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Africa, America, Europe
Black Atlantic
Female Narrators of the Black Atlantic
Jackie Kay and Marie-Hélène Laforest
Admission: 5 , concessions 2,50
Black Atlantic
Reading and Diskussion with Jackie Kay (Great Britain) and Marie-Hélène Laforest (Haiti/Italy)
Host: Ekpenyong Ani (Germany)

Languages: English-German

"There is only one point on which my relatives and I agree: we weren’t 'black' until we left the Caribbean."
Marie-Hélène Laforest

Emigration and its traumatic effects, text-and-sound landscapes and gender questions: In her texts, British author Jackie Kay asks questions about both gender-specific and social affiliation. (Jackie Kay caused attention in Germany with her novel Trumpet, which deals with a woman jazz musician and her life as a man.) George Lamming, the doyen of Caribbean literature, writes about Marie-Hélène Laforest and her very personal insights into Haitian-Caribbean and (US) American life: 'As a Haitian author who writes in English she succeeds in creating new literary forms with this old language'.

Marie-Héléne Laforest, author and essayist, currently teaches post-colonial literature at the University of Naples, Italy. In both her fiction and non-fiction works, she has concerned herself with aspects of the Caribbean and African Diaspora; her short stories have appeared in many US periodicals and anthologies. "Foreign Shores", her first collection of short stories, was published in 2003.

Ekpenyong Ani is a journalist and editor and a certified translator for English, Portuguese and Dutch. Since 2001, she has been executive director of the Orlanda Frauenverlag press in Berlin; she is also an executive member of ADEFRA e.V. (Black women in Germany). Her writings have appeared in "The African Courier", the "Das Coming Out Lesebuch" (Ed. Konopik/Montag 1999) and "AufBrüche. Kulturelle Produktionen von Migrantinnen, Schwarzen und jüdischen Frauen in Germany" (Ed. Gelbin/Konuk/Piesche 2000).

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