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New Daughters of Africa


Filed under: Fiction

Bernardine Evaristo, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Nadifa Mohamed, Namwali Serpell and Margaret Busby celebrate the global sweep, diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers.

Twenty-five years after Margaret Busby’s Daughters of Africa anthology, a new companion volume brings together the work of over 200 writers from across the globe – Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA – to celebrate a unifying heritage, illustrate an uplifting sense of sisterhood and showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora. Comprising a wealth of genres and styles, this anthology speaks to the strong links that endure from generation to generation as well as the common obstacles that women writers of colour continue to face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class. In this event, Bernardine Evaristo chairs a panel of contributors to the new anthology, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Nadifa Mohamed and Namwali Serpell, joined by Margaret Busby, to celebrate the global sweep, diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers.

Following the event Margaret Busby is presented with the inaugural Africa Writes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal African Society by Diane Abbott MP.

This event was part of the Africa Writes festival 2019.

Recorded on: July 6, 2019
Recorded at: British Library Knowledge Centre