LitLunch Online with Margaret Busby

October 22, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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New Daughters of Africa brings together the work of a new generation of female writers of African descent… it magnificently achieves its aim of honouring a unified heritage while showing the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora.” The Bookseller, editor’s choice

In recognition of Black History Month 2020, we are proud to host an online event with eminent Ghanaian-born British publisher, writer and former Booker Prize chair Margaret Busby, in conversation with Suzi Feay. The event will go live at 2pm on Thursday 22 October, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel.

Twenty-five years ago, Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa illuminated the ‘silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women’ (Washington Post). Published to international acclaim, it was hailed as ‘an extraordinary body of achievement… a vital document of lost history’ (Sunday Times). Her follow-up, New Daughters of Africa, is now available in paperback, and continues that quest for a new generation, bringing together overlooked artists of the past with fresh voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe and Angola to the USA.

Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honours the links that endure from generation to generation, and addresses the common obstacles women writers of colour face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class, and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression.

Margaret Busby OBE was born in Ghana and educated in Britain. She co-founded Allison & Busby, publishing C.L.R. James, Buchi Emecheta, Nuruddin Farah among many others, and became Director of Earthscan. She has been a literary awards judge, including the Caine, Baileys and Commonwealth prizes, served on the boards of PEN, Wasafiri and the Royal Literary Fund, and collected many honours, including the 2015 Henry Swanzy Award. She lives in London.