You can read more about the festival here: Africa Writes
I was lucky enough to be invited to a dinner for the authors attending Africa Writes, some to launch new books, others to talk about their work. It was held in the British Museum, close to closing time.
After dinner in the Great Court we were given a magical treat. The museum had closed by then, and as night began to fall, we were taken by the curator Chris Spring on a private tour of the Africa Galleries. He held us spellbound, bringing objects to life with his knowledge and passion.
|Pot by the Kenyan ceramicist Magdalene Odundo|
|Africa curator Chris Spring|
|Tree of Life made from weapons used in Mozambique's civil war|
|Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor|
|Sheila Ruiz of the Royal African Society|
|Chris Spring in full swing|
|The Somali author, Nuruddin Farah who was launching his new novel Crossbones|
Africa Writes began the next day with a feast of talks, book launches, poetry readings and storytelling for children.
|Scupltures by the Nigerian artist Sokari Douglas Camp at the entrance to the festival|
|Books for sale including How Shall we Kill the Bishop? which was launched by the Kenyan writer Lily Mabura|
|Lily Mabura and me|
Zed Books had a stall at the fair. It was (wo)manned by Anneberth Lux. My book on Somalia was on sale. It is third from the left on the bottom row in the photo below - the one with the blue cover with a white star.
|There was delicious African food for sale|
|The Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, gave the Africa Writes Lecture|
In the evening Granta Books hosted a dinner for the Somali writer, Nuruddin Farah.
|Deputy Editor of Granta magazine Ellah Allfrey and South African musician Hugh Masekela|
|Nuruddin Farah and the Somali author of Black Mamba Boy, Nadifa Mohamed|
|Nuruddin, Nadifa and me|
|Hugh Masekela, Scottish journalist Isabel Hilton and Nuruddin Farah|