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An interview with Amaal Said
 "I’m a Danish-born Somali girl who calls London a home. I chose poetry, or poetry chose me. I’m so interested in the ways we can heal ourselves from trauma and also in how we can make new lives for ourselves after tragedy.
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Refugee Walk // Part 1 by Inua Ellams
Refugee Walk // Part 1 … Stories of Migration and Displacement … 28 June. Africa Writes. Houses of Parliament. Inua Ellams … I first visited the Houses of Parliament in 2012 just before the start of the Olympics.
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Refugee Walk // Part 2 by Inua Ellams
Refugee Walk // Part 2 … Inua Ellams … Refugee Tales’ simple mandate is to put an end to Britain’s indefinite detention of immigrants. Britain is the only country in the EU that does this — that detains immigrants, essentially imprisons them indefinitely.
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An Interview with Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Tell us about how you got into writing? I’ve been writing poetry ever since I can remember. My grandmother was a secondary school English teacher, and I grew up in a house filled with lovely old books of poetry. Reading and writing poetry was a big part of my childhood.
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Interview with Niamh MacCabe
An interview with Niamh MacCabe - Winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Fiction … Born in Dublin, Niamh MacCabe grew up in Paris, in north-west Ireland, and in Washington DC, graduating there from the Corcoran School of Art.
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Asylum and Refuge by Bidisha
Asylum and Refuge Part One … Militarising Against Refugees … Bidisha … I began doing outreach work with refugees and asylum seekers three and a half years ago, before what we now refer to as the refugee crisis, the greatest humanitarian emergency of the current era.
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A conversation with Clifton Gachagua
Clifton Gachagua is the winner of the inaugural Sillerman Prize for African Poetry, 2013, awarded by the African Poetry Book Fund.
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An interview with Shiva Rahbaran
An interview with Shiva Rahbaran - Winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Life Writing … Shiva Rahbaran was born in Tehran. She was eight years old when the last Persian monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, left Iran giving way to the foundation of the Islamic Republic.
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A conversation with Maaza Mengiste
Maaza Mengiste is a Fulbright Scholar and the award-winning author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books.
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Keynote Speech by Crystal Mahey-Morgan on Inclusivity in Publishing
Crystal Mahey-Morgan Keynote: London Bookfair and Publishers Association Inclusivity Conference … Everyone who thinks they we’re here for a day to talk about diversity in publishing is wrong. We’re here to talk about humanity.
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A conversation with Caine Prize winner Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya and educated at the Kenyatta University, the University of Reading and the University of Queensland.
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An interview with Keith Sambrook by Nourdin Bejjit
Publishing African Writers Series: An interview with Keith Sambrook by Nourdin Bejjit … NB: You worked for Nelson Publishers before coming to Heinemann Educational Books. What made you decide to move? KS: When I joined Nelson publishers in 1954, I worked first of all for Van Milne.
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A conversation with Shailja Patel
CNN calls Shailja Patel ‘the people-centered face of globalisation’. Her publishing debut, Migritude , based on her acclaimed one-woman show, was an Amazon poetry bestseller, a Seattle Times bestseller and was shortlisted for Italy’s Camaiore Prize.
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Review: Mama Can't Raise No Man by Robyn Travis
Mama Can’t Raise No Man was recently reported to be the only fiction debut by a black male novelist to have been published in Britain this year.
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Preeya does Work Experience at Wasafiri
Today I visited Wasafiri's offices in Camden and got to experience the atmosphere and an average day in their work lives.
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An Interview with Louise Kennedy
Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co. Down. In 2015 she won both first place and runner up in the Ambit Fiction Prize, first place in the Wasafiri New Writing Prize (Life Writing) was a prize winner in Inktears Flash Fiction contest.
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Five Minute Interview with Niamh MacCabe
Born in Dublin, Niamh MacCabe grew up in Paris, in north-west Ireland, and in Washington DC, graduating there from the Corcoran School of Art. She worked overseas in the Animated Film industry, eventually returning full-time to Ireland to raise her children.
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Mexico series: interview with poet Alberto Blanco
This is an edited extract from the text ‘The Heart of the Moment: An Interview with Alberto Blanco’ which was carried out by Kimberly A. Eherenman. It has been published in parts in The Bitter Oleander and in the magazine Fractal.
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African Literature to Look Out For In 2014
2013 was quite the year for African/African diaspora literature.
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Mexico series: interview with Sergio Téllez-Pon
Sergio Téllez-Pon (Mexico City, 1981) is a poet, essayist, literary critic and editor. His work has been published in various publications and newspapers in Mexico and abroad and translated into English, French and Portuguese.
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The Death of Gabriel García Márquez
On 17 April, Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez passed away at his home in Mexico City, aged eighty-seven. He has been described as one of literature’s all-time greats — what of the legacy he leaves behind?
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A conversation with Rotimi Babatunde
Rotimi Babatunde is the author of the short story ‘Bombay’s Republic’, winner of the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing.
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Review: A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic Theatre
Young Vic Theatre, London, 6 July - 24 August 2013 … ‘You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once’. Science fiction writer, Robert A Heinlein, once wrote. And the Young Vic’s production of A Season in the  Congo, brings this sage expression sharply to mind.
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Mexico series: interview with poet Rocío Cerón
Rocío Cerón (Mexico City, 1972) is one of the major Mexican poets and multimedia artists of her generation.
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