Friday 19 March 2010: Lola Jaye & Peter Kalu

AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING featuring Lola Jaye & Peter Kalu
Friday 19 March 2010, 7.30pm (doors)
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
4.00 / 3.00 (conc)

This March, African Writers’ Evening features veteran Nigerian writer Peter Kalu all the way down from Manchester for a début AWE reading in London. Alongside him will be Lola Jaye, also from Nigeria, who will be reading from her newish novel, While You Were Dreaming. In an all West African affair, the event will be hosted by SABLE magazine founder and editor Kadija Sesay, who will also introduce work from a groundbreaking anthology, ‘Dreams, Miracles and Jazz’, co-edited by Helon Habila. As usual, there will be floor spots from some of the emerging African writers on the UK scene.


Pete Kalu is a poet, novelist, editor, activist and playwright. He started writing as a member of the Moss Side Write black writers workshop. Writing prizes he has won include: Pants, Winner, BBC/Contact Theatre Dangerous Comedy Award;  Hills Trees Green Stuff, winner, Bradford and Cumbria Playscript competitions;  No Trace, Winner, Black Film Festival Award. Pete is the author of six novels, and numerous radio and theatre plays under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms. He is an editor for North West of England based publishers, Crocus and Suitcase Press.

Lola Jaye was born and raised in London and has also lived in Nigeria. Her first novel, ‘By The Time You Read This…’ was published by Harper Collins in 2008 and she contributed to the National Quick Read campaign on World Book Day in 2009 by writing a self-help book, ‘Reaching for The Stars – How to Make Your Dreams Come True’. Lola’s second novel, ‘While You Were Dreaming…’ was published in May 2009 and her work has been translated into several languages including Korean and German.

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