The Memoir Issue

This idea about the "memoir" issue came about after two of us went to the book launch of "One Day I Will Write About This Place" by the Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. How great it was to hear stories about his childhood and hear him field questions about the biographical. In African literature, like in the work of Tsitsi Dangarembga or Chimemanda Ngozi childhood stories bring issues which many people can relate to and which speak about other, more everyday and shared, ideas of history which we think almost all of us born on the African continent can relate to in some ways - classics like Chris van Wyk, Richard Rive, Es'kia Mphahlele, you name them, make us laugh and cry remembering growing up under apartheid.

We think these similarities draw us together but also convey a much more layered history of politics in all parts of the world. This that has led us to create an edition on the "memoir" where we ask people to share their memories with us. We asked people for stories or drawings, fragments of thoughts, accepting anything which was submitted.