AfroHeritage Book Club – People Person (online)
- Vuma PhiriSee more about Vuma Phiri
Jun 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online via Zoom
AfroHeritage Book Club is a meeting space for Africans in the diaspora (living outside of the African continent).
Here, we connect Africans living in Australia with literature (and other relevant bodies of artwork) created by Africans. By engaging with popular (and less known) literature from the African continent, our members will leave feeling connected to stories of their heritage as we discuss and share what we are getting out of what we are reading.
We want to see the world through African lenses in the hopes of stirring up our creativity in the content we all create in our world. Any poets, writers, musicians, social media content creators will be able to garner inspiration from the literature we read and discuss. Innovative thinkers and dreamers will have a space to engage with others who desire to build our homeland and continue to build Australia as it grows multiculturally.
This month is a special online edition is in partnership with the wonderful people at Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne.
This month’s book is People Person by Candice Carty-Williams.
Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about. She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone in her life. That is, until a dramatic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.
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Vuma PhiriExpand Bio Collapse Bio
As a young woman living in Perth, Vuma has always found herself engaging with the stories around her as a form of entertainment, learning and to gain empathy. Her life began in storytelling, from the origin of her name, to living with parents who collect novels to add to their bookshelves at home. 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.
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