Friday 30 September 2011: Ellen Banda-Aaku and Ken Kamoche

AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING featuring Ellen Banda-Aaku and Ken Kamoche
Friday 30 September 2011, 7.30pm (doors)
Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
4.00 / 3.00 (conc)
Info: (Poetry Café – 020 7420 9888)
For September’s serving of fictional delights, African Writers’ Evening goes South East; south for Zambia’s Ellen Banda-Aaku, winner of the 2010 Penguin Prize for African writing, and east for Kenya’s nomad, Ken Kamoche, whose debut, A Fragile Hope, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize in 2008.
Ken N. Kamoche, an academic and a writer of fiction, was born and raised in Kenya. His collection of short stories, ‘A Fragile Hope’ (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Book Award. His other stories have appeared in anthologies such as ‘Dreams Miracles and Jazz’, ‘One World Anthology’ and ‘New Writing from Africa 2009’, as well as in magazines such as Ambit, Wasafiri, Kunapipi, World Literature Today and AuthorMe. ‘A Glimpse of Life’ won the Olaudah Equiano second prize in 2008. ‘True Warriors,’ Ken’s first novel, was first published as a short story in Crossing Borders.
Ellen Banda-Aaku is a UK-born Zambian writer who writes for children and adults. Her first book for children ‘Wandi’s Little Voice,’ won the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa in 2004 and she won the Commonwealth Short story competition for her story, ‘Sozi’s Box’. Ellen’s short stories have been published in anthologies in Australia, South Africa the UK and the US. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and her first Novel, ‘Patchwork’, won the 2010 Penguin Prize for African writing and has just been released in the UK.

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