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Event Announcement: February Storytelling Session

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a themed session! February of course has to be themed around matters of the heart. Our writers bring us tales of Love Gained and Love Lost - come and listen to what they have penned down for your entertainment.

Things to note: The cost has gone up a little as we have added a few things to enhance the enjoyment of the sessions. Due to structural changes to the event, we will not have a session in March, so after the next one will be in April. Prospective writers have a little more time to prepare. 
Below are some images from the January Session (courtesy of VibesMW):













Event Announcement: January Storytelling Session

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The writers are ready! If you're in Blantyre, Malawi this Friday, check out the January 2018 Storytelling Session. We've got a wide variety of genres, drama, fairytales, superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy. 
Malawians are writing, and they want to read their stories to you. See you at 6pm this Friday...


DIRECTIONS: For those who have not yet been to Jacaranda, here's a map. It is up the road from Blantyre Market



Storytelling Session is Open for Submissions!

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In November I got together with a few writerly friends to read short samples of the fiction we had written at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Mandala, the last neighbourhood before getting into the busiest part of town. I thought it would be a chill evening with a couple of Blantyre's book fans... what I did not expect was a full house, intense enthusiasm and excitement, and a sparked hunger for more!

No fewer than 3 unrelated people asked me when the next event would be, while budding writers and avid audience members filled up the attendance sheet. Turns out Blantyre needs stories... 

So, as promised, we got back to the drawing board and schemed and planned until we could plan and scheme no more... We have settled on the evening of the 19th of January 2018 for the next session, and aim to host it every month on a Friday.

For writers who are interested in attending the next or future events, please send your submissions to ekarimbvundula@gmail.com or just email to be added to the maili…

Undying Love: My Latest Short Story

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So, a second story of mine has been selected for publication on Omenana, my favourite Nigerian speculative fiction online magazine! Titled "Undying Love", it tells the tale of two young lovers based in Johannesburg who find themselves affronted by a unique trial... a malevolent spirit possesses him, and becomes a direct threat to her safety.

Omenana hires their own artist to read through submissions and create an image that the artist believes best fits each story. I am extremely happy with this artwork, and how the artist interpreted the pivotal scene of the story. It enhances the story for the reader, helping the visualisation of the story in the theatre of the mind...

Or maybe you can decide for yourself on Omenana.com. Enjoy, share, review!

UPDATE: If you would like to read a quick paragraph review before digging into it, see this one by Charles Payseur: Quick Sips - Omenana #10

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Like my stories? Read more of them on my Bibliography page!

Book Review: Amber and the Hidden City

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I've been collecting a stack of fiction that centrally features black characters, so after spinning around with my eyes closed and picking one at random, I started with reading Amber and the Hidden City

The book is a fantasy adventure story by African-American author Milton J. Davis, centered around the titular character. Amber is a 13 year old African-American girl who discovers that her grandmother is actually from the mystical city of Marai, which is magically hidden in the Sahara. Amber has inherited her grandmother's talents as a seer, and is urgently needed to guide the elders of Marai to who the next leader will be. The only problem is, she has no idea that the city is real, and the knowledge turns her whole world view upside down... She embarks on a dangerous trek across the world with her grandmother, to Paris, Senegal, Timbuktu, and finally Marai - all the while pursued by the minions of a power-hungry Marai elitist with his eye on the throne.

The story is great for …

How Black Panther Is Changing Blackness

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Something important happened when the Black Panther poster and subsequent trailer dropped (an unorthodox 8 months before the movie release date). The film was already greatly anticipated by comic book movie fans since the character's introduction in Captain America: Civil War, but the trailer for the 2018 solo film propelled it to new heights 

I have felt from the moment Marvel's character Black Panther appeared in Civil War, that this was going to be something different, something special. Every now and then, a piece of art in the form of cinema changes movies, and even culture itself, forever. 

I'm not saying Black Panther's solo movie will do that, but there are some aspects that it has already begun to affect in various degrees:



1. People call him the "First" Black Superhero



Now, many will dispute this and bring up Blade as the truly first black superhero. While he was iconic in his own right, the Daywalker cannot compare to the likes of, say, Superman. Blade…

Exciting Opportunity for Beginner Writers in Malawi

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The Writer 2016 competition was honestly one of the best experiences in my writing career so far. It transformed me by challenging what I mistakenly thought was the limit of my writing capabilities. Despite many self-doubts, I did it! I wrote 4 stories, given only a week to complete each one, and built up the discipline needed to finish any of my writing projects faster. 

Since the competition, many of you were bold enough to touch base and ask me for help in your own writing. This woke me up to the fact that despite popular belief, many of us are writing fiction, right here in Malawi, but without proper guidance, discipline, and publishing opportunities, many of our stories stay parked on our desktops, or worse, get stuck in our heads.

Thus, the Creative Writing Workshop was born. 

If you are a struggling writer, I am ready to meet with you to teach what I have learnt about finishing and polishing a short story. We will cover the subject over 2 days, providing opportunities to:
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Ebook Release: Montague's Last, A Short Story

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Readers of Strange Horizons and Omenana.com have in the past year enjoyed my short story "Montague's Last" about a dying slave seeking redemption, both as an e-magazine and in audio form. And now I am proud to bring you Montague's Last, my first ebook, available on Amazon.com! 
The ebook cover has been decked out by amazing Malawian artist Simon Banda II, who describes himself as an afrofuturist. Simon has done justice to the Montague I imagined when the story first flowed onto my keyboard. 
To get "Montague's Last" in your digital collection and show your support, head to the book's page on Amazon.com Tell your friends too! 



Check out my Bibliography page as well for more of my fiction :-)

"The Elephant in the Room" With a New Illustration

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The Elephant in the Room is the first short story I've ever written, and in this reintroduction, I have an exciting new illustration! Dominic Kampezeni is the artist behind it, he specialises in cartoons and comic strips.
If you haven't yet done so, read about the misadventure of Sylvester Gondwe, a Malawian college student in Cape Town who finds an unconventional vacation job in a newly discovered parallel universe... 
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Disclaimer: reference to any real persons in this story is purely fictional
It was going to be big. Actually, it was going to be Big’s fat older cousin, Colossal. The Prince’s Ball was rumoured to be one unlike any there had ever been – or ever will be, as economists predicted the whole Kingdom would dip into a four…

"The Elephant in the Room" With a New Illustration

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The Elephant in the Room is the first short story I've ever written, and in this reintroduction, I have an exciting new illustration! Dominic Kampezeni is the artist behind it, he specialises in cartoons and comic strips.
If you haven't yet done so, read about the misadventure of Sylvester Gondwe, a Malawian college student in Cape Town who finds an unconventional vacation job in a newly discovered parallel universe... 
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The Elephant in the Room By Ekari Mbvundula


Disclaimer: reference to any real persons in this story is purely fictional
It was going to be big. Actually, it was going to be Big’s fat older cousin, Colossal. The Prince’s Ball was rumoured to be one unlike any there had ever been – or ever will be, as economists predict…