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Crafts of World Literature at the ASAUK

The African Studies Association UK biennial conference took place at the University of Birmingham, 11-13 September. Jarad Zimbler and I ran a stream called “African Literature: Communities, Collaborations, Crafts & Crossings”. The aim of this stream was to consider the Read More »

Review: What is a World?

This is the proof of my review of Pheng Cheah’s What is a World?, recently published in a special issue of Seminar (54.2). Pheng Cheah’s What is a World? argues for the “world-making” power of literature. Taking on the might of recent Read More »

Review: Vahni Capildeo

This is the proof of my review of Vahni Capildeo’s Measure of Expatriation, published in Stand Magazine 216, (Vol. 15.4, 2018) Capildeo, Vahni. Measures of Expatriation. Manchester: Carcanet, 2016. ISBN: 978 1 784101 68 8  128pp This stunning collection by Vahni Capildeo Read More »

Leeds Peace Poetry 2016

I’m really pleased to be working with schools for the Leeds Peace Poetry Prize 2016. This year’s theme is refugees. This includes all categories of displaced people, including asylum-seekers. The competition offers an opportunity to raise awareness not only of the current Read More »

Decolonizing Education

On 17th June we ran a symposium on Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and After Empire’, co-organised by staff from Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds. The event was organised by Rachel Bower, Matthew Whittle, Jonathan Saha and Emily Zobel Read More »

Review: Poetic Collaboration in Iraq and Palestine

This is the proof of a review that was recently published in Stand 14.2 (2016) in Leeds: Van Winkle, Ryan and Lauren Pyott, eds. This Room is Waiting: Poems from Iraq and the United Kingdom. Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-908754-49-3. Read More »

Review: Okpewho’s Blood on the Tides

This is the proof of my recent review of Isidore Okpewho’s Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology (Rochester, NY: Rochester UP, 2014), published in the Leeds African Studies Bulletin 77 (Winter 2015/16). In this formidable Read More »

Harrison and Simmons in Nigeria

More fascinating material continues to be accessioned into the Tony Harrison Archive in Special Collections at the Brotherton Library in Leeds. Most recently, Special Collections received manuscripts and correspondence relating to Aikin Mata: Tony Harrison’s translation of the Lysistrata with Read More »

Refugee Week, African Stories & Postcolonial Education

It’s the Yorkshire Festival and Refugee Week next week which means that there are a host of brilliant events across the North which celebrate the diversity, stories and talent of the region.      There is a wonderful week-long Migration Matters Read More »

Education, Rights and Migration

There are lots of fantastic events happening at Universities across the North of England which connect local and international issues.  On Friday 26 February, the School of English at the University of Leeds is hosting an event on Remembering Human Rights in Read More »

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