Sunday, 30 May 2010


I chatted (very) briefly with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka around 2:30 Saturday afternoon as he took a breather by the poolside at Jake’s in the company of his laptop and a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea.

What did you enjoy most about sharing your life and work here with the Calabash crowd?

Wole Soyinka: It was a terrific audience. I love it here.

So has Calabash lived up to your expectations?

Soyinka: Yes, it has. It’s my first trip here to Calabash. It’s my first time in Montego Bay.

[Actually, it’s Treasure Beach, Mr. Soyinka].

There is a new wave of emerging African writers doing remarkably well on the international literary scene.

Soyinka: Oh yes. If you go to the bookshops, you’ll see a few there. You know Adichie, Sefi Atta and Chris Abani. They are doing very well.

Tell me one good book you’d love to recommend.

Soyinka: Chris Abani’s book The Virgin of Flames.

What will your next work explore?

Soyinka: You can never tell, but when it’s there, you know (Laughs).

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