William Saidi: Journalist and Novelist

William Saidi started working as a journalist in 1957 and has worked for various newspapers in Zambia and Zimbabwe. He was the editor of The Daily News on Sunday until the paper was closed.

His first short story appeared in The African Parade in 1956. Since then he has had short stories published in South Africa, Zambia, Sweden, Egypt, the United States, on the BBC and in the former Soviet Union. Another of his short stories appears in Writing Now.

His novels include The Hanging (1975), Day of the Baboons (1980), The Old Bricks Lives (1988),  Gwebede’s Wars  (1989) and The Brothers of Chatima Road (1990).


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