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Francophone African Literature with Alain Mabanckou & Gustave Akakpo

Tuesday 18 August 2015 15:00-16:30

We are delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed novelist from Congo-Brazzaville Alain Mabanckou and Togolese author Gustave Akakpo at the Institut français for a conversation on African francophone literature and theatre.

Gustave Akakpo was born in Togo in 1974. He writes plays and novels and organises writing workshops in Africa, France and the Caribbean, especially in prisons. He is associated artist at the TARMAC La Villette theatre in Paris. He has received many awards for his plays and novels, including the junior prize Plumes Togolaises at the Festival de Theatre de la Fraternité in Lomé, Togo, and the SACD dramaturgy prize for his play La Mère trop tôt. Commissioned by the Conseil Général de Seine-Saint-Denis for a play for young audiences, he writes the play Même les chevaliers tombent dans l’oubli, directed by Matthieu Roy - Cie du Veilleur in 2013. The play is premiered at the Avignon IN Festival in July 2014. Translated in English under the title Skins and Hoods, the play is performed as part of our Vive le Fringe! programme with an all-Scottish cast.

Alain Mabanckou is francophone Africa’s best-loved writer. Born in 1966 in Congo, he is an award-winning novelist, poet and essayist published in 15 languages. His books include African Psycho, Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine, Black Bazaar, and Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty. He currently spends his time between Paris, Congo and Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. Winner of prestigious prizes such as the Grand Prix de la Literature Henri Gal for his body of work in 2012 and the Prix Renaudot in 2006 for Memoirs of a Porcupine, he was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. His latest book Lumières de Pointe-Noire was translated in English and published by Serpentine in 2015.

Alain Mabanckou will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival alongside Etgar Keret on Tuesday 18 August at 19:00.

The talk (held in English) will be chaired by Lucie Campos, head of the Book Department at the Institut francais du Royaume-Uni.

Reservation is compulsory
Please book your tickets here or at our box office : 0131 225 5366

To make the most of your afternoon, why not book tickets to see the performance of Gustave Akakpo’s Skins and Hoods by Cie du Veilleur at 14:00?
Info & tickets available on www.vivelefringe.org

Image Alain Mabanckou: © Caroline Blache 2012

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