Nadifa Mohamed, one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013, was born in Hargeisa, Somalia, and has lived in England since 1986. The workshop will focus on her debut novel, Black Mamba Boy (2010), based on her father’s travels across the Horn of Africa, before his eventual arrival in Britain. Mohamed will be in dialogue with ‘Africa in Words’ editor Kate Haines during the workshop. Readers will be able to participate in a discussion on their responses to the book.
This workshop series, hosted jointly by the Oxford English Faculty and TORCH and supported by the OUP John Fell Fund, brings a number of contemporary British writers into conversation with readers to discuss how literature shapes our perceptions of the world today and our identities within it. In the first half of each workshop, readers will be able to offer responses to their experiences of reading the book of the week; in the second, the author will give a reading and engage in conversation with the audience.
All are welcome. These sessions will be recorded for podcasting.