Straight from the organizers’ website: ‘The African Book Festival evolved out of an earlier event run by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, called the African Book Mark, as a response to complaints about a lack of range of books from Africa in bookstores. He invited publishers to send books at a discount and, where possible, authors to the Poetry Cafe and sales ensued – much more than anyone expected. The next year the event ran again, in partnership with the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, with a panel of writers and readers from Africa. Based on the positive response, the festival was developed.’
Goretti Kyomuhendo will be speaking at the festival on History-Imagined Futures.
For more details, venue, etc, check the site.