[Blackstudies-l] What's on today at Africa Writes? Sunday

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Sun Jul 5 10:52:53 EDT 2015


Last year I was at the British Library for the three-day Festival ...  So
very sad I could not make it this time.


                *What's on at Africa Writes today? - Sunday*

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        Good
morning!

Today's the last day! It's been a fantastic weekend at Africa Writes so
far. Ben Okri gave a memorable and very quotable (judging by Twitter) talk
on 'Meditations of Greatness' to a sold out and very engaged audience.
During the day we challenged the notion of 'African romance'; we saw how
travel and life experiences bring creativity to nonfiction; Frances Mensah
Williams told us her inspiration behind her debut novel; we had beautifully
performed poetry; a sneak preview of the British Library's upcoming
exhibition on West Africa; and an audience with the 2015 Caine Prize
shortlist.

Here's a reminder of what's on the programme for the last day (Sunday 5th
July). All of the sessions today are free and you can just turn up as
usual. Don't miss our final day!

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See you soon!
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   *New
Nigerian fiction*
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12:15  – 13:15
FREE

Launching four debut novels, Ike Anya talks to writers about their new
releases and asks what new Nigerian fiction is.

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   *The
Place of Literary Magazines in African Literature*
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13:30  – 14:30
FREE

Editors of both established and new publications showcase their latest
issues and share their commissioning processes, while reflecting on the
form and influence of literary magazines for African writing today.

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   *Observing
the White Gaze*
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14:45  – 15:45
FREE

Using Toni Morrison’s idea of the ‘white gaze’, this panel explores and
contests the narrative that contemporary African writing is created by the
global publishing industry.

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   *Sunday
by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor*
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16:00  – 17:00
FREE

A staged reading of this bold and haunting intergenerational drama, which
explores love between Nigerian women, sexuality and religion.
               *Children's Workshops*

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      *The
Wedding Week*
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11:00  – 12:00
FREE
Aimed at 5-7 year olds

Author Chimaechi Allan reads from her picture book *The Wedding Week* set
in Lagos, and uses her story to discuss days of the week, counting,
festivals, and celebrations, phonics and new vocabulary.
   *Gbagba*
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13:00  – 14:00
FREE
Aimed at 8-10 year olds

Robtel Neajai Pailey reads from Gbagba which follows a few days in the life
of Liberian twins, Sundaymah and Sundaygar and explores issues of
corruption through a beautifully illustrated children’s narrative.
                   *Africa Writes Book Fair*
Sunday 5 July, 12:00 – 16:00

Find your next read at our book fair, offering a wide selection of fiction
and non-fiction, contemporary and African literature classics.

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