BZS AGM 21 October 2017

Saturday 21 October 2017
Announcing the BZS 36th AGM from 2.00 to 3.00p.m. and
the open meeting  open to all from 3.15p.m entitled:Inside/Outside:
A focus on the diaspora– what can they do inside and outside Zimbabwe
Venue:  St James’s Church Hall, 11 Prebend Street, London N1 8PF(nearest tube Angel)

Inside/Outside – Thinking about Zimbabwe
A Britain Zimbabwe Society discussion to explore ways in which people in Zimbabwe think about the diaspora and ways in which the diaspora think about Zimbabwe

Conrad Mwanza, Zimbabwe Achievers Awards
Pat Brickhill, Britain Zimbabwe Society
Marcellina Chikasha, African Democratic Party and ZiNERA (to be confirmed)
Pelagia Nyamayaro, Phoenix Healthcare and Recruitment and Brunel University
All are welcome to attend.
Please Download  Inside Outside Programme for  information about the  programme.  Download the latest AGM2017 revised programme information on the speakers

For those attending the AGM before the discussion meeting new officers for the society may be nominated for election by contacting the secretary stating which person is being nominated and for which post; and by whom they are being nominated. Contact Pat Brickhill via zimgekko@aol.com and zimgekko@gmail.com before 14 October


Saturday 7 October ZET in Leeds

The Zimbabwe Education Trust will be holding an open meeting  to celebrate their 30th anniversary from 7.00p.m. at St Chad’s Hall in Headingley supported by food and entertainment. All are invited from the Zimbabwe diaspora and all those interested. Tickets can be booked in advance (or at the door). download information and book here.
Please download a flyer for the event and post it on your Facebook page if you live in the Leeds area.


Latest Update: BZS Research Day programme Oxford University 17 June 2017

Download the BZS_RD17_programme_updated 12Jun17   –  Also please download the biographies as we have an impressive line up on saturday. BZS RD17_speaker bios_promotional

Still a few days to register to attend on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/staying-alive-in-zimbabwe-tickets-33048520013 and you can also register on the day.

A reminder that the Research Day programme includes a book launch by Marieke Clarke and our guest speaker Pathisa Nyathi, of their biography of Welshman Mabhena, published in Zimbabwe last year and now available in the UK through African Books Collective. Marieke and Pathisa will be signing copies and the book will be on sale from the bookstall during the refreshment and lunch breaks on Saturday.

“Welshman Hadane Mabhena: A voice for Matabeleland” was written by Marieke Faber Clarke with Pathisa Nyathi and published by Amagugu Publishers, Bulawayo, September 2016. The book is distributed in the UK by African Books Collective.

Welshman Mabhena was an iconic figure in  the Zimbabwean nationalist struggle. Of noble origin, he faced humiliation, threats to his life,detention and imprisonment under appalling conditions and for many years. But he remained loyal to the ideals of the nationalist struggle that he sacrificed
precious time to achieve. Elected Secretary-General of ZAPU in 1985,  Welshman Mabhena was one of the architects of the Unity Accord of 1987. He was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament and became ZANU-PF Matabeleland North Provincial Chairman. In 1992 he was made Governor of Matabeleland North. His tenure of office was not renewed by the head of state and Welshman Mabhena was dismissed from
the role of Governor in 2000. He died at home in 2010 and is buried in Bulawayo.


Subaltern Women’s Narratives of Resistance- Conference 23 June 2017, University of Sheffield

Members are invited  to attend an international, interdisciplinary conference on Subaltern Women’s Narratives of Resistance. The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Rashmi Varma (Warwick), and the plenary speech will be given by Professor Laura Serrant (Sheffield Hallam). Our presenters are joining us from all over the world, bringing new scholarship in the field.

The presentations will be followed by a poetry-reading session by two renowed Yorkshire and Derbyshire-based poets, Dr. Debjani Chatterjee MBE and Seni Seneviratne.

The event is free to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
You can find the full programme here: https://subalternnarratives.wordpress.com/conference-programme/

To register please visit our Eventbrite page.

Research Day Lunch at St Antony’s College_Last Booking Day 7 June 2017

Dear friend,
If you are registered to attend ‘Staying Alive’ on 17 June, or if you are intending to come, please note that lunch will be available in the St Antony’s buttery by pre-paid lunch voucher _only_ (cost £11.00 for a choice of two courses). If you have ordered a voucher, you will be able to collect and pay for it at the entrance desk on the day (cash or cheque, sorry, no card payments). Please let the organisers know by WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE latest if you would like to take lunch in St
Antony’s, by emailing margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk

We regret that spare vouchers will not be available if you have not ordered one in advance. Other alternatives for lunch are cafes and pubs in the area, or bring your own packed lunch to eat in the St Antony’s garden.

To book tickets in advance for the conference:

Thank you,


Welcome to the Britain Zimbabwe Society

This is the developing word press site for the Britain Zimbabwe Society. The Britain Zimbabwe Society (BZS) was established after Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980 to share information, promote friendship and facilitate networking between the two countries.

In addition BZS organises a BZS Research Day annually in June, to highlight research by academics on Zimbabwe both in that country and in the Diaspora. A Review with details of newly published books, economic reviews and articles of general interest, is published three times a year. Membership of the organisation provides access to BZS Information which promotes news and debate on the current situation in Zimbabwe and events linked to Zimbabwe. For further details on joining the BZS please consult the information on membership provided elsewhere on this site.