Back at Kinna Reads, and with updates.

Last week I attended a workshop facilitated by researchers of the pathways of women’s empowerment project.  We were taught to write ‘stories of change’ inspired by non-fictional accounts (from case studies and interviews) of women’s lives.  The group was led by Dr Mona Ali and the Egyptian writer Sahar El-Mougy who both run a project called “So Said the Storyteller” in which young women from Palestine, Egypt and Sudan come together to rewrite conventional folktales with a feminist edge.  The workshop was a lot of fun and quite empowering.  I even got to write my first short, short story which was not as bad as I had feared!  To top it off I received these five books:

Inner Courtyard by the Urdu writer Khadija Mastur:  the book was given to me by fellow participant and translator Neelam Hussain.

Two novels – In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyinka and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin  and two children’s books – Eno’s Story and Mayowa and the Masquerades. All published by Cassava Republic and given to me by its dynamic founder and editor Bibi Bakare-Yusuf.   I shall write more about Cassava Republic in the coming weeks.

On the reading front, I finished three books:
The Dwarf by Per Lagerkvist
Counselor Ayres’ Memorial by Machado de Assis
So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

Finally, an introduction.  As most of you know, I blog from Ghana, West Africa.  And while there are lots of bloggers in Ghana, I was beginning to feel  that I was the sole book blogger in my country.  Well, it turns out I’m not alone afterall :).   Fellow Ghanaian book blogger Nana Fredua-Agyeman of ImageNations dropped by Kinna Reads last week .  Here’s hoping to find more excellent book bloggers in Ghana.

So I’d glad to be back.  A lot of happenings in the community.  Savidge Reads announced a new book prize.  And Amy Reads  issued this warning about the upcoming week.   Sounds very interesting, lots of debate ahead then.

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15 comments

  1. The Secret Lives book looks good. Its nice to read of someone actually enjoying a work-related workshop – my memories of most of the ones I attended are less than uplifting.

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  2. Welcome back, Kinna! That workshop sounds absolutely fascinating. And that’s great that you finally found another book blogger from Ghana! I recently discovered that a blogger I’d been reading for some time was also Portuguese, and I was ridiculously excited.

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  3. Welcome back. That sounds like a very interesting workshop and well done for writing a short story. It’s nice to find bloggers in your own country! I know a few here in The Netherlands, but there doesn’t seem to be a community like we have internationally. Iris (who commented above) is one of the Dutch bloggers.

    Looking forward to see your reviews!

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  4. The workshop sounds like a whole lot of fun! Thanks for pointing out another Ghanaian blogger for us (and I see another above, how exciting!).

    I’ve heard a lot about The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s wives so I am really interested to hear your thoughts on it. The other books all sound great too. I’m looking forward to hearing more about that publisher.

    And thank you for the mention 🙂 It might be quiet, but I’m a little nervous about a few of the days, so hopefully will be some good debate yes!

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    • You are welcome, Iris. I’m hoping to read and review it in the week that you feature Nigerian works, just to join you :). I have lots to read before then though.

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  5. I’m glad you’re back! The workshop sounds fascinating and I hope you enjoy those books, but I’m sure you will. And it is always nice to find a fellow blogger from your country 🙂

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  6. Welcome back! The workshop sounds very interesting, it would have been great to meet fellow bloggers. And most of all write your first short story, yaaaay! I have heard that The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin is a great read. Waiting for your review!

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    • The workshop was a lot of fun. But I’m glad to be back to this blog especially. I can’t wait to read Lola Shoneyin’s novel. She previously published three collection of poetry and I will feature one of her poems as soon as I can get my hands on any of her poems.

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