»The shotgun jerked in his hands and the stock kicked into his side. He ignored the pain. Out of the explosion of the discharge came a long whistling sound from the owl, which now legless and bloodied about the belly, sank down and seemingly settled into the wall. Except for its eyes. The eyes still lived. «
from Crossing the Divide in Short Writings from Bulawayo II
Derek emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1959 at the age of eighteen to join the B.S.A. Police. He rode horse patrols in Matabeleland and later became a detective with the Criminal Investigation Department. In 1974 he opened Gallery Delta for the promotion of contemporary painting and is still managing this venue. He has, intermittently, written short stories over a period of thirty years and has one published collection of stories, Stained Earth. The Letters of Yvonne Vera and Derek Huggins‚ 2002-2004, are lodged in the archive at National English Literature Museum of South Africa at Grahamstown.
amaBooks writings by Derek Huggins
Short Stories: Mtagati Mkulu in Short Writings from Bulawayo and Crossing the Divide in Short Writings from Bulawayo II