Catherine Buckle

Writer, Author

1957 –


Who is Catherine Buckle?

Catherine Buckle or Cathy Buckle is a Zimbabwean writer and blogger living in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She and her former husband bought "Stow Farm" in Marondera in 1990 and managed to make the farm productive and viable. However, in 2000 they lost their farm during the chaotic Land redistribution program to a group of "war veterans" who claimed rights to her land.

She trained as a social worker at the University of Zimbabwe and graduated in Social Work in 1979. She later trained as a Librarian and worked as the School Librarian and Head Counsellor at an Harare girls senior school.

Buckle has written four books for children. She has also written the non-fictional African Tears, the Zimbabwe Land Invasions telling about her struggle after she lost her farm, and Beyond Tears, Zimbabwe's tragedy', when she returned to it two years later and it had been turned into a squatter camp. In 2009 she published Innocent Victims: Rescuing the Stranded Animals of Zimbabwe's Farm Invasions.

Despite heavy pressures on writers by the Zimbabwean Government, Buckle writes a weekly e-mail telling of the current situation in Zimbabwe which is sent around the globe.

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on July 23, 2013


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