"Bridging the Gap" | Ayesha Harruna Attah

Award-winning author, Ghanaian author, Ayesha Harruna Attah takes us on a sonic journey using the the music of Mayra Andrade, Les Nubian, Sampa The Great, Nina Simone, Salif Keita and so much more to discuss the phenomena of being ‘possessed’ by a character, the perceived intuitive freedom that MFA courses offer writers, the realities of accessing the world of poublishing as an African writer living on the continent, and the joys of working closely with Ayi Kwei Armah in discovering and translating a 3000 year old Hieroglyphic Egyptian love story into multiple african languages. Visit AyeshaAttah.com ot learn more about her work.

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Ayesha Harruna Attah’s bibliography


-     Saturday Shadows (Per Ankh Publisher)

-     Harmattan rain

-     The Hundred Wells of Salaga

-     The Deep Blue between

Books published as part of project that translates Hieroglyphics to multiple African languages:

-     Sanhat

-     Smi n skhty pn: Multilingual Translation of a 4000 year old African Love Story (also known as The eloquent peasant) translated by Ayi Kwei Armah, Ayeesha Harruna Attah et al.

-     Skhmkht Ea: On Love Sublime- A Multilingual Translation of an African Love Poem.

-     The instructions of Ptahhotep

Books discussed and referenced in this episode:


-     One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

-     Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby

-     New Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby

-     The Eloquence of the Scribes: A memoir on the sources and resources of African Literature - Ayi Kwei Armah

-     Two Sisters – Ama Ata Aidoo

-     Woman who runs with the wolves: Myth and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

-     Bird by Bird – Anne Lamont.

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