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Taiye Selasi alongside Kevin Maher, Gavin Extence, and Waterstone's Chris White at a Hay Festival event.

Taiye Selasi alongside Kevin Maher, Gavin Extence, and Waterstone’s Chris White at a Hay Festival event.

Taiye Selasi was among the all-female crew of African novelists on the bill of the recently concluded Hay Festival of Literature and Arts. The others were Aminatta Forna, Marie N’diaye, and Noviolet Bulawayo

The Hay Festival is a popular event that draws literary celebrities—novelists, agents, critics, journalists, publishers—the world over to the Welsh town Hay-on-wye at the start of the summer.

Selasi is one of the latest additions to the fast growing community  of contemporary African novelists. She is of British, Ghanaian and Nigerian origin. Her debut novel Ghana Must Go was endorsed by Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison.

Listen to the podcast of Selasi’s talk at the festival HERE.

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