BULAWAYO-BORN writer Christopher Mlalazi has established a publishing company Plumtree Books.
The company will specialise in children’s literature.
Mlalazi told Southern Eye Lifestyle that he would work closely with other writers who are interested in children’s literature upon realising that most authors in the country were mainly concerned about adult literature.
“I realised that our own children do not have adequate literature to sharpen their minds when they are still young,” he said.
“Our children are affected by the borrowed literature from other countries, especially Europe, because Western literature does not capture our lifestyle and does not correspond with our environment.”
Plumtree Books has already published Mlalazi’s children’s stories, which was released in November last year titled Giraffe Get’s A Long Neck
It’s a beautiful story with fantastic illustrations that were done by talented Bulawayo visual artist, Aubrey Bango.
The book is now available on Amazon and has made remarkable sales in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Mlalazi is currently in Germany where he is furthering his studies and has won several awards in the country, including the National Arts Merit Awards.
His works appeal to people of every age group as he manages to capture various life events.