African Creative Non-fiction?: Moving the Boundaries

African Creative Non-fiction?: Moving the Boundaries

Saturday 4 July

14.30 – 15.30, FREE

Join chair Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, editor of a new anthology of creative non-fiction from Africa commissioned by Commonwealth Writers, in conversation with 2013 Caine Prize shortlisted Pede Hollist; Jackie Kay, poet, novelist and author of memoir Red Dust Road; Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and author of War and Gold, and Noo Saro Wiwa, author of Looking for Transwonderland.

What are the creative possibilities of non-fiction? What is the relationship between poetry and memoir or between history and travel writing? Where is the literary located in the essay, in life-writing or in reportage? Ellah Wakatama Allfrey talks to four non-fiction writers about their writing process and explores the blurred lines between genres. Focusing on both writing techniques and the structures through which stories find their form, this panel reflects on the potential of non-fiction for better reflecting the voices, realities and imaginaries of the African continent.

In collaboration with Commonwealth Writers.

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Image Credit: Pietro Bellini