Off the Shelf
Jack Mapanje: And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night
Renowned Malawian writer, Jack Mapanje, was arrested, while drinking in a pub, for
his radical poetry. He was then imprisoned without trial or charge in 1987 by the
government of the then President-for-Life of Malawi, Kamuzu Banda. Amnesty
International was one of the organisations that campaigned for his immediate and
unconditional release as a prisoner of conscience.
As part of the 2015 Off the Shelf Festival award-winning writer, Kachi Ozumba,
author of the acclaimed incarceration novel, “The Shadow of a Smile”, has studied
under Mapanje. He will be discussing Mapanje’s prison memoir and situating it within
the corpus of African human rights and incarceration literatures.
This event, organised by the Sheffield Amnesty International Group, takes place on
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at 6.00 p.m. in the Quaker Meeting House, 10 St
James’ Street, Sheffield, S1 2EU. Free admission, but voluntary donations welcome.
Dr Kachi Ozumba teaches in the School of English, College of Arts and Humanities
, University of Bangor.
Alex Jagger, Chair, Sheffield Amnesty International Group:
Robin Story, Sheffield Amnesty International Group 0114 236 2251 or
After the event, will be the local Amnesty meeting so all welcome to stay and participate in human right actions.