Panashe Chigumadzi talk: Freedom Here, Now, Then: Black Liberation across time and space at be’kech Anti-Café in Berlin
Thursday 27 June | 7 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.
be'kech [anticafé · coworking space · bar], Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin- Wedding, Germany
Drawing on her historical memoir These Bones Will Rise Again, a reflection on Robert Mugabe’s 2017 ouster and Zimbabwe’s liberation struggles through intercession with her the spirits of her late grandmother Mbuya Chigumadzi and the anti-colonial heroine Mbuya Nehanda, and her much circulated long form essay ‘Why I’m No Longer to Nigerians About Race: On writers, empathy and (black) solidarity politics’, Panashe Chigumadzi speaks to the various meanings and modes of freedom, struggle and liberation for black peoples across time and space.
Edinburgh International Book Festival: Parker Bilal & James Oswald - Creating a Detective Story
Saturday 10 August | Noon
£10 - £12 | Book tickets
The Spiegeltent, the Book Festival Village, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 4DR
New novels from Parker Bilal and James Oswald find investigators at different ends of crime-cracking careers. Following the success of his Makana Mystery series, Bilal’s The Divinities marks DS Calil Drake and Dr Rayhana Crane’s maiden voyage as they attempt to solve a brutal murder in Battersea. Oswald’s Cold As The Grave – complete with mummified bodies in Edinburgh – sees DCI Tony McLean in his ninth outing. The authors talk to Brian Taylor.
Edinburgh International Book Festival: Sulaiman Addonia & Olga Grjasnowa - Flight Recorders
Thursday 22 August | 3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
£6 - £8 | Book tickets
Writer’s Retreat, the Book Festival Village, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 4DR
Sulaiman Addonia fled Eritrea in 1976 and spent his early life in a Sudanese refugee camp. Those days inform Silence Is My Mother Tongue, which also explores gender identity and a close sibling relationship. Azeri author Olga Grjasnowa moved to Germany in 1996 as a refugee and is married to a Syrian actor – her novel City of Jasmine offers an intimate picture of the inhumanity of war as three Damascenes flee. They discuss lives lived in exile.