Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mark Your Calendar...

There are many reasons why I love Lagos. One of the reasons just has to be literary events...Lagos has it. Name it plays, poetry performances, readings, book tours; sometimes there's a clash you have to decide which one to attend. 

Now, here's another clash between BookJam@Silverbird and Poetry Potter. Well, you decide which works for you!

The objective of the BookJam is to provide literary entertainment for the public by creating opportunities for book lovers to meet and discuss with writers and other artists.

The first edition of “The BookJam @ Silverbird” will hold between 3 to 5 pm on Saturday 27 February 2010, at Silverbird Lifestyle store, Silverbird Galleria, Ahmadu Bello Way, VI, Lagos. 

The Guest Writers

Kaine Agary, author of Yellow Yellow and winner of the 2008 NLNG-sponsored Nigeria Prize for Literature

Eghosa Imasuen, author of To Saint Patrick

Jude Dibia, author of Walking with Shadows and Unbridled and winner of the 2007 NDDC/ANA-sponsored Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose.

Michela Wrong, British writer and the author of In the Footsteps of Mr. Kutz which won a PEN Prize for nonfiction], I Didn’t do it For You and It’s Our Turn to Eat which was selected as one of the top ten books of 2009 by The Economist magazine.

A. Igoni Barrett, award-winning author of From the Caves of the Rotten Teeth.  

The hip-hop singer MI is also expected to attend the event as a special guest. 

Each of the guest writers will be interviewed on the Silverbird TV morning show “Today on STV”, and immediately afterwards on Rhythm 93.7 FM, on the following dates:Jude Dibia—19 February; Kaine Agary—23rd February; Eghosa Imasuen—26th of February. So, listen up!

Poetry Potter

Poetry Potter is the hub for poetry performers, writers and spoken word addicts. It usually happens every month. The next edition is slated for Saturday, 27 February 2010

Time:    03:00 - 07:00pm                           Venue: Rotunda Hall Alagomeji Lagos

And Lola Shoneyin Launches her Collection of Poems.
Lola Shoneyin launches her new collection of poetry, "For the love of flight". The poems in this volume range from the politically strident, the fiercely feminist, the soft and sensual to the satirically stringent. Shoneyin refines the style that has kept her audience eagerly awaiting this new collection.

Thursday, 25 February 2010
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: JB's Grill, Maitama Amusement Park

This is for all our Kenyan readers.
Cut Off My Tongue will leave you speechless! It rants, sweats, and breaks into song and dance as it explores the truths that shape us Modern Africans: Our beliefs, the way we behave and why.

Woven into music and dance, Sitawa Namwalie’s dramatised poetry is moving and frighteningly honest. It is politics – and love – that bites as it teases!

See it at USIU Auditorium, 2nd March 2010, 6pm.


  1. Not to add to anyone's dilemma about which event to go for this saturday, Mosuro Publishers is also presenting a new book titled "NIGERIAN ARTISTRY" at Bruce Onobrakpeya's Harmattan Workshop Gallery, 10 Elsie Femi Pearse Street, Off Kofo Abayomi, VI Lagos. The book is highly recommended for all Art lovers and the event begins at 3.30pm.

  2. I imagine this was a highly interesting evening. Jude Dibia deserves all the attention he gets. "Walking With Shadows" still hasn't received the attention it merits.