Chaired by Paul Blezard
New Voices of Nigeria
Wednesday 6 April 2016
Oxford Martin School: Lecture TheatreVenue
A group of authors and publishers join forces to discuss new Nigerian writing to mark the launch of Cassava Republic Press in the UK. The group will be introduced by Nigerian-born Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri.
Elnathan John is author of Born on a Tuesday, a debut novel that is a tale of brotherhood and tragedy set in modern Nigeria’s complex religious landscape. Sarah Ladipo Manyika is author of Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, a story of ageing, friendship and loss. Leye Adenle’s Easy Motion Tourist is a crime novel featuring a feisty female protagonist taking on the dark criminal underworld of Lagos.
All three are published by Cassava Republic Press, which launches in the UK in April. Cassava was founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf. Bakare-Yusuf has been joined in the new UK venture by Emma Shercliff, former managing director of Macmillan English Campus and head of export sales at Hodder Education. Their aim is to introduce the best of Nigerian writing to UK audiences.
The panel is chaired by writer and journalist Paul Blezard.
Programme of African literature and culture.