On Saturday 6 October, we present three authors from African/Caribbean heritage who will read extracts from their books that look at family and life from a post European perspective.
Malawai-born Samson Kambalu, a fine artist and ethnomusicologist whose memoir The Jive Talker: How To Get a British Passport (Jonathan Cape) reflects on his Malawi past.
“An African memoir unlike any other I have read and the reason is this – it is absolutely hilarious and I was crying with laughter… this is a book filled with wonder, humour and hope. It is a magnificent achievement.”
Aminatta Forna, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH about Samson Kambalu
“A tough and tender memoir of growing up in the 70s. It’s a quietly unforgettable book about innocence and experience, about memory and cruelty – and the cruelty of memory.”
The Guardian on Colin Grant’s Bagseye at the Wheel
Debut novelist Ghanian-British Sharon Otoo who lives in Berlin, but previously lived in Brighton will read from her debut novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely (edition assemblage), which was published in Feburary 2012 in German and English.
“Reading this brings flashes of recognition: how it is to be loved and overlooked, to be thought exotic and scorned, to be adored and ignored- all at the same time. Sharon Otoo strings us along, spellbound, with fragments of language that fill us with the thought: this is how the heart breaks.”
Poet Fawzia Kane, Tantie Diablesse (Waterloo Press) about Sharon Otoo
7.30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street City Centre BN1 3PA. Tickets £7 advance from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278400
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England