Exiled Writers Ink presents this month:
Positive and Negative narratives of Africa
Freddy Macha – Writer and Musician: London based Tanzanian writer and musician, Freddy Macha (pronounced “Matcha”) has been active in the East African press since 1976 and was named among best 25 writers in Tanzania by Jamii Forums in 2012. Multi-lingual but writing mainly in Swahili and English, Macha has won prizes including BBC Poetry in 1981 and a 1996 Commonwealth short story award. He is finishing a third collection of Swahili stories and a third Album of music, poetry and prose. More info http://www.freddymacha.com
Bart Wolffe: In Zimbabwe Bart was an independent writer and theatre practitioner responsible for running workshops throughout southern Africa until he left in 2003. He brought a team of actors to London and Edinburgh to perform six of his plays in 1997. His work has been recognised widely with awards and reviewed positively in many international publications. His plays, novels and poetry reflect his passion for giving voice to the voiceless, to minorities and dispossessed individuals. A chapbook essay on exile and alienation was published under the title of Flotsam by Exiled Writers Ink. His published works are on Lulu.com and Amazon. He has been interviewed on BBC Radio, by German Radio and an Independent Zimbabwean radio station broadcasting from London to Africa. He won a national poetry award in 2013 and has recorded many audio books. He was a resource provider in workshops with schools in Norfolk and London, ran a series of theatre workshops with refugee children in Croydon and has presented his work with Moot, a community-based organisation. His published plays Africa Dream Theatre express themes such as loss of innocence, discrimination, intolerance and alienation.
Moussa: a kora musician from Ghana.
Blessing Mamvura: An aspiring writer from Zimbabwe who has recently found pleasure and freedom of self-expression through poetry.
Open Mic: Hosted by Handsen Chikowore