In 1989 I was awarded an international writers' exchange bursary by Northern Arts. This enabled me to spend 4 months in Zimbabwe working with theatre companies, writers, publishers and educators. My exchange partner was the renowned Zimbabwean writer Charles Mungoshi. It was a life-changing experience. For an account of my trip you can read this pdf document.

Northern Arts suggested I return in 1996 and provided a second bursary. I worked with Albert Nyathi's Imbongi Theatre, ran drama workshops at Northcot, an institution for young offenders, and directed The Trials of Brother Jero by Wole Soyinka for Rooftop Productions at Theatre in the Park, Harare.

My short story Writing to the President published in this anthology was informed by my time in Zimbabwe.