Frances Mensah Williams kicked off day 2 at Season 5 of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. She was moderated by Bisi Adjapon.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members. There have been four editions so far; Season 1 from March 23-30; Season 2 from April 20-27; Season 3 from May 25 – June 1; and Season 4 from June 29-July 6.
Season 5 kicked off with Lerato Mogoatlhe in Johannesburg, South Africa followed by Khamisi in Texas, USA. Starting out the second day was Frances Mensah Williams who was streaming from London, UK. Williams is a Ghanaian-born writer and publisher, and the author of several fiction and non-fiction titles. Her novels are From Pasta to Pigfoot (2015) and the sequel From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings (2016). Her latest novel, Imperfect Arrangements (2020), is set in Ghana and follows the entangled lives and loves of three best friends and their partners.
The session between the two Ghanaians, guests Frances and moderator Bisi, in the two different cities went over quite a bit of ground from writing influences, how writing is juggled with a full time career, having the British CBE and what it means and more. You can watch the two speaking in full in the below video.