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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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Friday 25 March 2011: Nadifa Mohamed, Kayo Chingonyi

March 16th, 2011

AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING featuring Nadifa Mohamed; introducing Kayo Chingonyi and Luul Hussein
Friday 25 March 2011, 7.20 pm (doors) 7.45 pm (start)
Blue Room, Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
8.00 / 4.00 (conc/limted) [ BOOK HERE ]

African Writers’ Evening starts the new year with new stars. Two years ago we featured Nadifa Mohamed as a rising star and she now has a Betty Trask Award to her name. We are proud to welcome her back alongside two fresh names we are sure you will be hearing great things from in the next five years: Kayo Chingonyi and Luul Hussein.


Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed: Born in Hargeisa, Somalia in 1981 as the country fell into dictatorship, Nadifa Mohamed moved to London with her family in 1986, just before the beginnings of civil war as Siad Barre lost his grip on power. Her début novel, Black Mamba Boy, based on the true story of her father’s life in 1930s, was published in 2009 and was longlisted for
the Orange Prize and shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Prize, The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize as well as the 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize. Nadifa attended Oxford where she studied History and Politics and lives in London.


Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi: A widely anthologised poet and  emerging writer-in-residence at Kingston University, Kayo Chingonyi has performed his work across the UK and internationally, with the British Council, at such venues and events as Tate Britain, London Literature Festival, The Big Chill, The RSC Swan Theatre, New Space Theatre (Cape Town) and Museum Africa (Johannesburg).


Luul Hussein is a student of Cranford Community College whose penchant for writing haunting short stories has been nurtured in secret and fine-tuned by the First Story initiative that runs in her school. This will be her first fully-public reading.

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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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