garden city literary festival//port harcourt


i'll be settling in for another bumpy ride on public transport in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow. the garden city literary festival jumps off in port harcourt with a book fair, writing workshops, discussions, and a conversation between nobel laureates to mark the united nations world book day. some notables among others in attendance will be: myne whitman, bibi bakare-yusuf, adaobi tricia nwaubani, helon habila, reuben abati, wole soyinka, and j.m.g. le clezio.

i have been invited to participate in helon habila's prose workshop. i am beyond thrilled about it--ecstatic, overwhelmed, and a little bit anxious. once upon a time i reviewed one of his novels for a magazine. wish i had re-read it recently, retained so little in my memory apart from a healthy respect for the man as a writer. damned if i could find a single book of his in the best bookshop in uyo (of novelists, all i found was a pirated copy of chichi's purple hibiscus--for shame!--beside every imaginable book by danielle steele and john grisham).

i am in a good place with my writing, so the fest couldn't have come at a better time. things seem to finally be moving again. i am going with the flow, will let the universe carry me wherever it may. --AL.

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