07-11 September 2016

Open Book Festival

06-10 September2017

Michela Wrong

michela wrong

Michela Wrong has spent nearly two decades writing about Africa. As a Reuters correspondent based in first Cote d’Ivoire and former Zaire, she covered the turbulent events of the mid 1990s, including the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko and Rwanda’s post-genocide period. She then moved to Kenya, where she became the Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. In 2014 she was appointed literary director of the Miles Morland Foundation, which funds a range of African literary festivals and a scholarship scheme for African writers. She is a trustee of Human Rights Watch Africa, the Africa Research Institute and the NGO Justice Africa.

In 2000 she published her first non-fiction book, In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, the story of Mobutu. Her second non-fiction work, I didn’t do it for you, focused on the Red Sea nation of Eritrea. Her third, It’s Our Turn to Eat, tracks the story of Kenyan whistleblower John Githongo. Borderlines is her first novel.

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