Monday 10th May at 7 pm by Zoom
Reverse the Gaze:Taking Back our African Narratives
Featuring Christopher Mlalazi, Olumide Popoola,
Robert Kabemba Mangidi, Taffi Nyawanza
Robert Kabemba Mangidi is a Manchester-based prolific poet and political activist born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has performed his poetry widely including at Place of War at Manchester University International Conference, Exodus Centre, Freedom from Torture and BBC 4. He is a graduate of Lubumbashi, Wits, Bolton and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.
Christopher Mlalazi is a novelist, playwright and poet from Zimbabwe who is currently exiled in Mexico City.
He is the author of the novels Many Rivers (2009), Running With Mother (2012) – translated into Italian and German – They are Coming (2014), and the story collection Dancing With Life: Tales From the Township (2008), for which he was awarded the Best First Book Prize in the National Arts Merit Awards in Zimbabwe.Mlalazi has written and presented on stage in Zimbabwe eight plays, including the co-authored The Crocodile of Zambezi, winner of the 2008 Oxfam/Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award, and Election Day,
Taffi Nyawanza is originally from Zimbabwe and now lives in Coventry. He is a writer and human rights lawyer.
He is a National Flash Flood Best of the Net 2020 nominee. His short fiction has appeared in various places, including PerHappened mag, Untitled: Voices Journal, Kalahari Journal, Palewell Press and MIROnline. His manuscript of short stories was shortlisted by The St. Lawrence Book Award 2020. He was on the Exiled Writers Ink 2020 Mentoring and Translation programme and published a chapbook with them titled ‘The Men Who Have No Knees’.
Olumide Popoola is a London-based Nigerian German writer and speaker who presents internationally. Her novella this is not about sadness was published by Unrast Verlag in 2010. Her play Also by Mail was published in 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage) and the short story collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes, in 2016 by Peirene Press. Her full-length novel When we Speak of Nothing was published in the UK and Nigeria in 2017 and in 2018 in the US (Cassava Republic Press).
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