Kayo Chingonyi’s ‘Kumukanda’

The Guardian recently announced Kayo Chingonyi one of the 50 fresh voices in literature you should be reading now. Less than a year since I had the pleasure of seeing him at Africa Writes 2017 and now having read his poetry collection 'Kumukanda', here's a short piece on two of the poems featured in it, … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi’s ‘Kumukanda’

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‘What Would Harold Pinter Think?’ in Cambridge – Conversation with the playwright Alexandra Blanchard

'What Would Harold Pinter Think?' by Alexandra Blanchard is a play in two acts, set in a post-Brexit reality with attention to themes of alienation, femininity, mental health and freedom. It is being staged in The Old Vag Club in Cambridge on the 1st and 2nd of March. Here is an interview with the playwright with … Continue reading ‘What Would Harold Pinter Think?’ in Cambridge – Conversation with the playwright Alexandra Blanchard

The Mystery of Georges Seurat’s ‘Young Woman Powdering Herself’ (1888-1890)

By Rali Chorbadzhiyska A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of my all-time favourite paintings, so I was immediately drawn to A Young Woman Powdering Herself upon my visit to the Courtauld Gallery in London. What’s captivating about Seurat’s paintings is his ‘pointillist technique’ (Courtauld Gallery). He uses small and distinct … Continue reading The Mystery of Georges Seurat’s ‘Young Woman Powdering Herself’ (1888-1890)

Wine and Water – Forthcoming from Bahati Books

Here is a brilliant review for a new collection of African Romance short stories by Hannah Onoguwe! Officially coming out on the 31st of July!

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In the summer season, when the air is thick with heat, and all you want to do is stretch out on a beach, with a fruity cocktail, and a good book, Hannah Onogwe’s short story collection Wine and Water, provides exactly the kind of romantic escape we all need from our every day lives.

Each of the twelve stories in the collection is crafted with a brilliant attention to detail, bringing forward characters, so fully fleshed out and dimensional, you can almost feel them in the room with you. The dialogue is beautifully simple, and easily believable, structured in a way that rings true to many real-life conversations, and all the more powerful for that. Each story presents a self-contained world, painted richly and in broad strokes, fully immersive, and sentimental, bringing about a warmth and love of the backdrop that almost makes it a presence of its own…

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‘Dreamers Awake’ at the White Cube, Some Cultural References

By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Yesterday's day off took me once again to my favorite London art gallery - White Cube @ Bermondsey! 'Dreamers Awake' , their current exhibition, is 'a group show  which explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists'. Here's a few of the artworks on display, accompanied by … Continue reading ‘Dreamers Awake’ at the White Cube, Some Cultural References

‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity

By Rali Chorbadzhiyska What is weirder than waking up in a bug’s body and gradually turning into a believable insect? Actually waking up as Gregor Samsa and gradually making your way to become a complete human being! Haruki Murakami takes care of the reader’s curiosity about what happens to Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ protagonist and what becomes … Continue reading ‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity