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Friday July 21, 2006
Start Time: 7.30pm

The African Writers' Evening welcomes Hisham Matar (Libya) back after the successful sale of his first manuscript to Penguin (Viking) and subsequent publication of In The Country of Men. He will be joined by the poet Jessica Mkakyera Horn (Uganda) reading from her recently completed manuscript, Speaking in Tongues, which will be released later in the year. Hosted as always by Nii Ayikwei Parkes.

Address 1: 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2
entry: £4
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May: Hisham Matar & Jessica Mkakyera Horn

Hisham Matar:
Hisham Matar was born in New York in 1970 and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. He has lived in London since 1986. His first novel In The Country of Men, is written in a captivating child's voice and has been touted as one of the novels of the summer. He was recently profiled in the Guardian and is currently at work on his second novel set between Cairo and London.

Jessica Mkakyera Horn:
Jessica Horn is a poet and women's rights activist with roots in Uganda's Mountains of the Moon and the shadows of New York's Yankee stadium. A cultural nomad, Jessica has lived in Lesotho, the Fiji Islands and the USA, and now lives and works in London. She won the Sojourner Poetry Prize in 2001, judged by June Jordan, for her poem 'Dis UN: For Rwanda' and recently finished work on her first book of poems, which is released later this year.

Books by Authors:
In The Country of Men


African Writers' Evening listed in BBC recommended events list
Previous feature, Diana Evans, wins Orange New Writer Prize
Founder Nii Ayikwei Parkes fronts BBC's African Bookclub
Previous feature, Hisham Matar, published by Viking (Penguin)

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