Writings of the general word's body

Monday, September 11, 2006

Film & LitFests

The 8th Lagos Book & Arts Festival is at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos - from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17th. More details from CORA.

Tunde Kelani's film, Abeni, is @ the Toronto International Film Festival on the 14th & 16th of September.

This year's Stavanger Literature Festival is on this week in Norway, with a significant Nigerian presence - details below.
  • Wednesday 13th
    Opening Lecture by Booker prize winning author of The Famished Road,
    Ben Okri.

  • Thursday 14th
    Chris Abani talks about his novel Graceland. He's also out and about at the festival on Friday 15th, exploring what poets can learn from Jazz musicians.
  • Jack Mapanje (Malawi) and Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe) discuss what happens when non-native English writers write in the language.

  • Poet Benjamin Zephaniah (Jamaica/UK) and Uzodinma Iweala (author of Beasts of No Nation) feature in the Critics' Lounge. Iweala is the 'International of the Day' on Friday 15th.

  • Friday 15th
    Poetry Marathon with, amongst others
    Kat Francois (Grenada/UK), Zephaniah, and Chris Abani

  • Reggae Poetry - headlined by the leading Dub Poet, Linton Kwesi-Johnson.

  • Saturday 16th
    Sefi Atta, author of Everything Good Will Come & winner of the 1st Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature, discusses the problem of growing up privileged - with exiled Nigerian writer/journalist, Isioma Daniel.

  • Later in the day, Atta and Kat Froncois are among women writers sharing experiences about describing men in their work. Atta & Francois have shared a billing before, at the Spit Lit Festival in London in March 2005.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah is the 'International of the Day'.
Festival closes on Sunday 17th.

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