "D G G Berry's The Great North Road", 1992 (won the M-Net Prize in South Africa)
- "Hatchings", 1993
- "The Giraffe Man", 1994
- "Sonata for Matabeleland", 1995
- "Selected poems 1965-1995", 1995
- "The Heart in Exile, South African Poetry in English 1990-1995" (anthology), 1996
- "The Curse of the Ripe Tomato", 2001
- "The Holy Innocents", 2002
- "The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and Other Short Writings", 2004
- "Songs My Country Taught Me" (Collected Poems 1965-2005), 2005
- "Hatchings" (reprint), Republished by'amaBooks in 2006
- "White Man Crawling", 2007
- "Intwasa Poetry" (anthology), 2008
- "Absent: The English Teacher", 2009
- "Together" (with Julius Chingono), 2011
- "Textures", 2014

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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
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