I’ve talked about this hot new literary event called Long Story Short which is the brainchild of Kgauhelo Dube and curated by Yewande Omotoso. The idea is that instead of having the prose only in the written form the word is read by some of the people who are leading in the performing arts. These performing arts folks are best able to do readings as this is their core business or “their stronghold” like some Kenyans like saying. It is also able to bring together synergies in the arts making our field a more potent and revenue market force. Sound too NGO like there? Ah well.
The latest edition of the Long Story Short series will be happening at the Saulsville Community Library in
Pretoria Tshwane, South Africa on Saturday the 23rd of May. The story being read will be Chibundu Onuzo‘s “Going Home” and the reader will be TV actress Abena Ayivor.
Readers of this blog will be familiar with Chibundu Onuzo. She is the young woman who made all the rest of us look bad when she published her first book The Spider Kings Daughter (my review)a book set in lagos. For that she was put in the list of Africa’s top writers under 40.
Abena Ayivor will be new to those of us who don’t watched South African TV. This is because she was a former Generations, This Life and Jacob’s Cross star before doing several BBC-funded productions such as The Royal, Blood and Oil and Wild at Heart and also feature films Machine Gun Preacher and The Dinosaur. Did I mention that her first professional experience was as a stand in for Angela Basset in the movie Boesman and Lena in 1999.Thats a serious acting resume no?
So those of you in the Saulsville Community area need to go to this reading in a couple of Saturdays.
Check out Abena Ayivor and Cynthia Jele talk about Long Story Short in this video.