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British ambassador to the UK Catriona Laing hosted a reception for two writers Petina Gappah and Paula Hawkins and spoke to us on the side of it.
On why the event took place:
I was so excited when Petina was bringing Paula Hawkins, now world-renowned author (The Girl On The Train) to Zimbabwe for an event at the Reps Theatre I said ‘I would like to host something for the two of you. As Petina said even though they are both Zimbabweans they came together writing in the UK… So this is a classic example the amazing UK-Zimbabwe partnership. And the third part of that partnesrship is Chipo Chung a Zimbabwean actress based in the UK .. So the event this was an evening to celebrate these three women.
Laing describes herself as a book junkie naming Gappah’s Book of Memories and Hawkins’s The Girl On The Train among her favourites. She describes the achievements of both women as ‘phenomenal’.
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On the UK-Zimbabwe literature relationship Laing says it has worked because of both country’s love for the English language and literature. She is keen during the remainder of a her tenure to make sure more activities of this nature happen.