African Writers' Evening @ Poetry Cafe, London: Friday 15.09.2006
AFRICAN WRITERS' EVENING
Friday 15 September 2006, 7.30pm (doors)
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
4.00 / 3.00 (conc)
This month African Writers' Evening represents East Africa through celebrated writer and translator Wangui Wa Goro and Zimbabwean poet Togara Muzanenhamo, whose first collection has just been published by Carcanet. Hosted by Nii Ayikwei Parkes who will perform from a suite of poems called 'Transit'.
Wangui Wa Goro:
Wangui wa Goro is a writer as well as an academic social critic, researcher, translator and campaigner for human rights in Africa and Europe. She has been involved in rights for race, gender equality and democracy for over twenty years.
She is a pioneer in translation of African literature and her translation of Ngugi wa Thion'o's work from Gikuyu to English brought her global acclaim. She also translates ground breaking and award winning authors from French to English.
Togara Muzanenhamo was born in Lusaka, Zambia in 1975 to Zimbabwean parents. He was brought up in Zimbabwe and studied in France and the Netherlands. His poems have appeared in magazines in Europe, South Africa and Zimbabwe. His first book of poems, Spirit Brides, is published by Carcanet Press.