Event: New Voices of Nigeria, 6 April 2016, Oxford Literary Festival

New Voices of Nigeria:

Elnathan John, Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Leye Adenle

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre


aquotesA group of authors and publishers join forces to discuss new Nigerian writing to mark the launch of Cassava Republic Press in the UK. The group will be introduced by Nigerian-born Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri.

Elnathan John is author of Born on a Tuesday, a debut novel that is a tale of brotherhood and tragedy set in modern Nigeria’s complex religious landscape. Sarah Ladipo Manyika is author of Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, a story of ageing, friendship and loss. Leye Adenle’s Easy Motion Tourist is a crime novel featuring a feisty female protagonist taking on the dark criminal underworld of Lagos.

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Souffles turns 50: Remembering the “Breath” of Moroccan Francophone Literature

AiW Guest: Khalid Lyamlahy

Khalid Lyamlahy recalls the role played by Moroccan review Souffles in initiating a new cultural movement in 1960s Morocco.

This is part of our joint series with the LSE Africa blog: Reflections on African Literature taking place this week alongside the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016.

Why is francophone North African literature becoming increasingly popular in the UK and the US? Any attempt to answer this fundamental question should take into consideration two decisive factors: first, the development of postcolonial studies in English and American universities over the recent decades; second, the context of recent upheavals in Arab countries. In this context, reading francophone North African literature stands as a way to approach the dynamics of social, cultural and political movements and understand the multifarious challenges facing the Maghreb region. In Morocco, where politics and culture have often been subject to contentious but…

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I Am Not Done with African Immigrant Literature

AiW Guest Shadreck Chikoti


I get afraid, very afraid, when somebody, anybody, prescribes to me which books to read and not to read. When somebody gives me a template of what African literature ought to look like.

And boy! You can imagine the shock I got when I read an article on okayafrica.com written by the gifted Siyanda Mohutsiwa, in which she gave a prescription for African literature, authenticating some forms and denouncing another.

I’d just finished watching an interview with Dambudzo Marechera on YouTube, when a Facebook friend pointed me to this article in which the author pronounces her dislike of “African immigrant literature” and declares that she has, with immediate effect, stopped reading this genre because, she writes, “I couldn’t get over the fact that my first encounter with Alain Mabanckou’s work was a foot-chase in a Paris subway station (The Fugitive). I couldn’t take a single…

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Event: Art, Literature and Environmental Justice, 5 February 2016, London

The role of arts in the fight for environmental justice in West Africa and beyond

5 February 2016, 18:30 – 20:00,

British Library London

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aquotesJust over twenty years ago writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni activists were executed by the Nigerian military government for their campaign against the exploitation of the Niger Delta by Shell. A panel of writer Helon Habila, artists Sokari Douglas Camp and Michael McMillan, designer Jon Daniel and artist-campaigner Suzanne Dhaliwal discuss the role of the arts in the fight for environmental justice in West Africa and beyond. The event is chaired by curator David A Bailey, MBE.

In association with Platform London

David A Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator who lives and works in London.  His practice is focused on the issues that relate to black representations in the areas of photography, performance…

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Event: Bare Lit Festival, 26-27 February, London

aquotesBare Lit Festival: a literary festival focused entirely on writers of colour to highlight the amazing work being produced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers.

This February a new festival is set to change the UK literary landscape: Bare Lit, the country’s first literature festival devoted wholly to BAME authors.

Organised by Media Diversified, Bare Lit seeks to celebrate the work and achievements of BAME literary voices in the UK.

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The two-day festival, which takes place on 26 and 27 February in London, offers a lineup of established and new international authors, including novelist Xiaolu Guo, poet Jane Yeh, London’s Young Poet Laureate Selina Nwulu, journalist and fiction author Robin Yassin-Kassab, and many more. Events focus on addressing the question of what it means to be a writer of colour in the 21st century, with performances, panels and conversations such as “Second-Generation Poets in Exile”…

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