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Africa Now

Three storytellers reflect on the continent they once called home

Oliver Twist (photo credit Kiera Chevell)
Abdulrazak Gurnah (photo credit Henry Nicholls)
Saturday 25 May 2024
Event Code: 121
In Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novel, By the Sea, his Zanzibar-born protagonist recalls the narratives passed down from British colonists: “In their books I read unflattering accounts of my history, and because they were unflattering, they seemed truer than the stories we told ourselves.”

Celebrate the tales told by African diasporic writers themselves in this special event, which brings together the Nobel Prize–winning author with comedian and memoirist Oliver Twist and writer and host Sisonke Msimang.

Hear stories from Zanzibar, Rwanda, South Africa and beyond as these remarkable writers consider the places that made them.
Carriageworks, Track 8
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015