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Thursday 7 July 2011: Ben Okri & Sarah Ladipo Manyika

July 7th, 2011

AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING (Talk Series) featuring Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Ben Okri
Thursday 7  July 2011, 7.20 pm (doors) 7.45 pm (start)
Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
8.00 / 4.00 (conc/limted) [ SOLD OUT ]

To celebrate the South Bank’s history as a brewery site, African Writers’ Evening explores the role of the bar as a key location in fiction. The evening features readings and conversation with Ben Okri, whose Madame Koto’s Bar plays a pivotal role in the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of the novel In Dependence, in which bars in Oxford, Jos and San Francisco play a role. The readings and discussions will be moderated by writer and social commentator, Nii Ayikwei Parkes.


Ben Okri: Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in Minna, northern Nigeria and grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria. A former poetry editor for West Africa magazine, he started writing in the 70s but came to prominence in 1991 when his third novel, The Famished Road, the first in a trilogy, won the Booker Prize for fiction. Ben has won several awards since then, including the Premio Palmi (Italy) and was named an OBE in 2001. His most recent book is A Time for New Dreams, a book of essays.


Sarah Ladipo Manyika: Raised in Nigeria, Sarah Ladipo Manyika has lived in Kenya, England and France. After undergraduate study in the Universities of Birmingham and Bordeaux, she completed her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley and now lectures in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Sarah has published essays, academic papers, book reviews and short stories. Her novel, In Dependence, was published in 2008.

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AFRICAN BOOK MARKET – Friday July 16, 2010

July 14th, 2010

AFRICAN BOOK MARKET is a ground-breaking FREE event at the Poetry Cafe, London

For many years audiences of African Writers’ Evening have complained about how hard it is to locate books by African writers in mainstream bookshops. Even when they are in stock, they are rarely in a consistent section: sometimes in a special ‘Black’ section, sometimes with the ‘normal’ books. While a lot of this is changing African Writers’ Evening have organised this event to achieve two things –
1) make a sizeable array of books by African writers published in the UK available in one place at discounted prices
(some of the publishers involved are Random House/Vintage, Profile/Serpents Tail, flipped eye/mouthmark, little brown/Virago and Routledge/Wasafiri.)
2) bring the authors and some of the publishers into the marketplace so they can see that there are actual lovers of African writing out there, while providing a forum for possible dialogue and interaction.

The way the AFRICAN BOOK MARKET works is simple:

* It is on from 5-10pm on July 16 2010 at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.
* It is FREE
* You can STOP IN anytime 5pm and 10pm
* There will be books by African writers from major as well as smaller publishing houses AT DISCOUNT PRICES. Also available will be magazines that feature and review writing from Africa.
* Some members of staff from the publishing houses will be present.
* Authors, including many of our previous features such as Yaba Badoe will be dropping in at various times during the day to sign books and talk to readers. Follow us on twitter or facebook to be kept updated on the authors who are coming at very specific times: Twitter | Facebook

walk inbuy a bookenjoy!

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