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Issue 8, Spring 1988

Wasafiri 8: Women’s Issue

Merle Collins on ‘The Writer in Residence’. Interviews with Paule Marshall and Grace Nichols. Short fiction by Lois-Andrea Fergusson and an extract from The Last English Plantation by Jan Shinebourne. Poetry by Jean Arasanayagam, Mahadai Das, Velma Pollard and Katherine Gallagher. Alison Archer reviews Toni Morrison’s Beloved.


Essay by Merle Collins

Fiction by Lois-Andrea Fergusson and Jan Shinebourne

Interviews with Paule Marshall and Grace Nichols

Poetry by Jean Arasanayagam, Mahadai Das, Velma Pollard and Katherine Gallagher

Reviews Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Olive Senior's Summer Lightening and Other Stories and Ravinder Randhawa's A Wicked Old Woman


Susheila Nasta and Christine Archer
Editorial Note

Kathleen McLuskie and Lyn Innes
Women and African Literature

Merle Collins
The Writer in Residence

Keith Thomas
A Shared Teaching Experience with Merle Collins

Muriel Lynn Rubin
Adolescence and Autobiographical Fiction: Teaching Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Sandi Russell
Interviews Paule Marshall

Maggie Butcher
Interviews Grace Nichols

Jan Shinebourne
Extract from The Last English Plantation

Lois-Andrea Ferguson
Fiction: Pops

Mahadai Das
Poems: Bones and Secrets

Katherine Gallagher
Poems: Meeting Bessie Head in Adelaide, March, 1984 and Political Prisoners

Jean Arasanayagam
Puberty Rites and other poems

Mahadai Das
Poem: The Growing Tip

Velma Pollard
Crown Point and other poems


Liz Gerschel
Olive Senior Summer Lightning and Other Stories

Lyn Innes
Ravinder Randhawa A Wicked Old Woman
Marion Molteno A Language in Common

Denise deCaires Narain
Lauretta Ngcobo, ed Let It Be Told
Rhonda Cobham and Merle Collins, ed Watchers and Seeker 

Phyllis Pollard
Carole Boyce Davies and Anne Adams Graves, ed Studies of Women in African Literature 
Eldred Jones, Eustace Palmer and Majorie Jones, ed Writers in African Literature Today

Alison Archer
Toni Morrison Beloved

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