- Foden's review was published in the Guardian's Review of Saturday 2nd June. Read it here.
Femi Osofisan, James Gibbs & Biyi Bandele - photographed @ the British Library, 16 October 2005 © MW
In my article published last year (July 30, 2006; The Guardian, Lagos)Bandele talked about Burma Boy. Excerpt...
Bandele’s novel, The Street, is set in multi-ethnic Brixton, South London, where he once lived. "A lot of novels about Brixton tended to be by people living elsewhere," and ended up being "superficial takes" on the area. "When I lived in Brixton, there were a lot of creative people there who couldn’t afford to live elsewhere." Bandele wrote about such people.
Bandele described the novel as "the story I’ve been preparing to write for a long time." An account of WWII as told by his father, was probably the first story Bandele ever heard. The author’s father returned from the war on April 1st 1945 and often talked about the experience. "It took control of him till the day he died," the writer informed. "I suppose listening to him made me want to write."
- Biyi Bandele launches Burmah Boy on Thursday 21st June @ the Lewisham Library, London. Arrive @ 7.45 for 8pm. Event ends @ 9.45pm.
- Bandele joins Helon Habila (author of Measuring Time) & Helen Oyeyemi (The Opposite House) @ the South Bank Centre, London, for a literature talk @ 4.30pm.