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05-09-2008, 01:59 PM
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Saturday, May 31st, 13.00 – 20.15
British Museum, Clore Education Centre, Great Russell Street, London

A day-long celebration of African literature and languages!

Join us in exploring the diversity of Africa and its cultures through
literature, music and visual arts. Join us to celebrate the launch of
a new book, Dreams, Miracles and Jazz; New Adventures in African
Fiction, the most contemporary collection of new African voices this
decade, followed by the mellow sounds of Sudanese oud player, Bashir
Al Gamar and a the spellbinding voice of South African singer,

Throughout the day, there's a chance to see hear readings and
discussions, see performances with leading African writers, musicians,
poets, storytellers, playwrights and thinkers. African arts and crafts
in the Great Court - all suitable for families. All sessions will have
English translations or commentaries or will be in English.

There will also be a creative writing workshop through the Sainsbury's
African Galleries and a rare opportunity to find out about what is
happening in the publishing world of African literature today, and to
get inside knowledge and advice from two of Britain's top people in
the business, Ellah Allfrey, Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, and David
Godwin, of David Godwin Associates (their clients include some of the
top names and prize winning writers in contemporary African writing).

An African market place will include stalls of books, artefacts,
textiles, etc.


BP Lecture Theatre

13.15-14:15 What kind of English is that?! Two writers read from
their work and discuss the experimental and imaginative way that they
use the English language, plus a reading and discussion on Sozaboy by
Ken Saro-Wiwa famously written in 'rotten English'. With Ben Amunwa
(Nigeria), Biram Mboob (The Gambia) and Uchenna Izundu (Nigeria).

14.15- 14.45 Break

14.45-15.45: Imagine This …Prize–winning Women Writers. Three
writers read from works that have won them prestigious prizes and talk
about what it means for their writing careers, their influences and
African women in writing today. With Karen King-Aribisala (Guyana/
Nigeria), Sade Adeniran (Nigeria) and Molara Wood (Nigeria).

15.45 – 16.15 Break

16.15 – 17.15 Off the page translations. Readings from three
exciting new books of African poetry in translation. Hear the poetry
and discuss the process of translating these works with translators,
Mark de Brito and Fathieh Saudi, with readings by poets Bashir al
Gamar (Sudan) and Isabelle Romaine (French Cameroons).
17.15 – 17.45 Break

17.45 - 18.45 Dreams Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African
fiction. Celebrate the launch of one of the most important anthologies
to come out of Africa this century. It includes work from prize-
winning and new African writers from all over Africa, the USA, Europe
and Australia. Contributors will read from the book, including Tony
Adam Machoma (Kenya), Mamle Kabu (Ghana), Gitta Sumner (Sierra Leone)
and Ken Kamoche (Kenya).

18.45 – 19.15 Break

19:15 – 20.00 Live music by Modeste Hugues. Finish the day with an
acoustic set from sublime guitarist and singer Modeste Hugues from
Madagascar, who weaves a 'hypnotic carpet of sound'.

Broadcaster Henry Bonsu (Colourful Radio) and broadcaster/radio
producer Nkechi Ebite present and chair events in the Lecture Theatre
throughout the day.

Sainsbury African Galleries

13.30-14.30 Creative writing workshop: Inspired by the textiles,
ceramics and sculptures? Tour the galleries with your imagination and
write poems and stories with Ebele Ajogbe (Nigeria/UK).

14.30-15.30 Storytelling: Listen to Ghanaian stories in Twi and
Fante with Nana-Essi Casely-Hayford and Somalian stories based on
traditional folk tales with Mohamed Hassan.

15.30-16.30 Music and poetry: Bashir al Gamar (Sudan) plays the oud
and tells us the stories behind the songs. Leeds Young Authors Zodwa
Nyoni (Zimbabwe) and Dana Chinyanga (Zimbabwe) perform poetry in
Ndebele, Shona and English.

16.30-17.30 Singing and poetry: Bhelakazi (South Africa) sings in
Xhosa and English and performance poetry from Zodwa Nyoni and Dana

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Room

18.45-19.45 Do you have what it takes to be a published author?
Ellah Allfrey is senior editor at Jonathan Cape, one of Britain's
foremost literary imprints in one of the largest publishing houses,
Random House, and David Godwin, one of Britain's top literary agents,
whose clients include prize-winning African authors, tell you what is
going on in African literature today and offer tips and advice on how
to get your manuscripts to them. (You must pre-book for this workshop
as places are limited. Email info@sablelitmag.org. Deadline for
bookings 15 May.)

The Great Court

14.00-17.00 Arts and crafts activities suitable for all ages.

This event is supported by the British Museum and Arts Council
England, London.


For full Africa Beyond season throughout June visit