[Blackstudies-l] Nawal El Saadawi's wisdom & a book club with Abdulrazak Gurnah ✨

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Fri Mar 26 08:39:20 EDT 2021


Join us for the third Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club event, featuring
Abdulrazak Gurnah and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
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Dear friends,

This month's newsletter is simple. Earlier this week we were saddened to
hear *Nawal El Saadawi*, Egyptian feminist, activist and psychiatrist,
passed away aged 89. What a legacy she leaves behind. We reflected on El
Saadawi's words on Twitter
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from our 2016 headline event with Nawal El Saadawi in conversation
with *Margaret
Busby*. You can listen to the conversation
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on our Mixcloud playlist.

In the meantime we look forward to welcoming Booker finalist *Abdulrazak
Gurnah* in conversation with novelist *Novuyo Rosa Tshuma* next Tuesday for
our third *Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club* series. More information
below. We do hope you'll join us
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!

The Royal African Society has recently launched a *call for evidence for
new policy inquiry: Africa and its Diaspora in UK School Curricula* and we
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learn more below.

Finally, we see *Sheila Ruiz*, Deputy Director of the Royal African
Society, leave RAS for a new, bold and exciting adventure at Facebook.
Sheila has been foundational and critical to the conception, development
and success of Africa Writes festival and will be dearly missed. So though
we're sad, we're also thrilled for this new journey in her career. Read her
farewell post
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We'll be in touch soon with a fuller newsletter with exciting content, and
for now we hope you enjoy this simpler offering.

– The Africa Writes team
*Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club*
Join us for our third book club event with Abdulrazak Gurnah on 30 March.
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*Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club Presents: Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Afterlives
Date: Tuesday 30 March*
*Time: 16:00 – 17:00 (GMT)*
*Location: Crowdcast*
*Tickets: FREE* (suggested donations: £2 / £5 / £10)

*With Abdulrazak Gurnah and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.*

*“To read Afterlives is to be returned to the joy of storytelling.” –
Aminatta Forna *

Taking up where his 1994 Booker finalist novel *Paradise* left off,
Abdulrazak Gurnah transports his readers back to the First World War in his
latest novel *Afterlives*. This coming-of-age novel follows the unanchored
adolescent lives of Ilyas, Hamza and Afiya disrupted by the war in the
early twentieth century, and interrogates the personal and political cost
of rebellion.

Ilyas is stolen by the askari, a Swahili and Arabic name for the German
colonial troops, Schutzruppe. Years later he returns home orphaned and his
sister, Afiya, given away. Hamza is not stolen, but was sold and comes of
age in the army. Ilyas and Hamza’s experience in the askari during the war
form the nexus of *Afterlives*. Meanwhile a quiet and resilient romance
buds between Hamza and Afiya.

Praised by Giles Foden as ‘one of Africa’s greatest living writers’,
award-winning author Adbulrazak Gurnah will be in conversation with Novuyo
Rosa Tshuma to discuss the power and essence of how compelling characters
drive a story forward in *Afterlives*. We welcome you to join us even if
you haven’t read the book! In fact we have an excerpt you can delve into
beforehand, *check it out right here*
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This event is part of Africa Writes Exeter – Book Club which has previously
hosted Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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and Maaza Mengiste
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*Listen to Nawal El Saadawi*
Head to our Mixcloud to listen back to El Saadawi's conversation with
Margaret Busby.
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*Listen back to Africa Writes 2016 headline: 'On Being A Woman Writer:
Nawal El Saadawi in conversation'*

The internationally renowned writer, novelist, psychiatrist and fighter for
women’s rights was born in 1931, in a village outside Cairo, and wrote her
first novel at the age of 13. Her many books have been translated into over
forty languages and include titles such as Woman at Point Zero and Women
and Sex, which was banned in Egypt for almost two decades. She reflects on
the question of gender and the challenges posed for women within
traditional and religious societies.

In conversation with Margaret Busby.

*Photo credit: Ivan Gonzalez*
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*More from the Royal African Society*
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*Farewell, with love – Sheila Ruiz*
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Sheila pens a farewell post and reflects on her time and contribution to
RAS.

*"Endings inevitably evoke reflection and nostalgia, and more so when they
come after almost a decade of learning and growing within a close-knit
organisation. It is with a heart full of gratitude that I am writing this
farewell post as I prepare to move on from the Royal African Society to an
exciting new role within the EMEA Community Partnerships team at Facebook."*

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