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Carving a Space for Yourself as a Black Storyteller

Tuesday October 26, 2021
18:00 - 19:30

AfroHeritage Book Club presents an evening that focuses on carving a space for yourself as a Black storyteller, featuring special guest author, Sisonke Msimang.

Sisonke will be in conversation with AfroHeritage co-founder, Vuma Phiri, about her two books, Always Another Country, and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. Building from her work, the conversation will also explore her perspective on the creativity of the African Diaspora, and how she, through her writing, has carved a space for herself as a Black storyteller. The conversation will be followed by a brief Q&A, so audience questions are welcomed and encouraged.

The night will also include two dazzling Boorloo (Perth) based poets: Abuk Lual and Nidal Saeed.

Please note, RSVP is essential. Numbers are limited, so we cannot offer walk-ins.

If you are living outside of Perth, you can join in via Zoom. Please contact afroheritagebc@gmail.com for further information.


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Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is the author of 'Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home' and 'The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela'. She is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera. Sisonke is an oral storytelling trainer at the Centre for Stories, and curator of Perth Festival's Literature & Ideas program. 

Vuma Phiri

Migrating to Australia at the age of 7, Vuma has always felt disconnected to the stories from her home country, Zambia, and from the African continent overall. Vuma created her Instagram book account, @diaspora_reader, in 2019, to share reviews and recommendations for books she has read. In deciding she wants to read more from African authors, Vuma is hoping to bring other avid readers alongside her, so we can learn and share the works of Africa’s finest writers.

Gisele Ishimwe

Gisele is an emerging researcher, creative, and public speaker. Gisele has a passion for stories, whether it’s uncovering and writing them through research or a blog, sharing them in speaking gigs, or reading them in our recently established AfroHeritage Book Club. You bet Gisele will be there with a big smile on her face, her heart and mind wide open, ready to learn.  

Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
Centre for Stories is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen Street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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