Book lovers and literary enthusiasts are invited to a UK public reading from new books by Victor Ehikhamenor and Nkem Ivara. The event will include conversations on African writing and publishing.
While Ehikhamenor will be reading from his bestselling nonfiction book Excuse Me,, Nkem Ivara will read from her romance novel e-book Closer than a Brother. The event will hold on 6 April, 2013. Writer, Ike Anya will moderate the event and conversations will be led by literary critic, Ikhide Ikheloa.
Inua Ellams, a word and graphic artist, will animate at the event with his poetry performance, described as work of “deeply original beauty.” Ellams is an acclaimed performance poet, who has appeared at events organized by the BBC, Tate Modern, British Museum, The Royal Opera House, amongst others.
Venue: Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden London, WC2E 8JT United Kingdom
Time:2.00pm – 5.30pm
Victor Ehikhamenor, author of Excuse Me, is a Nigerian artist, writer, photographer, and news media designer. In 2006 the department of English at the University Of Maryland, College Park awarded him a fellowship/scholarship to pursue a Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing. His art and photographs have been used as book covers by award-winning authors like Chimamanda Adichie, Helon Habila, Unoma Azuah, Tony Kan and many others. He worked at NEXT newspapers as the creative director, as well as at the Daily Times Nigeria as CEO/Editor-in-Chief. His short story, The Supreme Command, won the Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award; and his poetry collection, Sordid Rituals, was published in 2002.
Nkem Ivara (nee Ugoji) was born in the UK and spent her formative years in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She holds a BA in Foreign Languages from the University of Port Harcourt. She is passionate about words and grammar and enjoys reading, playing word games and working out. Her first novella, Closer than a Brother, an e-Book published by Whispers Publishing in March 2013, is a contemporary romance set in London. She lives in the UK with her husband and two sons and maintains a blog, The Wordsmythe’s Weblog where she writes about anything that takes her fancy.
For more information, please write [email protected]. You can also call 08060050835 or +44 (0) 20 7836 1973. The Twitter hashtag for the event is #ExcuseUsLondon. Details about the live-streaming of the event and general updates can be found on the ‘Excuse Us London’ event page on Facebook.