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Jack Mapanje

Jack MapanjeJack Mapanje, a Malawian poet, linguist, editor and human rights activist, was formerly head of the English department, University of Malawi, where he was imprisoned on 25 September 1987 by the dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda of Malawi for three years, seven months, sixteen days and more than twelve hours for his dissenting views and radical poetry. Upon his release on 10 May 1991 he went into exile with his family in the UK. He has published five books of poetry, edited one anthology of African prison writing and co-edited two anthologies of African oral and written poetry and an African writers’ handbook.

For his academic achievement, contribution to poetry and human rights he is a recipient of the 1988 Rotterdam Poetry International Award, honorary doctor of the University of Stirling, the 2002 African Literature Association (USA) Fonlon-Nichols Award and Fellow of University College London.

Mapanje was a visiting scholar at the University of York; taught literature and creative writing in the School of English, Leeds University and the School of English, Newcastle University; he has held research and writers’ residencies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands; University College Cork, the Republic of Ireland; St Anthony’s College, Oxford University; The Open University, Milton Keynes; Warwick University, Coventry; and Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria. He is currently visiting professor in the faculty of arts, York St John University.


And Crocodiles are hungry at night

The last of the sweet bananas

Beasts of Nalunga