Dr Marion Wallace, Curator of African Collections at the British Library, introduces the upcoming 2015 exhibition, ‘West Africa: Cultures of the Word’. Limited places: first come first served.

Between October 2015 and February 2016, the British Library will hold a major exhibition exploring the power of the word in West Africa. Through a rich mix of visual items, sound, film and objects, it will showcase West Africa’s complex and fascinating written heritage and oral literatures over the last three centuries. Dr Marion Wallace, the lead curator for the exhibition, will introduce the exhibition’s key concepts, and show images of some of its star items, in this informal session, open to audience comments and discussion.