Susheila Nasta and Olumide Popoola at Essex Book Festival


Editor, literary activist, writer and presenter, Susheila Nasta will be joined at Essex Book Festival by Nigerian-German contributor and novelist, Olumide Popoola to discuss the crucial place of the writer, past and present.

Brave New Words is a collection of fifteen specially commissioned essays from distinguished authors exploring the value of critical thinking, the power of the written word, and the resonance of literature in the twenty-first century. Contributors include Bernardine Evaristo, Romesh Gunesekera, Blake Morrison, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Hsiao-Hung Pai, Olumide Popoola and Marina Warner.

“Its purpose is to bring you to worlds beyond the collective imagination of a world made stale by the monotony of contemporary literature. It’s a voyage into the world left purposefully unknown by the publishing industry. And it’s very, very interesting to read… I am revitalised by the words of these authors.” Bad Form Reviews

Olumide is also one of the contributor to New Daughters of Africa, an anthology edited by Margaret Busby, featuring the voices of over 200 African women writers.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival and will run from 11:00 – 12.30 on Sunday 15 March. Book your tickets now.