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Olumide Popoola.

Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black writing tagged “Black: The Literary Salon.” The first event, themed “Love and Desire Bared,” will take place on February 27, 2020 at Ace Hotel, London. It will feature the Nigerian-German writer Olumide Popoola and the Nigerian-British writers Irenosen Okojie and  Diana Evans.

In an email to Brittle Paper, Cassava Republic publishing director Bibi Bakare-Yusuf explained that “Each writer will invite the audience to think about different forms of love and desire, and reveal the ways in which these concepts are explored in their writing.”

Diana Evans. Photo credit: unknown.

Tickets for the event are available for £15.

Olumide Popoola is the author of When We Speak of Nothing, which was shortlisted for a Diva Literary Award and was named one of the Guardian‘s Best Books of 2017.

Irenosen Okojie is the author of Butterfly Fish, which won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. She was recently inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Irenosen Okojie. Photo credit: Jacaranda Books Art Music.

Diana Evans is the author of Ordinary People, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, New Statesman, and Financial Times, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and won the South Bank Sky Arts Award.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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