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Amnesty Event precedes Human Rights Day

Friday, 28 October, 2011

Author and poet Jack Mapanje in conversation with Gillian Slovo

Jack Mapanje

On Thursday 8 December, Malawian-born writer and poet Jack Mapanje will be in conversation with author and current President of English PEN Gillian Slovo, to mark the launch of Mapanje’s new memoir ‘And Crocodiles Are Hungry At Night’.

The event will be hosted by Amnesty International UK, English PEN and Jack’s publishers Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd at Amnesty’s London headquarters. Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen will give the opening address.

Jack Mapanje’s new book chronicles his imprisonment without charge in Malawi under former life President Banda. His imprisonment generated huge public outcry and garnered international support from leaders and organisations around the world, including PEN International and Amnesty International.

Considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience and elected as an Honorary Member of English PEN, Jack Mapanje was one of several men and women imprisoned in Malawi just for expressing their opinions.

Taking place just two days before international Human Rights Day, the London launch of ‘And Crocodiles Are Hungry At Night’ also marks the 20th anniversary of Jack Mapanje’s release from prison, the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, and the 90th anniversary of English PEN.

The event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To book visit www.amnesty.org.uk/events

Time: 6.30 for 7pm

Date: Thursday 8 December

Venue: Amnesty International
Human Rights Action Centre
17 – 25 New Inn Yard
Shoreditch
London EC2A 3EA

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