Anthology to promote new Nigerian writing


Dr Emma Dawson

Posted on 24 February 2010

New writing from Anglophone authors in Nigeria is featured in an anthology to be released in April.

Daughters of Eve and other new short stories from Nigeria is the second in a new series of books aiming to promote emerging Anglophone writers unknown in the West but “whose writing tells wonderful new stories in wonderful new ways”.

Edited and introduced by Dr Emma Dawson, of Keele University in Staffordshire, UK, Daughters of Eve will be published on April 1 by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press in the World Englishes Literature Fiction series.

The 11 short stories in the anthology tackle a range of genres, including thrillers, crime, relationships, psychology, language and spooky tales. The authors include Peter Ike Amadi, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, Tolu Ogunlesi and Alpha Emeka.

Dr Dawson visited Nigeria to promote the call for short stories and research the history of Anglophone writing in Nigeria. She is currently editing anthologies of short stories from Uganda, Kenya, Malaysia and Singapore as part of the same series. The first book, The Spirit Machine and other new short stories from Cameroon, was published last year.

Dr Dawson, whose PhD focused on new writing in English, said: “Daughters of Eve includes many new authors that readers may not have heard of, but there are also new voices in the sense of new themes, new genres and a new sense of ‘Nigerianess’. I have met wonderful people and despite what this world says about difference, I have found many senses of ‘sameness’ in these literary adventures.”

• Daughters of Eve and other new short stories from Nigeria, edited with an introduction by Emma Dawson, is published by CCC Press on April 1, 2010, priced £9.99. More information can be found at http://www.new-ventures.net/HTM/Daughters%20of%20Eve.htm