Jack Mapanje on BBC World Service
WORLD RADIO PUBLICITY FOR JACK MAPANJE
Outlook, BBC World Service, Monday 25 July 2016, 12.06 pm, repeated multiple times
Jack Mapanje was interviewed for Arts Daily, a high-profile career interview slot which feeds into the World Service magazine programme Outlook. Interviewees talk about their own lives and how that relates to their art.
Jack spoke about his time in prison in Malawi, about life in exile in the UK, and about how the birth of his grandchildren has given him hope for the future. He read and talked about the title poem from his new collection Greetings from Grandpa.
‘Jack Mapanje has been described as one of the most important African poets writing in English today. He is best known for the poetry inspired by his three and a half years in prison in Malawi in the late 80s, during the dictatorship of Hastings Banda. He was never charged. And after being released, Jack came to live in the UK, and raised a family. His latest collection of poetry, Greetings from Grandpa, is dedicated to his children and grandchildren for "calming the nerves and fears of exile."’
Click here to listen. The interview with Jack Mapanje starts at 13.55
Jack Mapanje has lived in exile in York since 1991. An excellent feature review of Greetings from Grandpa ran in York'sThe Press of 11 June 2016.
Click here to read.
[27 July 2016]