I have to admit one of my regrets so far this year has been not being able to make any of the New Daughters of Africa events – not the launch in March in London, not even when they came as close as Trinidad for the Bocas Lit Fest a month later (see Reading Room and Gallery 34 for some of that video) because I just didn’t have the money and there was no resource to tap. The publishers opened up a place on the stage to any contributing writer, you just had to get yourself there and I couldn’t. And I regret that. Because I’m proud to be in this collection, proud to see Antigua and Barbuda in this collection, and, I’m reading it, it’s a damn good collection – follow-up to the seminal, global anthology Daughters of Africa. It is a gathering of women writers from Africa and of African descent from across the globe, fully 200 of us – giants and would-be giants.
This is a heavy collection and I’m not just talking about its 700 plus pages.
As I write this, events across the UK continue… in Bristol at the Malcolm X Community Centre, in London at the Africa Writes festival at the British Library, in Scotland at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in Gloucestershire at the Cheltenham Literature Festival – plus events planned for later this year at Somerset House and Ealing Central Library, with likely more to come; and with the launch of the US edition, there are events taking place in the US as well. There is also now a South Africa edition which may mean events on the continent as well…and wouldn’t that be dope.
The coverage of the New Daughters of Africa has been positively global. The Irish Times said ‘Some of the short stories will make you hold your breath…’ and I agree; the Financial Times said it “offers fascinating insights into the present”; Sussex Express said, it’s “a wonderful treasure trove”; the Trinidad Express spoke of its “explosiveness, (and) urgency”; while New Beacon Books praised it as “Bold and insightful, brilliant in its intimacy and universality”. See also Camden New Journal, Guardian Arts, Echoes magazine, NB, Sussex Express, Trinidad Daily Express, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, Brittle Paper, Brittle Paper, Young Voices, and The Turnaround Blog.
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