Writer Nii Parkes to read at Goethe-Institut

By: John Owoo
Nii Parkes poetry reading
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United Kingdom-based Ghanaian writer, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, will on Thursday, August 23, read from some of his books as part of  an ongoing exhibition titled “African Modernism – Architecture of Independence” at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.

Dubbed “Focus on Accra”,  his selections for the 7.00pm programme will be dwelt on his general perceptions and descriptions of Accra in his works.

Nii Parkes will be joined by writers who contributed to Adabraka: Stories from the Centre of the World, an anthology of short stories edited by Nana S. Achampong. The writers include Kwesi Woode, Kweku Baah-Achamfour, Seyram Asmah, Akorfa Dawson and Mercy Addai.

He has published three poetry chapbooks: Eyes of a Boy, Lips of a Man (1999); M is for Madrigal (2004), a selection of seven jazz poems and Shorter (2005), which was published to raise money for a writers' fund in Ghana.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes holds an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck (University of London) and is a 2007 recipient of Ghana's national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy.

His début novel Tail of the Blue Bird was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize and his work has been translated into Italian, French, Chinese, Dutch, German and Arabic.

Nii is also the Senior Editor at Flipped Eye Publishing and a contributor to many literary magazines and journals, including Wasafiri, Poetry News, The New Writer, Storyteller Magazine, The Liberal, Mechanics Institute Review and Sable.

In a related event, Ehalakasa poets comprising Yibor Kojo Yibor, Crystal Tettey, Apiokor Ashong-Abbey, Seyram GH, Jewell King Speaks, Natty Ogli, The Fanti Girl, Amaze and Meera will on Friday, August 24, share their experiences of the city of Accra at the Goethe Institut.

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