Nandi Jola : The history of the Black Atlantic

Wednesday 23th March

Nandi Jola reflects on the history of Black Atlantic, as she looks at the relationship between British Colonial rule and South Africa. Her talk will reflect on world wars, post memory, theft and trauma.


She will conclude her talk with a poetry reading from her debut poetry collection, Home Is Neither Here Nor There, published by Doire Press. Copies of which will be available to buy at the event.

Nandi lived in South Africa under the apartheid regime until she was 21, when she moved to Northern Ireland, where she has been active in the arts community as a writer, schools ambassador, artist and facilitator. In 2010, she founded the ‘nandijproject’, with the intention to tackle women trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has participated in public performance and discussion with fellow writer Raquel McKee and has explored the place of performance writers in the field of artistic practice and public arts. She has been involved with the Irish Writers Centre XBorders project, Same/Difference project, the Poetry Jukebox and is part of the Sky, You Are Too Big poetry collective. Nandi managed the ‘Home neither here nor there’ exhibition at Stormont in May 2013. She is a founding member of the She-Wolf theatre collective and “The Journey”, a one woman play of monologues and dance, directed by Jo Egan of MACHA Productions, opened the 2020 International Literature Festival, Dublin.

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