The Africa Writes Festival is over for the year. Headlined by a sold-out interview with Ama Ata Aidoo, it took place at the British Library between 11th and 13th July, 2014. All that is left now are memories.
The Royal Africa Society has many more images on their Flickr page here. But if you missed out on my reading, there is yet another opportunity to catch up this Friday.
The great thing of course about having a collection of a hundred poems and the first volume of a hundred stories to hand is that you can talk about almost any subject really, and have a scrap of fiction or a line of verse at hand to illustrate your point…
That’s the theory at least.
Well, I am putting it to test this Friday, 25th July, 2014, at the Albion Beatnik bookshop at 34 Walton Street, Oxford, a short walk from the Ashmolean Museum. (More details on the Facebook page here) There’s something about Dennis’ indie book store that brings me back here again and again. We have launched the print edition of African Writing here, as well as Diaries of a Dead African, and The Ghost of Sani Abacha; but the venue’s special place in Oxford’s literary firmament is better explained in this Guardian piece.
My Friday ‘conversation’ will be illustrated with stories and poetry from How to Spell Naija in a 100 Short Stories, and The Final Testament of a Minor God. God permitting, we’ll have fun.
Join us if you can.