Programme for African Literary Evening

Details of the African Literary Event 2015 coming soon….

Accomplish Press and Black and Outspoken Present

African Literary Evening 

This  will be a mixture of literature, poetry and spoken word performances, as well as a panel to discuss issues relevant to Nigerian/Black British writers in the UK. The panel will consist of well-known and emerging authors, publishers, journalists and poets.

Topics to be discussed during the African Literary Evening include:

(1) “Making money from Writing: Is it possible to make a living as a writer?”
(2) “The future of publishing in the UK: is it traditional publishing, Self-publishing and collaborative publishing or hybrid publishing?”
(3) “Beyond print; moving with the digital revolution: ebooks, podcasts, audio books and short films and
(4) Genres: Moving beyond expectations placed on African writers.

The evening will be hosted by BlackandOutspoken radio presenter and journalist,Tundun Adeyemo and writer, publisher and founder of Accomplish Press, Tolulope Popoola.

There will be readings and spoken word performances from Ola Nubi, Amanda Epe, Tolulope Popoola, Sade Adeniran, Tundun Adeyemo and other writers. There will also be a variety of books for sale, and an opportunity to network and chat with the panel and other guests informally over snacks and drinks in the bar afterwards.

Our African Literary evening will be filmed and video clips of the discussions and readings will be available after the day.

Date:         08 November 2014 Date:
Venue:  The Proud Archivist, 2 – 10 Hertford Road, L Venue: ondon N1 5ET
Time: 5pm to 8pm

 

Programme 
1. Arrival and introduction of the panel
2. Welcome Address (by co-hosts Tundun Adeyemo and Tolulope Popoola)
3. First panel discussion by: Tundun Adeyemo, Nuzo Onoh, Irenosen Okojie, Kiru Taye,
Amanda Epe and Kemi Ogunniyi

Topics:
Who is our audience? Our community or beyond?
Genres: moving beyond expectations placed on African writing
I’m an unpublished writer, do I need a blog?
4. Book reading by Ola Nubi (from soon-to-be-published novel)
5. Book Reading by Amanda Epe (from Travel Memoir, “A Fly Girl”)
6. Second panel discussion by: Tolulope Popoola, Abidemi Sanusi, Abimbola Dare,
Sade Adeniran and Ola Nubi
Topics:
Making Money from Writing: Is it possible to make a living as a writer?
The future of publishing in the UK: traditional publishing, self-publishing
and collaborative publishing or hybrid publishing?
Beyond print; moving with the digital revolution: ebooks, podcasts, audio
books and short films
7. Short Story Reading by Sade Adeniran
8. Poetry Reading by Tundun Adeyemo (from debut poetry collection “The Immigrant”)
9. Book Reading by Tolulope Popoola (from “Nothing Comes Close” novel and flash
fiction)
10. Refreshments and Networking Session (book sales and signings)

 

Tickets for this African Literary evening are being sold on Event brite or you can buy ticket at the door.

 

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I light a candle

It’s been many years now
Since you left
Many years since the service
Many years since people stopped
Greeting us
Many years since we cried and sprinkled ‘dust to dust’

I visited the place where your body lies
But you are not there
Even though at the time
I cried
It was like yesterday
I knelt by your gravestone
And tried to keep it tidy
Flowers, dirt and dust all around

Its been more than a decade
A lot has happened in your absence
If you were alive
You would have been proud
Apple just had a baby
Grand children all abound

I come today to light a candle
In my heart
In our hearts
We remember you in different ways
Daddy Remi
You will never die
Memories linger
You will not be forgotten.

Rest in Peace

Tundun Adeyemo

Voices

I just want to be heard
There are many of us
But it’s just me
I work too hard
But no one sees
I just wanna be heard

I want to be heard
There are many voices
But it’s only me
I put in my best
Above all the rest
It doesn’t matter
I wanna be heard

I belong here
Like the rest of you.
I beat my chest
I am the best
No one cares
I am just a voice
I wanna be heard

Tundun Adeyemo (c)