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This section will feature articles, press releases, interviews and special tips and workshop features from the Ebony Reads 100 Authors.

ER 100 Author Buchi Emecheta

Having written over 20 novels, including numerous children’s books, there is no doubt that Buchi Emecheta is the most prolific and prominent Black woman writer in Britain today. Over her 34 year writing career she has written a variety of books (including nine novels located in Africa) and essays and won numerous awards. She has had a film made about her life and has a street named after her in the London Borough of Lambeth.

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ER 100 Author Helon Habila

Helon Habila graduated from the University of Jos where he read literature. He embarked on a career in journalism where he became literary editor for the Nigerian newspaper ‘Vanguard’. In 2001, he won the Caine prize for African Writing with his story, ‘Love Poems’. He came to national attention with his novel, ‘Waiting For An Angel’ He is currently a writing fellow at the University of East Anglia.

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Helon Habila’s tips for writers: In 28 words:

Read a lot, find a good model or mentor and follow their footsteps, don’t expect success too quickly, keep a journal, be disciplined.

ER 100 Author Ngozi Adiche

Debut novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie exudes confidence and warmth rather like the earthy tones she is dressed in. She has much to say about politics, the situation of African women and writing, which is good.

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ER 100 Author Bernadine Evaristo

“I always wanted to be an actress, and I was. But I began writing for theatre while I was at drama school because we were encouraged to create our own theatre. My plays were in the form of dramatic poems, again not intentionally. So the writing and poetry evolved unexpectedly...”

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More Ebony Reads Author Interviews

Actress and Author Rani Singh helps to launch Ebony Reads

Rani Singh, Author and Journalist Singh attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree and Middlesex University where she took a BA in Performance Arts.

Best remembered for her role in EastEnders, Singh divides herself between acting, writing and conducting workshops.

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Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah launches Ebony Reads

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Playwright and Author Kwame is known to BBC’s Casualty viewers everywhere as Finlay Newton. He got his big break at 20, when he auditioned for a play in London’s famous West End. He got the part and has never looked back. He’s also been in Daylight with Sylvester Stallone and Cut Throat Island.

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