20ELEVATION. A new year. A new season.

My study desk is a hurricane chaos of academic monographs – philosophical, political and creative. For the past few years I have researching on the psychology and aesthetics of creative anarchy in English and African literatures. A rewarding pursuit and yet one that has been keeping me away from reading for the sake of reading. The most readings I have been doing has been through browsing books in High Street bookshops. I miss the thrill of reading. This year, one of my ambitions is to actually read as many books to the last page. Reading is the best apprenticeship any writer needs. It is a perpetual craving that feeds and educates. I also encourage you to READ: It’s a challenge.

This is an open issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly with pieces that challenge, inspire and encourage. Take a moment to read, to journey, to participate in dialogues that enrich and help you discover a different territory, listen and feel different voices and immerse in different experiences. Three Zimbabwean writers dialogue on the literature of their country in the backdrop of a political crisis; a Namibian songstress and poetess shares her experiences and gives a glimpse of the literary and cultural potential of her country. There is also an eclectic mix of poetry, reviews and short stories by writers from America to Britain; Nigeria to South Africa.

Be part of the Sentinel literary experience by sending in submissions or feedback – our lifeblood is our ability to interact with the world.

Tinashe Mushakavanhu


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