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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. University of York Writer in Residence Margie Orford and a range of academics will speak on culture and politics in different African contexts.
With special thanks to the University of York International Relations Office and the Departments of English and Politics.