All items: Africa

Courttia Newland speaks with Catherine O'Flynn about childhood inspiration from TV and music, his doubts about diversity initiatives in publishing and the threads linking his work across different media and genres.

I would take a leaf out of Achebe's own classic novel Things Fall Apart, in which the final paragraph switches perspective from an African to a European one. I would switch the European to an African perspective in a rewrite of Conrad's novella.

Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about the treasure trove of her ancestors’ archives, her study of minority ethnic populations in Europe and the endangered languages that help define them, the colonial impositions of the English language, and why you should ask when you don’t know.

Michael McMillan speaks with Gabriel Gbadamosi about growing up in Buckinghamshire and London, the ongoing influence of his widely-toured ‘front room’ installation, the role of music in black British culture, and the important culture and politics of the 1970s.

As the child of bookshop owners, Simon Rae grew up knowing that running a bookshop might be his destiny. But the revelation that he would rather write books than sell them took him along a different path…

Michael McMillan takes us on a tour through his interdisciplinary creative career, spanning visual arts, theatre and other kinds of writing, collaboration and curating, in 'On Reflection'.

Recently I fell out of love with the written word; so glib, so manipulable and so manipulative. I started resenting the little plastic worlds it makes, its booming authority and its eternal set-in-stone endurance.

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about his first travel writing adventures in South Africa during the last days of apartheid, being sent rather unwillingly for a further book about Australia, and working out what you’re writing about as you go along.