Veteran writer Alfred Msadala returns to the circuit when he launches his memoirs tomorrow at Bishop Mackenzie Hall in Blantyre.
Titled A Ragged Portfolio of My Portrait and published by Acin, the 322-page book picks on the author’s memoirs selected from his life milestones; from his background and family history, school life and life at work, his family and church and physical challenges.
He then drifts into his development as a writer and includes samples of his work both in prose and poetry.
“There are sections about what people have written about me, especially my writing; some appraisals and criticisms. As well as people who have preferred to share some literary interests,” he says.
He is a critic, poet and novelist and is considered to be one of Malawi’s finest literary voices.
Msadala’s creative resume is based on performances at various literary venues and events all over the globe.
He has travelled various countries to recite his poems and one of his popular poems is titled It Rumbled.
He often performs at different festivals in Malawi and is currently the board chairman of the Blantyre Arts Festival. He is also president of PEN Malawi as well as president of Book Publishers Association of Malawi (BPAM).
Some of his books include The Forum Annexe (2014), Church of Christ the King at 50 (Editor) 2012, Ten Tidal Waves (2012), Sprouts of Dowa Hills (Editor) (2011), Mangadzi was Here and Other Stories (co-edited with Zondiwe Mbano) 2011, Norwegian Literature—a Malawian Appraisal (2004), Neighbour’s Wife and Other Stories from Malawi (Editor) (2002), We Lost Track of Ausi (2000), Destined for Great Things (1999), One Steve Chimombo (1996) and Reminiscence (1996).