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Lawrence Darmani is a Ghanaian novelist and publisher. His first novel, Grief Child, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, as best first book from Africa. He is editor of Step magazine, and CEO of Step Publishers. He is married and lives in Accra.

An interview with Teju Cole, who will be visiting Norwich on the 20th June:

Caine prize won by Tope Folarin's 'utterly compelling' short story

Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favorably with authors like Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. His book The Famished Road won the Booker Prize in 1991.

Alaa Al Aswany (May 26, 1957) is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya. Aswany attended Le Lycée Français in Cairo and received a bachelor's degree in dental and oral medicine at Cairo University. He went on to pursue a master's degree in dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He speaks Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

GOG! 2008 guest author, Helon Habila. "'Helon Habila writes with intelligence and admirable narrative economy. Measuring Time, his disturbing tale of brotherhood, mixed fortunes, famine, bigotry and history in rural Nigeria, is elegant, and heartfelt, and commanding." by Jim Crace (clic pic to his website)