Litro Literary Weekender | A literary Highlife

The Litro Literary weekender 25th to 28th May 2017.

Journey to West Africa this summer with Litro Magazine’s latest #worldseries instalment exploring the cultural and literary landscapes of Ghana & Nigeria: a Literary Highlife.

Litro’s unique combination of the emerging and the established includes guest speakers: Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, Margaret Busby OBE, actor Clarke Peters, writer & cultural commentator Ekow Eshun, Costa Book Award Shortlist Patrice Lawrence, Baileys Prize longlisted Ayobami Adebayo, chef and founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Zoe Adjonyoh, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Inua Ellams, Nii Parkes, Professor Ato Quayson, Theresa Lola, Victoria-Anne Bulley, Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi, Irenosen Okojie, music from Accra-based spoken word artist Poetra Asantewa, Spread The Word and more to be announced.

 
The full programme will be available later in the Spring. In the meantime, we have released “early bird” tickets. Do act swiftly if you wish to buy these tickets as they may well get snapped up before the full programme is released.
 

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Launch Thursday 25th May St James’s Square

Clarke Peters

Clarke Peters

 

12.00pm – 1.00pm Words in the Park, with the London Library

Clarke Peters and an array of actors & writers will help kick off the weekender with a reading in the Square at St James’s.

 

 

Thursday 25th May Waterstones Piccadilly

Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Workshop with Patrice Lawrence and Spread the Word: Writing in the Community.

Patrice Lawrence has been shortlisted for The Waterstones Children’sa Book Prize and the Costa Children’s Book Award for her stunning debut novel Orangeboy. Join her and the Spread the Word team for this exclusive hour-long surgery.
Please note: spaces are limited but early bird ticket holders and weekend passes are guaranteed seats. Buy Tickets Here.
 

 

Zoe's Kitchen

Nana Ocran

2.30 – 3.30pm: Poetry Hour.

Writer & Critic Nana Ocran chairs a conversation with three emerging London poets Theresa Lola, Victoria-Anne Bulley on their journeys into poetry. #Free event
Please note: A ticket for this event is essential to guarantee seats. Tickets.

 

 

Zoe's Kitchen

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

5.30pm – 6.30pm: West Africa through its Cuisine.

Join chef and founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Zoe Adjonyoh in conversation with Margaret Busby OBE, and Gabriel Gbadamosi – exploring the various cuisines of West Africa – and shedding light on just which country can stake its claim on the much loved West African dish ‘jollof’ rice. #Free event
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7.00pm – 8.00pm: Art & Identity a conversation with artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and broadcaster Ekow Eshun.

 
 Born in London and raised in Nigeria, Shonibare employs a diverse range of media – from sculpture, painting and installation to photography and film – to probe matters of race, class, cultural identity and history. He is perhaps best known for his signature use of a colourful “African” batik fabric that actually originated in Indonesia and was introduced to Africa in the 19th century by British and Dutch colonisers.

 

 

Ekow Eshun

Ekow Eshun

‘Where are you from?’ ‘No, where are you really from?’ These questions are the starting point for Ekow Eshun’s Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa – a journey through Ghana in search of his roots and an exploration of history and belonging, from slavery in Africa and the West to the present day and what it means to be black.

 

 

 

This evening Yinka and Eshow discuss their work to explore the intersections of art and identity.
Please note: spaces are limited but early bird ticket holders and weekend passes are guaranteed seats. Buy Tickets Here.

 

Saturday 27th May Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

 

6.00pm-10.00pm Inua Ellams’ Rhythm and Poetry Party.

 Curated especially for the Litro Literary Weekender, this will be a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs.

The lineup’s six selected poets are some of the brightest, talented Ghanaian and Nigerian spoken word artists, crossing genres united by the specificity of language and its potential for effortless rhyme. Expect your head to nod and heart to move. Featuring Caleb Femi, Theresa Lola, Victoria Anne-Bulley, Charles Obiri-Yeboah, Dzifa Benson, Inua Ellams.

 

 

Sunday 28th May Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

 

12.00pm- 1.00pm: Poetry Hour with Young People’s Laurete, poet Caleb Femi.

 Join Caleb Femi for a special hour of poetry readings and a writinng in the community workshop.

Please note: spaces are limited but early bird ticket holders and weekend passes are guaranteed seats.
 

 

 

2.00pm-3.00pm: Ayobami Adebayo in converstion with Sharmaine Lovegrove.

 
 Longlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, Ayobami Adebayo was born in 1988 in Lagos, Nigeria. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University. Ayobami also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she received an International Bursary for Creative Writing. She was a 2012 OMI fellow at Ledig House, New York and a 2015 Hedgebrook writer in residence. She was named a Financial Times Bright Star in 2015 and has studied under Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Margaret Atwood. She currently works as a fiction editor for Saraba Magazine.
 

 

 
 South London born, Sharmaine Lovegrove studied Politics and Anthropology in London and has a background that spans politics and the arts, characterised by an intellectual curiosity that embraces innovation. She has nearly two decades of working in the publishing industry in roles as diverse as bookseller, publicist and digital consultant. Attuned to compelling narratives, she understands the essence of a client’s story and executes the concepts and deliverables key to its success. From PR for a novel to development in commercial or creative production, to community building and running a successful event series at Soho House Berlin. Sharmaine is the co-founder and Publishing consultant at Dialogue Scouting and currently works as Elle Magazines Literary Editor. 

 
Please note: spaces are limited but early bird ticket holders and weekend passes are guaranteed seats.
 

3.00pm – 4.00pm: Women’s Hour.

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie

Join Sharmaine Lovegrove as she chairs a conversation with authors Ayobami Adebayo, Irenosen Okojie & more guests.
 
Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager. Championed by Rupert Thompson (one of David Bowie’s favourite authors) her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award. Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and was featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and is longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize 2017.
 
 
Please note: spaces are limited but early bird ticket holders and weekend passes are guaranteed seats.

 


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