[Blackstudies-l] Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen, New Daughters of Africa & Poetry at Africa Writes, 5 - 7 July 2019

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Africa Writes is back! Tickets are now on sale for this exciting weekend
celebrating writing from Africa & the diaspora.
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Dear Friends,

We are excited to share with you the events that will headline Africa
Writes! We are delighted to welcome *Chigozie Obioma* as the festival
headline author for 2019. The Man Booker shortlisted novelist will discuss
his writing, Igbo mythology, fatherhood, masculinity and stories of the
everyday, closing the three-day event on Sunday, 7th July.

The event opens with an evocative staged reading of *The Fishermen, *adapted
by Gbolahan Obisesan. Obioma will then discuss his debut novel which
inspired the play, and his new novel *An Orchestra of Minorities*. Set
between Nigeria and Cyprus, the novel is ‘a heart-wrenching epic about the
tension between destiny and determination’.

Not only that, but we'll be bringing two other headline events as part of
the festival. A special panel of incredible women writers will join us on
Saturday 6th July to discuss the recently launched anthology *New Daughters
of Africa* - editor Margaret Busby and contributors Bernardine Evaristo,
Nadifa Mohamed, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ and Namwali Serpell.

On Friday 5th July, the festival will open with *Our Bodies Speak Poetry*,
an evening of intergenerational poetry and story-telling exploring the body
as a site of power, possibilities and resistance.

Headline event tickets, weekend and day passes are on sale today... so grab
your tickets quick! Remember you can get *40% off *your tickets by joining
Royal African Society as a member (find out more here
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The
full programme will be announced in May. We can't wait to see you there!

*The Africa Writes Team*

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*Chigozie Obioma in conversation and The Fishermen*

Sunday 7 July, 15:30 - 18:30
£20 / £18 / £15 / £12 for RAS Members

*A double-bill of mythic Igbo traditions including a staged reading and a
conversation with the author *

Man Booker shortlisted novelist Chigozie Obioma discusses his writing, Igbo
mythology and stories of the everyday. In a conversation with readings
from *The
Fishermen* and *An Orchestra of Minorities*, we explore blurred lines
between myth and reality, thoughts on fatherhood and masculinity, and
reworking ancient Greek classics with Igbo cosmology. The evening opens
with evocative staged reading of *The Fishermen*, adapted by Gbolahan
Obisesan.

*Chigozie Obioma *was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives
in the United States. He is an assistant professor of Literature and
Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His debut novel,
The Fishermen, is winner of the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction,
the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, and the Art Seidenbaum
Award for First Fiction (Los Angeles Times Book Prizes); and was a finalist
for the Man Booker Prize 2015, as well as for several other prizes in the
US and UK. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global
Thinkers of 2015.

*Tickets include both the staged reading and in conversation. *

*Image by Jason Keith*
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*New Daughters of Africa*

Saturday 6 July, 19:00 - 20:30
£15 / £12 / £10 / £9 for RAS Members

*Celebrating Black women’s writing in a landmark anthology*

Twenty-five years after Margaret Busby’s landmark anthology *Daughters of
Africa*, this new companion volume brings together the work of over 200
writers from across the globe – Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA – to
celebrate a unifying heritage, illustrate an uplifting sense of sisterhood
and showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora,
particularly in the past 25 years. Comprising a wealth of genres and
styles, this anthology speaks to the strong links that endure from
generation to generation as well as the common obstacles that women writers
of colour continue to face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and
class.

In this event, four contributors to the new anthology, Bernardine Evaristo,
Nadifa Mohamed, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ and Namwali Serpell, join Margaret
Busby in conversation to celebrate the global sweep, diversity and
extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers.

*Presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.*
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*Our Bodies Speak Poetry*

Friday 5 July, 19:00 - 20:30
£12 / £8 / £7.20 for RAS Members

*An evening of intergenerational poetry and story-telling exploring the
body as a site of power, possibilities and resistance. *

What does the body mean to you? Who draws the boundaries of what the body
is or what it could potentially be? Join us for an evening of poetry and
story-telling exploring the relationship we have with our bodies (poetical,
physical, political, fantastical) and the shifting perceptions across
generations. Line-up for the night to be confirmed.

*Image: Koleka Putuma, photo by Andy Mkosi*

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*Africa Writes Weekend Pass*

Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th July, Daytime
£20 /* £12 for RAS Members*

Expect an exciting programme of book launches, panel conversation,
readings, performance and workshops which showcases the best in new writing
from the continent and the diaspora. The full festival programme will be
announced in May.

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*Africa Writes Bristol*

*Saturday 29th June - Thursday 4th July*

Save the dates for a series of book launches, panels, performances and
workshops celebrating contemporary literature from Africa, the South West
and the diaspora. The programme will include a full day of activities on
the Saturday, followed by a series of evening events across the city.
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*Becoming 'masters of language' in Brent: Africa Writes Young Voices
workshops begin!*

We are working with schools and poets to open up the world of African and
diaspora literature to young people and inspire them to write and perform
their own poetry.

Last week, *Nick Makoha* was at Newman Catholic College in Brent, where
English Teacher *Rossana Amado* is leading on a *Black Boys Reading Club*
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*In the poetry and prose of things unspoken: Writing the ‘SELF’ in an age
of media*
Sat 13 April 2019, 11am-5pm, BRISTOL

In this one-off innovative writing workshop with Ronnie McGrath you will be
encouraged to think about your writing in the context of a diverse world
where notions of identity are constantly in flux.

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*Africa Writes London 2019 is supported by Arts Council England, British
Council, Miles Morland Foundation and hosted by the British Library. *

*Africa Writes Bristol 2019 is supported by Arts Council England, the
Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, University of Bristol and
University of Exeter. *
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