LSE Shape the World Festival with Margaret Busby and Sarah Manyika


African literature is increasingly esteemed around the world, but the true extent of its global historic influence remains largely overlooked. Negotiating the common obstacles of race, class and gender, African women writers have long-confronted crucial matters of independence, freedom and oppression.

Margaret Busby, editor of New Daughters of Africa—a major international collection showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent—will be joined by New Daughters of Africa contributor, Sarah Manyika to reflect on the impact of women writers on shaping the ways we understand today’s social and political upheavals.

This event is hosted by LSE Shape the World Festival and will run from 12.45 – 2.00pm on Saturday 7 March 2020.Showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, New Daughters of Africa illuminates the richness and cultural history of this original continent and its enduring influence, while reflecting our own lives and issues today. Copies of the book will be available to buy and have signed by both Margaret and Sarah after their talk.

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shape the World running from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, with a series of events exploring how social science can make the world a better place. It free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Online booking will open for events in the LSE Festival from 12noon on Monday 10 February 2020. For full details see Ticket Information.