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Life Writing Seminar Series - Ole Birk Laursen (Open)

Date:02 March 2010, 5:00pm to
02 March 2010, 6:30pm
Location:Room JG1004, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus

Life Writing Seminar Series

All are welcome; booking is not required.

Speakers

  • Ole Birk Laursen (Open), ‘“We Only Have This Culture to Go On”: Contemporary Black and Asian British Women’s Life Writing’
  • Ola Rhodes (Kingston), ‘The Tribe of One: A Memoir-in-Progress’

About the Speakers

Ole Birk Laursen is a third-year doctoral student in the English Department at the Open University, where he is doing research on black and Asian British women’s life writing. He has organised the Inter-University Postcolonial Seminar Series, held at the IES this Spring, and the Open University Postgraduate conference, ‘Reading Conflict’, also the be held at the IES in the summer of 2010. He is Database Assistant on the AHRC-funded project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’, he is on the PSA Postgraduate Conference Committee and Postgraduate Representative of the European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. He has an article on black British trauma narratives forthcoming in EnterText.

Ola Danielle Rhodes was born in Mile End hospital in England and raised in Ilford, Essex until the age of twelve when, like many children of African descent, she was taken back to Nigeria to continue her education. She returned to England at the age of seventeen and later that year got on a bus to Ex Yugoslavia where she lived for three months. Her return to England was short-lived due to what she describes as the Thatcher, Minogue and Donovan triangle of evil that was prevalent in nineteen eighties Britain, and she spent the next seven years living and working in Italy. On her return to England in the late nineties, Ola joined an acting agency and enjoyed roles at the Royal Court, the Globe theatre and BBC radio 4. Ola has been a creative writing student at Kingston University since 2004 and graduated from her BA with Honours. Her short story ‘God City’ was published in Ripple Magazine in 2009 by the Kingston University press. Ola is currently taking a gap year from her Master’s degree to finish writing her first full length book called The Tribe of One, which is a memoir about first seventeen years of her life. It can be described as a controversial book because of its in-depth and brutally honest look into the corruption that pervades Nigerian society. The Tribe of One is also an homage to Ola’s late Mother Sherifat Oladunni, who lived and worked with great success in England for over twenty years, yet five years after returning to Nigeria died in mysterious circumstances at the age of forty nine, leaving her only child Ola, to tell the story of how returning to one’s, so called, roots is not always the best answer.

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