Jack Mapanje<br><h6>Festival Poet</h6>
Jack Mapanje
Festival Poet

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Jack Mapanje was head of the Department of English at the University of Malawi when the Malawi authorities arrested him in 1987 after his first book of poems had been banned, and he was released in 1991 after spending three years, seven months and sixteen days in prison, following an international outcry against his incarceration. His books include The Last of the Sweet Bananas: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004), Beasts of Nalunga (Bloodaxe, 2007) and Greetings from Grandpa (Bloodaxe, 2016), and the prison memoir, And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night (Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2011). He lives in exile in York with his family, and is a visiting professor in the faculty of art at York St John University.  We are really delighted to be working in partnership with Cumbria Library Service as part of New Writing North’s 2017 Read Regional campaign to bring Jack Mapanje to the festival.

 

Photo credit: Keith Pattinson

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