La Macina di San Cresci



“Artists are interesting creatures. We can be obsessive, dedicated, spirited and single minded in our pursuit for that perfect realisation of our art. We tend to be outsiders and are often that square peg in the round hole, so when you find an oasis like San Cresci you hold on tight -- for it’s that sense of belonging which welcomes you.”
Rebecca Rath , Australia

Discipline: Writer
Country: Zimbabwe
At La Macina: 2023

Rumbi is an accountant with a passion for creative writing, who believes that beyond the sky is the limit.  She also has a strong affinity for volunteering starting from her high school days.

Her writing is based towards women’s fiction, religion and environmental sustainability, struggle (internal & external) and some awesome randomness. In high school, because of her remarkable abstract reasoning, her literature teacher nicknamed her Aristotle.  In College she joined a drama group and during The Bard 100th Anniversary she was selected for three plays and sonnet 114 at a popular local repertoire theatre.

Since 2013 to date, she has volunteered as a poet and scriptwriter for a community development trust now known as Munharaunda Environment and Climate action (MECA), under which she wrote among many others, a poem House of Stone, recited at the 2014 Harare International Carnival. Her work with MECA addresses current issues through roadshows, clean-up campaigns, community engagement under the leadership of Norman Jesinawo. Her first published short story was on Eduzine Global which is now defunct and another one in the Sunday Mail The Bridge. In June 2022 she participated in a half-marathon hosted by The Poetry Marathon,   and one of her poems is part of the anthology to be published this year.

She recently finished her debut novel under women’s fiction and has interests in theatre, music and in gardening. Her book, ‘Ramblings of an Old Teenager’ is a tale grounded in religious narrative about the paradox faced by two women of different generations in colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe. On the climate narrative she focuses on awareness and solutions as there is still more work to do on accountability and she hopes to convey such through her work. She uses her writing to explore the gift of freewill, perfect will and the permissive will of God among other issues. On struggle, she hopes her writing to be part of a movement that integrates prevention and promotion programs for mental health.

She currently resides in Australia. In her free time, she cleans her violin.
















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