talks & debates
talks & debates

Pan-African Literary All-Stars

Part of Africa Utopia

Join us to celebrate some of 2018’s outstanding contemporary African literature, as we talk to authors about the varied themes, topics and styles of their work.

The panel includes:

Michael Donkor with his debut novel Hold.

Moving between Ghana and London, Hold is an intimate, moving, powerful coming-of-age novel. It’s a story of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness; of learning what we should cling to, and when we need to let go.

Diana Evans, award-winning author of Ordinary People, The Wonder and 26a.

Set in London against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. Ordinary People is her third novel.

Chaired by writer, mentor and co-host of literature podcast, Mostly Lit, Derek Owusu.

Derek is a writer, podcaster, and mentor from Tottenham. While writing for an online publication, he came across Alex Reads, a host of literature podcast Mostly Lit, who asked him to be a guest on the show. After featuring on two episodes it was clear that the dynamic between Derek, Alex and second co-host, Rai, was something special and he became a permanent fixture. After just one year, Mostly Lit has gone from strength to strength, being named one of iTunes best podcasts of 2016 and BBC Culture's Top 25 Podcasts That Will Blow Your Mind.

Derek is currently working on an anthology of essays for and by black British men, which he hopes will inspire, educate and add to the dialogue of diversity already taking place.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Included in Pass
£18, £30