‘The world’s largest public conversation of the written world’ is back!
Edinburgh International Book Festival
10-26 August 2019
This year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival programme features non-fiction, fiction, poetry, personal stories, and world affairs.
We are delighted to share some of the African Literature events happening at the Festival this August.
Some highlights include:
Emmanuel Iduma & Jamal Mahjoub
Mon 12 Aug 14:15 – 15:15
Two writers from the African continent have produced works of non-fiction that forge fascinating new perspectives on identity, place and memory. A Line in the River charts Jamal Mahjoub’s attempts to rediscover Khartoum, the ‘fractured’ Sudanese city of his youth. Emmanuel Iduma’s A Stranger’s Pose tells a compelling story in words and photos of the Nigerian author’s journeys across Africa, from Addis Ababa to Casablanca.
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Chigozie Obioma & Namwali Serpell
Wed 14 Aug 10:15 – 11:15
NOVEL VIEWS OF AFRICA
If you like your books ‘dazzling’ and ‘as ambitious as any first novel published this decade’, look no further than Chigozie Obioma and Namwali Serpell. Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities is his Nigeria-set follow-up to Booker-shortlisted debut The Fishermen, while Serpell’s remarkable debut novel The Old Drift is set mostly in Zambia, where she was born. Both books evoke an Africa that’s rarely seen on news bulletins.
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New Daughters of Africa with Margaret Busby
Wed 14 Aug 17:45 – 18:45
GLOBAL FEMALE WRITERS
Margaret Busby’s historical anthology Daughters of Africa was published 27 years ago to international acclaim. Now there’s a companion volume. New Daughters of Africa is a glorious portrayal of the richness and range of over 200 contemporary women writers of African descent, showcasing a global sweep and diversity through memoir, letters, stories, poetry, essays and more. Contributing authors Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Bernardine Evaristo, Leila Aboulela and Candice Carty-Williams join Busby today to discuss the remarkable collection.
This is part of the Telling Her Story series of events at the Festival.
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Leila Aboulela & Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Thu 15 Aug 13:45 – 14:45
NEW WORLDS AND THE MEANING OF HOME
Meet two award-winning writers whose characters embark on wide-ranging voyages. Leila Aboulela’s Bird Summons portrays three women on a Highland road trip, encountering ideas that extend as far as Mecca. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s triumphant second novel, The Dragonfly Sea, follows young Kenyan Ayaana in a quest to make sense of East Africa’s rich cultural heritage. Today they transport you to new worlds and discuss the meaning of home with author Polly Clark.
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