Ngugi wa Thiong'o event Sunday 1st November at the GPI

Ngugi will be reading from and discussing his latest novel 'Wizard of the Crow' (2006). Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, 'Wizard of the Crow' dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Ngugi reveals humanity in all its surprising intricacy.

Ngugi  wa Thiong’o, is a distinguished novelist, playwright and essayist whose works include Weep Not, Child (1964), A Grain of Wheat (1967), Petals of Blood (1977), Matigari (1989), Decolonising the Mind (1986) and Penpoints, Gunpoints and Dreams (1998).  The impact of his play I Will Marry When I Want (with Ngugi wa Mirii, 1982) led to his year-long detention without trial at Kamiti Maximum Security in Kenya in 1978.  When in exile in London in the 1980’s, he worked with John La Rose on the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya.  New Beacon Books published his essay collection Barrel of a Pen: resistance to repression in neo-colonial Kenya in 1983.  His novels have been translated into more than thirty languages and he has received numerous awards including the Nonino Prize for Literature in 2001.

When     Nov 01, 2009 , from 22:00 to 00:00, George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN, UK
( Contact Name     Ayisha de Lanerolle , Contact Phone     020 72724889 )

Ngugi is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California Irvine, and is director of the University’s International Centre for Writing and Translation.

This event is being held in cooperation with Wasafiri, as part of their 25th Anniversary Celebrations 'Everything to Declare'.  See www.wasafiri.org