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Nigerian educator to present visiting scholar seminar at UWI

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There are great literature experiences happening in the week leading up to the Calabash International Literary Festival in St Elizabeth. Esteemed writer and academic Dr Karen King-Aribisala of the University of Lagos (Nigeria) will be giving a visiting scholar seminar on Friday, May 25, as well as a reading on Thursday, May 31, the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) Campus.

Dr King-Aribisala was educated in Guyana, Barbados, England, Nigeria, Wales, and Italy. She is a professor of English in the Department of English, University of Lagos. She is a writer of fiction and has published several short stories and poems in journals such as Wasafiri, Presence Africaine, Moving Worlds and The Griot; her work has also been anthologised.

She is the recipient of several international awards, grants fellowships, and artists residencies and is the author of novels The Hangman's Game and Kicking Tongues; short story collections Our Wife and Other Stories; and poems.

She is the winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Literature: Best First Book (African Region 1990-91); and winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Literature: Best Book (African Region 2008). She was long-listed for the IMPAC Literary Dublin Prize and shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature.

King-Aribisala's visit is very timely as the UWI works at setting up the UWI-University of Lagos Centre for African History and Culture.

Please contact the Department of Literatures in English at litsengmona@gmail.com or at 927-2217 for more information on the upcoming events.