Writings of the general word's body

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Bandele Reads 'Burma Boy'

Biyi Bandele read from his new novel, Burma Boy @ the Lewisham Library, London - on publication day, 21 June. The author later discussed the book, about West African involvement in World War II - possibly the first novel on the theme. It was inspired by (but not based on) his own father's experience in Burma. Some in the audience also had African/Caribbean fathers who served in WII, and whose contribution and sacrifice has largely been overlooked in writings on the war. Wale Okediran (President of ANA - Association of Nigerian Authors) was at the reading as was Ellah Allfrey, Bandele's editor. She knew the author always wanted to write Burma Boy, so she pushed and encouraged him until he did. If everyone had an editor like that.

To the left is Alan Morrison of the Lewisham Library who organised the event. The library is laying on regular book events, many of which will be of interest to blog readers here. Malika Booker launches her book, 'A Storm Between Fingers' at the venue tonight. So those who can make their way to Lewisham High Street, London for 7.45pm, should do so.
Wale Okediran with Bandele at the reading. Okediran also held a meeting with
Book Aid International at their offices in London during his brief visit to the UK (BookAid pics at the next blog update).
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