Culture and Politics in Africa Workshop
Friday, 12 June 2015
Berrick Saul Building, Room 008
University of York
This one-day workshop will explore the interaction between cultural creativity and politics in Africa. Through discussions of novels, poetry and other cultural expressions, it will explore the relationship between the state, political movements and people engaged in cultural projects.
York-based Malawian author Jack Mapanje will read extracts from his prison memoir And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night, along with new poems.
An award-winning poet, linguist, editor and human rights activist, Jack Mapanje was arrested by the Malawi authorities in 1987 and released in 1991, following an international campaign. He has since published four poetry books and three anthologies and edited the acclaimed Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing. Continue reading