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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.

BIOS:

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.

BIOS:

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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November 20, 2009: Nadifa Mohamed @ Southbank Centre

November 11th, 2009

AFRICAN WRITERS’ EVENING feat. Nadifa Mohammed & a parade of emerging writers
Friday 20 November 2009, 7.30pm
Weston Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
FREE (Invitation only – please send your name by e-mail to events [at] x-bout [DOT] com

For our annual finale, African Writers’ Evening returns to its exploratory origins – with four short readings from emerging writers, followed by a featured reading from Nadifa Mohammed, a Somalian writer who is herself still waiting for the release of her first novel by HarperCollins. Hosted by Nii Ayikwei Parkes.

Nadifa Mohamed

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. She was educated in London and went to Oxford to study History and Politics. Her début novel, Black Mamba Boy, based on the true story of her father’s life in 1930s, was acquired by HarperCollins UK in 2008. Nadifa is currently working on her second novel.

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