Wednesday, 28 May 2008


Africa Beyond presents


In collaboration with SABLE LitMag

Saturday 31 May – British Museum, Clore Education Centre, 13.00 – 20.15

Admission free, no prebooking

A celebration of African literature and languages!

After the miserable weather we had on Monday (Africa Day)
here's something to get excited about, plus its indoors!


BP Lecture Theatre

13.15-14:15 What kind of English is that! 2 writers read from their work and discuss the way experimental and imaginative they use the English language plus a reading and discussion on Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa famously written in 'rotten English'. With Ben Amunwa (Nigeria) Biram Mboob (The Gambia), Uchenna Izundu (Nigeria).

14.15- 14.45 (Break)

14.45-15.45 : Imagine This…Prize –Winning Women writers 3 writers read from works that have won them prestigious prizes and talk about it means for their writing careers, their influences and African women in writing today. With Karen King-Aribisala (Guyana/Nigeria) , Sade Adeniran(Nigeria) and Molara Wood(Nigeria) .

15.45 – 16.15 (Break)

16.15 – 17.15 Off the page translations: Readings from 3 exciting new books of African poetry in translation! Hear the poetry and discuss the process of translating these works with translators, Mark de Brito and Fathieh Saudi with readings by poets Bashir al Gamar (Sudan) and Isabel Romaine (Cote d'Ivoire).

17.15 – 17.45 (Break)

17.45 - 18.45 Dreams Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African fiction : Celebrate the launch of one of the most important anthologies to come out of Africa this century. It includes work from prize winning and new African writers from all over Africa, the USA, Europe and Australia. Contributors from Kenya, Ghana, USA and the UK will read from the book.

18.45 – 19.15 (Break)

19:15 – 20.00 Finish the day with an acoustic set from sublimeguitarist and singer Modeste Hugues from Madagascar, whoweaves a 'hypnotic carpet of sound'.

Broadcaster Henry Bonsu and Nkechi Ebite present and chair events throughout the day.

Sainsbury African galleries

13.30-14.30Creative writing workshop: Inspired by the textiles, ceramics and sculptures? Tour the galleries with your imagination and write poems and stories with Ebele Ajogbe.

14.30-15.30Storytelling: Listen to Ghanaian stories in Twi/Fante with Nana-Essi Casely-Hayford and Somalian stories with Amina Souliman

15.30-16.30Music and poetry :Bashir al Gamar plays the oud and tells us the stories behind the songs. And Leeds Young Authors, Zodwa Nyoni and Dana Chinyanga perform poetry in Ndebele, Shona and English

16.30-17.30Singing and poetry : Bhelakazi sings in Xhosa and English and performance poetry from Zodwa Nyoni and Dana ChinyangaThe Great Court

14.00-17.00 Arts and crafts activities for children. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Room

18.45-19.45 Do you have what it takes to be a published author?Ellah Allfrey one of Britain's foremost editors in one of the largest publishing houses, Random House, and David Godwin, one of Britain's top literary agents, whose clients include prize winning African authors tell you what is going on in African literature today and offer tips and advice on how to get your manuscripts to them. (Must pre-book. Limited places available).


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