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Aminatta Forna will be in conversation with Elleke Boehmerat, Oxford Professor of World Literature in English, for an event at Oxford University titled “Memoir and Memory.” The conversation will be part of the launch of the 2017-18 Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series, “Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation.”

Sierra Leonean-Scottish Forna is the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-shortlisted memoir, The Devil That Danced on Water (2002), and three novels: the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction-winning Ancestor Stones (2006), the Orange Prize finalist and Commonwealth Prize-winning The Memory of Love (2010), and the IMPAC Award-nominated The Hired Man (2013).

Winner of the 2014 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, finalist for the 2016 Neustadt Award, and 2017 recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE), Forna is, at the moment, the Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. In September, she was in conversation with Salman Rushdie.

Here is an excerpt from the announcement.

In this conversation, award-winning novelist and memoirist Aminatta Forna and Elleke Boehmer will discuss the ways in which Ms Forna’s work (which includes her novel The Memory of Love and memoir about Sierra Leone, The Devil That Danced on the Water) have portrayed situations of conflict and post-conflict, and how literature can offer new perspectives on commemoration, reconstruction and reconciliation.

The seminar series is run jointly between the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.

All are welcome.

Here are details of the event.

Date: Friday, 20 October 2017.

Time: 17:30 – 19:00 BST.

Venue: Andrew Miles Building, Lecture Theatre 3, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 0LD, United Kingdom.

Find out how to attend the event HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October, 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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