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The Wife’s Tale: A Personal History

Aida Edemariam

Saturday, 28 March 2020

10:00am

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

£7 - £12.50

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Guardian Journalist Ada Edemariam talks about her prize-winning personal memoir of her grandmother, through which she tells the story of modern Ethiopia.

Edemariam reveals a resilient woman of deep Christian faith whose life was transformed by volatile events. Her grandmother, Yetemegnu, was born in Gondar in 1916 and was married and a mother before she turned 15. In the course of her life, Ethiopia went from feudalism to monarchy to Marxist revolution and democracy. Edemariam describes how Yetemegnu endured the death of some of her children, her husband’s imprisonment, and the detention of one of her sons. She witnessed the Fascist invasion and the resistance, suffered allied bombardment and then lived through a bloody revolution and the nationalisation of her land.

Edemariam is of dual Canadian and Ethiopian heritage. She has worked as a journalist in Toronto, New York and London. The Wife’s Tale won the £10,000 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize.

Here she talks to BBC news presenter and journalist Gwenan Edwards, whose credits include the BBC Proms, Wales at Six on ITV, and Newsroom South East and Watchdog on BBC1.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd