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Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

After a very successful run in 2012, iRead is back and better!

iRead, is a platform that brings aspiring writers and book lovers together with established voices in an environment where books, writers and the writing process get highlighted.

In pursuance of our thematically structured readings, this edition of iRead is themed: The Literary Affair. What makes relationships tick in the world of creative writing? What helps sustain interest in the relationships between characters? What relationships exist between writers themselves and the characters they create? We’re getting to the bottom of this tricky part of writing that is all so important.

So if you are an aspiring writer and have always wondered about characterisation, and building interesting relationships between characters, mark the 23rd of February on your calendar.

This month we are happy to announce the participation of Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole as guest writers to share from their writing and from their experience.

Lola Shoneyin:

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Lola Shoneyin is the author of the best selling novel- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. She is also the author of three volumes of poetry. Her first volume of poetry, So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg, was published by Ovalonion House, Nigeria in 1998. Her second volume of poetry, Song of a Riverbird was published by Ovalonion House in 2002. Shoneyin’s third poetry collection For the Love of Flight was published by Cassava Republic in February 2010. Cassava Republic also published Mayowa and the Masquerades, a children’s book in July 2010. Shoneyin’s writing has won numerous awards.

Samuel Tosin Kolawole:

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Samuel Tosin Kolawole is one of the rising stars of Nigerian literature. He has contributed short fiction to Eastownfiction,Translitmag, Superstition review, Sentinel literary Quarterly, Short Story Day Africa amongst other literary journals. Samuel featured as author of the month for his story “Memories and Penitence” at Tea with George, a project from Desperanto and Kanev Books in New York interested in showcasing the amazing talent of writers of poetry and short stories. He is a contributor to Jungle Jim, a groundbreaking African Pulp fiction Magazine based in South Africa. His story has been published in “Behind the shadows” an anthology of African and Asian writers and forthcoming in ISFN anthology, a Canadian-based imprint where his writing life will be also showcased. Samuel also contributes regularly to South Africa based efrika journal, and recently the Guardian, Uk featured his work. His collection of stories “The Book of M.” was published in 2011. Samuel lives in Ibadan, where he has recently completed work on his first novel.

Note that books by Nigerian authors will be on sale at the venue.

Venue: CORA House, 1st Floor, 95 Bode Thomas Surulere (Opposite Thermocool House), Lagos.

Date: Saturday, 23rd February 2013

Time: 12.30 – 3.00 PM

Call: 08030908311 or mail books@dadaenterprises.net for more information.

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iRead December: Nigerian Literature: What do Children Want?

The monthly book reading/discussion session, iRead is happening again and this time, we are focusing on children and their rights to a good education, to mark Human Rights Day – Dec 10.

iRead is a monthly writer/reader interactive session hosted by DADA Books and the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA). The December edition of iRead is being held in collaboration with Children And The Environment (CATE), an organisation committed to promoting child and environmental health issues amongst children and young people.

The December edition of iRead will provide the platform for young, emerging writers to meet and interact with established writers. The gathering will focus mainly on children literature and writing for children and will feature activities such as reading stories, sharing stories, discussions around literary works, quiz, film screening (dedicated to the rights of the child) etc.

Two established authors of children literature, Mobolaji Adenubi and Sola Alamutu will be facilitating the interactive session.

Mobolaji Adenubi

Mobolaji Adenubi retired from the Federal Civil Service Nigeria to devote her time to writing. She has been promoting creative writing, particularly the children genre for over two decades. She was the pioneer president of the Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) and a past vice-chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Lagos State Chapter.

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Sola Alamutu: Ms Alamutu is the brain behind Children And The Environment (CATE), an organisation that creates awareness in children about the importance of education and the environment. She is a co-author of CATE Saves the Ikopi Rainforest, a children’s book that won the 2004 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature. She is currently Publicity Secretary of the Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) Lagos branch and member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Lagos State Chapter.

To give us the right kind of atmosphere and to generate sector specific feedback, we will be joined by the major stakeholders, children.

DADA Stores is supporting this event with interesting gift items for every child that participates in the event.

Date: Saturday December 15

Time: 2-6 PM

Venue: CORA House (1st floor) 95 Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.

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iRead: Nigerian Literature, what’s sex got to do with it?

While the controversy rages on over Achebe’s new book, we remember his poignant description of Okonkwo as a man of a few words. But surely, we wonder, ‘a few words’ cannot express the act that led to the conception of his children.

If good fiction closely reflects reality, or makes the surreal seem so real as the case maybe; what does Nigerian fiction say about the way Nigerians approach sex as a reality of life? Do writers shy away from interrogating sex, an integral part of reality, in their work or do they paint an alternate reality far removed from the reality of most Nigerians? We’re asking this question of Literature: what’s sex got to do with it???

We do not jest here, at the November edition of iRead, the monthly writers’ reading and interaction series, sex will be exposed….strictly from the writers’ perspective!

To tackle this topic and read from their work (or showcase their art) we have Akilola Moronfolu, Iweka Kingsley, Andrew Eseimokumo Oki and since it not our intention to bore you to death with sex talk we have Team GhenGhen on hand to spice things up and bring it all down to earth (you know writers and how we like big big grammar).

(1) Andrew Eseimokumo Oki

Andrew Eseimokumo Oki  started writing at age 13 in Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan. His first novel “Bonfires of the gods” was published by Serene Woods, India in May 2011 and later released in Nigeria by Griots Lounge, in 2012. Andrew’s 13-month epileptic travels and research in the sub-continent of India is what inspires and forms the backbone of his next novel soon to be released. Andrew loves to sing and has a passion for living. He lives in Nigeria.

(2) Atilola Moronfolu:

Atilola Moronfolu is a multi-faceted entrepreneur. She is a Writer, Editor, Neighbourhood Magazine publisher, spoken word artist, and popular writing blogger on atilola.blogspot.com.

She also edits books for fellow writers and bloggers and gets them ready for publishing.

She is the author of Antonyms of a Mirage, the now popularly trending short stories collection in Nigeria, and is on the verge of releasing her second novel.

(3) Team GhenGhen:

Team GhenGhen is made up of The Reptile, The Panda, The Walker, The Mallam, Luminus, & DJ Klem.
their weekly podcast is becoming another can’t-do-without Nigerian social media innovation. The purpose of the podcast is to use humour as a means to speak about the things that make human beings tick & the things that drive us crazy.
With a growing number of listeners and downloaders spanning from Lagos to Eket, Peckham to New York, the GhenGhen show speaks to the consciousness of the youth as well as the young at heart.

The GhenGhen weekly podcast that is available for download at www.ghenghen.com.

(4) Iweka Kingsley:

Iweka Kingsley works as a Freelance Writer and PR & Media Consultant, with engagements with CP-Africa and a few other platforms. He is a YNaija SuperBlogger, while managing his own blog: http://www.iamscopeman.wordpress.com.

Date: 25th November 2012

Time: 3-6pm

Venue: CORA House, 95 Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.

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