Literary Crossroads Online with Elizabeth-Irene Baitie and Mabunga Kalimamukwento

Literary Crossroads Online with Elizabeth-Irene Baitie and Mabunga Kalimamukwento

Goethe-Institut Ghana and Writers Project of Ghana proudly feature on our second Literary Crossroads event of the year, a reading and conversation with Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Ghana) and Mabunga Kalimamukwento (Zimbabwe). This event will be streamed online via the Goethe-Institut Ghana Facebook account (Goethe-Institut Ghana) and via instagram on @writersPG. The event is slated for Wednesday 26th August 2020 at 7.00 PM.

Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is a writer and Clinical Biologist. She studied Biochemistry with Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon and then went on to earn an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry with Molecular Biology at the University of Surrey, UK. She is a multi-award winning author of children and young adult fiction. Her first book, A Saint in Brown Sandals (2006) won The Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa. In 2010, her second book The Twelfth Heart won the Burt Award for Young African Literature and was later a finalist for the BAYAAL All-Stars Award in 2017. Her third book, The Dorm Challenge, a sequel to her second book, also won the 2012 Burt Award. In 2016 and 2018, she released her third and fourth books Rattling in the Closet and The Lion’s Whisper which was a finalist for the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. Her most recent work, An Angel in Mucky Shorts (2019), is the sequel to her first book.

Elizabeth-Irene is currently working on a new work of fiction for upper-middle readers after signing with Accord Literary and has been featured on various literary shows and festivals.

Mabunga Kalimamukwento is a Zimbabwean novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and lawyer. She is an alumna of the Hubert H. Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellowship and the Young African Leaders Initiative. Her first novel, The Mourning Bird (2019) won the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award 2019, and a Zambia National Tell Your Own Story Award 2020.

Mubanga’s literary works have appeared in several literary platforms such as Overland, The Red Rock Review, Dreamers Creative Writing Magazine, The Menteur, The Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Doek!, The Advocates for Human Rights, Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, The Airgonaut, and is forthcoming in Apricity Press, Exhale: Queer Erotic Fiction, and The Nobrow Short Story Prize Anthology.

She is an MFA candidate at Hamline University and the fiction editor of Doek!

Date: Wednesday, 26th August, 2020

Time: 7.00 PM

Venue (online): Facebook (Goethe-Institut Ghana); IG (@writerspg)