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: 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: 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.