Irene Sabatini - Writer - Official Website

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Irene Sabatini won the
2010 Orange Award for New Writers

She published PEACE AND CONFLICT in 2014.

A new book in 2020 by The Indigo Press.
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Irene divides her time between
New York, Geneva and Bulawayo.
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Irene Sabatini spent her childhood in the laid back city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, gobbling up books from the Public Library. After University in Harare she ventured across continents to Colombia, excited by the chance to live in, learn from, and be inspired by a new culture.

One early morning she found herself in the lush countryside outside Bogot√°, sitting on the veranda of a former Dominican monastery: in the quiet, she opened a red notebook and started writing.

She has yet to stop.
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I was born some fifty years ago in Hwange, a coal mining town in western Zimbabwe. I grew up in Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe, which is known for its graceful colonial era architecture, examples of which can be found on the picture gallery page of this website.

I spent many hours in the fabulous Public Library, down in the basement of the children's section devouring everything from Enid Blyton to Shane by Jack Schaefer, one of my favourite books. I left quiet Bulawayo for 'The Sunshine City', Harare, to attend university. Harare is all hustle and bustle, with some fantastic futuristic buildings.

After university I went to Colombia where I stayed for four years working as teacher and studying for my masters. One of my biggest thrills in Colombia was catching sight of the legendary Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartegena de Indias. 'Here, in front of me, is a real, living writer', I remember thinking. 'They exist!'.

Soon after that, I started writing. The writing seemed to just spiral out of me, and if I had to pick a time when I really started this journey it would be that wonderful quiet morning on a verandah so many years ago in the Colombian countryside..

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