Day 25: 🇨🇫 The Magic Doll

In a Nutshell: I learnt about this book, thanks to Millie Margretta. The book is beautifully illustrated with a great story. The book is narrated by a young girl, Adjoa about her mother’s desire to be pregnant and her journey towards pregnancy and birth, through the support of her husband and her Akua’ba doll. Themes: … Continue reading Day 25: 🇨🇫 The Magic Doll

Day 2: 🇩🇿 Our Riches/A Bookshop in Algiers

A lot of my reading is accompanied by a snack or a good coffee. My edition of this book is called Our Riches but a new edition was released in May called A Bookshop in Algiers. In a Nutshell: Adimi was born in 1986, the same year as me! She was born in Algiers but … Continue reading Day 2: 🇩🇿 Our Riches/A Bookshop in Algiers

Day 1: 🇸🇳 So Long a Letter

So Long a Letter was the first book in my project. It came highly recommended by a friend. And what a delectable treat this 95 page novella was. In a Nutshell: So long a Letter (Une Si Longue Lettre) was published in 1979, the edition I read was published in 2008, this edition featured in … Continue reading Day 1: 🇸🇳 So Long a Letter

Introducing our #WITMonth guest editor, Jess Andoh-Thayre

Introducing our #WITMonth guest editor, Jess Andoh-Thayre My name is Jess Andoh-Thayre, 35, from London but currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  I am a French, Spanish and English teacher, translator, avid reader and now blogger. I am really excited about this year's #WITMonth, although this year I won't be able to read as much as normal … Continue reading Introducing our #WITMonth guest editor, Jess Andoh-Thayre

#INTLYALITMONTH Shuri #1: The Search For The Black Panther

Shuri #1: The Search For Black Panther, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Illustrated by Leonardo Romero & Jordie Bellaire (Colorist) ISBN:  978-1302915230 Publisher: Marvel Shuri #1: The Search For Black Panther shines with beautiful cover art designed/illustrated Leonardo Romero & Jordie Bellaire Shuri is busy testing out her gadgets, creating scientific formulas and throwing out gauntlets, but … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH Shuri #1: The Search For The Black Panther

Literature of exile: The refugee activist poet J. J. Bola

We came here to find refuge / They called us refugees / So we hid ourselves in their language / until we sounded just like them. / Changed the way we dressed / to look just like them / Made this our home / until we lived just like them. -- from J.J.Bola's poem "Refuge" … Continue reading Literature of exile: The refugee activist poet J. J. Bola

Literature of Exile: Somaliland and Nadif Mohamed

Do butterflies and moths suffer this perplexity? This ‘how did I get here?’ and ‘who am I?’ crisis? The Somali Civil War is poorly known or understood by many Westerners. After decades of colonialism, the British and Italian-controlled Somali territories united to form the independent Republic of Somalia in 1960. However, in 1988, the military … Continue reading Literature of Exile: Somaliland and Nadif Mohamed

Literature of Exile: Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

To read global literature is to accept the compromise of translation. Even the most polyglot among us cannot hope to read everything that interests us in its original language. English has become the somewhat grudgingly accepted lingu franca for most of the world, yet to read and write in English is to speak the colonizer's … Continue reading Literature of Exile: Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers

Check out these 11 books of poetry, comics, short stories, novels and non-fiction anthologies. All by African writers. All #ownvoices. Meanwhile... Graphic short stories about everyday queer life in Southern and East Africa. By the Qintu Collab. English. Short Story Collection. So this work that we all do as artists and culture makers – we … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers