In November (Friday, 16th November) the African Writers' Evening brings you a classic AWE line up - one poet, one prose-writer, one South African, one West African, two points on the continent's compass in one cool English night. From South Africa we have Isobel Dixon, whose debut collection Weather Eye won two awards at home, reading from a new collection, A Fold in the Map; and from Gambia, representing West Africa, we have Biram Mboob, a former Tell Tales contributor and emerging novelist intent on carving out a space for African Science Fiction. Obviously it's destined to be a heavenly night experienced at warp-speed, for we also welcome back our regular host Nii Ayikwei Parkes, who has recently been appointed International Writing Fellow at Southampton University. Join us for a fun-filled, thought-inspiring evening.
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2
Info: 020 7420 9888
Doors open: 7:30pm
Isobel Dixon was born in Umtata, South Africa, and grew up in the Karoo, the desolate region that has inspired so many South African writers. Her poetry has been widely published in South Africa, where she won the Sanlam Prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize for her collection Weather Eye, and she has received international exposure with poems in The Paris Review, Wasafiri, Avocado, The Guardian, London Magazine, and The Tall Lighthouse Review, among others. Isobel's poems have appeared in many anthologies, including several of the British Council New Writing volumes, and she has been translated into Dutch and Turkish. Her new collection A Fold in the Map is published by Salt in the UK and Jacana in South Africa.
Biram Mboob's stories aim to re-live the Golden Age of Sci-Fi through an African pair of eyes and it is to this end that he has been writing African Science Fiction for the past few years. Biram was born in The Gambia in 1979 but has travelled through much of the African continent, an experience that markedly shapes his writing. Biram was the winner of the 2004 Shorelines National Black First Chapter competition and has had his work featured in SABLE Magazine, Calabash Magazine and Tell Tales Volume II. His work is also featured in the forthcoming anthology, Dreams, Miracles and Jazz: Adventures in New African Fiction. Biram currently lives in South London and is working on his first novel.