African Writers' Evening @ Poetry Cafe, London: Friday 08.06.07
AFRICAN WRITERS' EVENING (special evening as part of Word from Africa Season)
Friday 8 June 2007, 7.30pm prompt
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London (Covent Garden tube)
Info: www.bbc.co.uk/africabeyond and www.x-bout.com/awe
This month the African Writers' Evening features, in collaboration with the Word From Africa Festival, three writers - two (a poet and a debut novelist) from Nigeria and one from Kenya. June's special event will be hosted by Ghanaian writer, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, whose poem Tin Roof has been unveiled as one of the six chosen for the Poems on the Underground initiative to represent African poetry. Join us to experience a fabulous night of African writing.
Nigerian poet Casey Abaraonye has won several awards and commendations for his writing. Very active in bringing poetry to wider audiences, he writes powerful political pieces about events and issues, as subtly as he crafts images from softly layered sentiments. His poetry appears in the love poetry anthology fourteen two - twenty eight love poems.
Sade was born in London and moved to Nigeria, which is where she spent her formative years before coming back to the UK. Her foray into writing started with a Radio Play - Memories of a Distant Past which was part of BBC Radio 4's First Bite festival. She has also written various pieces for theatre and had her work performed at the Lyric, the Bush and the Riverside Studios. Sade works and lives in London, Imagine This is her first novel.
Ken N. Kamoche was born in Kenya and currently teaches management in Hong Kong. He holds degrees from Nairobi and Oxford (Rhodes Scholar). He worked in Uganda as it emerged from the Idi Amin chaos, Somali weeks before it descended into civil war, and Poland while it was still truly communist. He has published four books on management and has completed a novel. A Fragile Hope is his first collection of short stories. He is a columnist for Kenyan newspapers and on www.G21.net.
As this is a FREE event, there is no need to reserve a place, but we urge you to arrive on time.
ABOUT THE AFRICAN WRITERS' EVENING
The African Writers' Evening is the first regular evening held for African Writers at the UK's celebrated Poetry Cafe. It was started in 2003 by Nii Ayikwei Parkes in consultation with the Directors of the Poetry Society after he completed a residency at the Poetry Cafe and is now run by London SLAM Central.