Step back in time to Tanzania with authors, Farida Somjee and Mallee Stanley as they read from their novels both set in the 60s and 70s. Farida’s novel, The Beggar’s Dance tells the story of a beggar seen through the eyes of an African child. Mallee’s novel, Slow Poison (awaiting its final edit) is about an Ismaili child, Aliya, fascinated with her Dada’s peti.
Thursday May 12, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. Wings Pub & Grill 6879 Kingsway Burnaby. A Burnaby Writers’ Society workshop session begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Spoken INK readings at 8 p.m
Mallee Stanley has been writing for the last fifteen years. She has completed two novels; her first set in India, Sri Lanka and Ireland and her second mainly in Tanzania. Both are presently going through the editing process. She is currently working on a third set in Uganda and a fourth set in New Zealand and Australia.
Having spent years in several of these countries, her novels have a similar thread running through them: how a government policy dramatically changes the lives of an ordinary family living in the country.
Farida Somjee was born in Mbeya, Tanzania. She grew up in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Many of her childhood memories resonate with her and come across in her writing. She moved to Canada in her late teens with twenty dollars in her pocket, a lot of dreams and God on her side. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and son. The Beggar’s Dance is her first novel.
Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers’ Society on the second Thursday of each month (except July and August).