Penny Black, Jonny Wright, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Sanjida O'Connell, Dipo Agboluaje, Shelley Silas and Leila Rasheed tell us about the book they're currently reading.
Sanjida O'Connell, Dipo Agboluaje, Leila Rasheed, Shelley Silas, Penny Black, Gabriel Gbadamosi and Jonny Wright discuss their favourite children's book.
Dipo Agboluaje, Shelley Silas, Jonny Wright, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Leila Rasheed, Penny Black and Sanjida O'Connell discuss their desert island book.
Leila Rasheed, Penny Black, Jonny Wright, Shelley Silas, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Sanjida O'Connell and Dipo Agboluaje discuss their favourite book in translation.
'I scribbled notes on pieces of paper. I'd leave them out overnight, and let slugs crawl over them. Whole words, and even phrases, would be eaten, and over weeks subjected to the criticism of snails and slugs.'
'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.'
'One moment I was looking at the huge, empty, stone sarcophagus, its heavy lid propped open with rocks; the next, the lights went off. I later heard there was a blackout.'
Gabriel Gbadamosi finds his talisman, and his Yoruba spiritual counterpart, in a junk shop statue.
'I've heard tell of the psychopathology of answering machines, the ghost-in-the-machine poetry of microprocessors, but I've watched the use of Facebook profiling by editorial committees: what is our demographic looking for?'
'But how about, for example, writing to find out about what you don't know? Or writing as a job in itself? Shades of meaning crowd round every piece of advice I ever received. I never took anything as truth, only as something to think about. '
'Chinua, an Igbo from Nigeria of my father's generation, who wrote Things Fall Apart with its title by an Irishman and its split focus between a pre-colonial West African people and culture and a British colonial administrator; it was, when I read it, the best thing I had ever read.'
'Writing will demoralise you unless you give in to its moral shaping of experience, but nothing will stop you, as a writer, judging yourself.'