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September 18, 2009: Hisham Matar and Leeto Thale

September 14th, 2009
AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING feat. Hisham Matar & Leeto Thale
Friday 18 September 2009
7.30pm (doors)
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
4.00 / 3.00 (conc)
Info: www.x-bout.com/awe
Tickets: http://www.urgoing.to/awe

This September, African Writers’ Evening features debut unpublished novelist Leeto Thale (South Africa) alongside our most famous previous unpublished novelist, Hisham Matar (Libya) for a feast embracing Northern and Southern Africa, celebrating endeavour and success. As usual, there will be floor spots from some of the emerging African writers on the UK scene. Hosted by Nii Ayikwei Parkes.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES

Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar was born in New York in 1970, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived in London since 1986. His first novel In the Country of Men, was written in a captivating child’s voice and won universal acclaim, being shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Guardian First Book Prize and winning several awards including the Commonwealth Prize and Ondaatje Prize. He has also written articles and commentary for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and The New York Times. Hisham has recently completed an early draft of his second novel.

LEETO THALE: Leeto Thale was born in Soweto, South Africa where he was schooled both in Soweto’s public schools and later in the private education initiatives designed to counter the under-education of Black children by the South African government at the time. A podiatrist who dreamed of playing professional football, Leeto’s love of writing and music was nurtured while working for the Steve Biko Foundation. He has since written for numerous publications in South Africa and the UK, is a published poet, and also dabbles in singing and songwriting. Leeto, continues to practice as a Podiatrist, while making inroads with his art. He has just returned from performing at WOMAD and is in the final stages of composing his music album, as well as his first novel.

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AWE – NYC: with Mohammed Naseehu Ali & Patrice Nganang

August 31st, 2009

AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING feat. Mohammed N. Ali & Patrice Nganang
Friday 11 September 2009, 7.00pm (doors open)
Venue: The Bowery Club, 308 Bowery, New York 10012 (Between Houston and Bleecker – F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker)
Ticket: $10


After six years running in the UK, where we have gone from humble beginnings in the storied Poetry Café to regular events at London’s leading arts venue, the Southbank Centre, African Writers’ Evening heads to New York to share some work from West and Central Africa. Former NYPL fellow, Mohammed Naseehu Ali (Ghana) reads alongside Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Afrique Noire winner Patrice Nganang (Cameroon) in what promises to be a scintillating evening of some of the best literature coming out of Africa. Join us on Friday 11 September, 2009 for a groundbreaking evening in New York. Hosted by author and publisher Nii Ayikwei Parkes.

Patrice Nganang

Patrice Nganang

Patrice Nganang
Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon in 1970, Patrice studied Comparative Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Germany), from which he also holds a PhD. He published a collection of poems, Elobi, in 1995, and has since written four novels, of which the most acclaimed is Temps de chien, which was awarded the Prix Marguerite Yourcenar (2001) and the Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Afrique Noire (2002). Temps de chien has been translated into German (Hundezeiten) and English (Dog Days, University of Virginia Press).

Patrice is Assistant Professor of Literary Theory at SUNY – Stony Brook and is a recognised African literature specialist contributing regularly to academic journals around the world.

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Mohammed N. Ali

Mohammed N. Ali

Mohammed Naseehu Ali
Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1971, Mohammed Naseehu Ali is a writer and musician. A 2007 New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers fellow, he is the author of the short story collection, The Prophet of Zongo Street (Amistad, 2005).  As a musician he has composed original soundtracks for independent movies and written music for DVD trivia games based on the blockbusters Shrek and Madagascar. Mohammed is a graduate of Bennington College and his fiction and essays have featured in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of the Tribes and Essence. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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