The International Agatha Christie Festival presents a talk by Hawa Jande Golakai

  • Torre Abbey Museum
  • August 24
  • 14:00 - 15:30
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A writer’s talk with IACF resident artist Hawa Jande Golakai (Liberia), reading from and discussing her books and writing.


Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Hawa Jande Golakai spent a vibrant childhood in Liberia. After the civil war in 1990 she bounced around the continent. Having lived in several countries, she considers herself a modern-day nomad and cultural sponge. Her 2011 debut The Lazarus Effect was thrice nominated and she is a laureate of the Africa39 Project, celebrating 39 of the most promising contemporary authors under the age of 40 on the continent.

In addition to her second novel The Score, she has featured for the BBC, Brittle Paper, Books LIVE SA, The Guardian UK, Commonwealth Anthology, Ankara Press, The Elephant and others. She is the winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper award for her creative non-fiction essay Fugee. She is also a medical immunologist and with her son, lives between Monrovia and anywhere else she finds herself.

Free event, booking required. Please email to or call 01803 293593. 

Read Hawa’s award-winning essay Fugee published by Granta (2016).

Read The Guardian interview with Hawa Jande Golakai discussing her first crime novel, The Lazarus Effect (2011).

Hawa Jande Golakai’s residency has been organised in association with Edinburgh International Book Festival and with the support of the Colwinston Charitable Trust.