Monday, 25 May 2009

Cadbury Fellows Conference 21-5-09

I attended the 2009 Cadbury Fellows Conference on Thursday May 21st & 22nd. The theme for event was OHUN TITUN: New Directions in African and Caribbean Writing and the event was hosted by the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham.

Cadbury fellows – Christian Campbell, Tolu Ogunlesi and Oumar Farouk Sesay.

I found the session on Post-war Sierra Leonean Literature particularly moving. It was chaired by Jo Skelt and had as panellists Oumar F Sesay, Delia Jarret-Macauly and Prof. Syl Cheney-Coker.
The ‘long day’ ended with the Publishers panel (Publishers present Bibi-Bakare-Yusuf, Cassava Republic Press/ Becky Ayebia Clarke, Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd/ Jeremy Poynting, Peepal Tree Press), where we learnt about the challenges facing publishers of Afro-caribbean writing.
Well, that wasn’t where the day ended. We moved en-mass to end the evening at the Syriana Restaurant. Nice food and nice conversation.
Meet Mr Chuma Nwokolo, Jr. who is the publisher of and Prof Femi Oyebode, ( a poet and Psychiatrist based in Birmingham). Also had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy Weate and Bibi- Bakare of Cassava Republic press and many other wonderful people.

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