Jack Mapanje 




Jack Mapanje 

* 25.03.1944, Mangochi, Malawi
Réside à: York, Royaume-Uni

Jack Mapanje was born on March 25, 1944 in Mangochi, Malawi geboren. He studied Englisch and Education in Malawi and England and in 1983 received his PhD in Lingusitics from the University College London. In 1975, he joined the Department of English at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, where he later was appointed Head of the Department of English.

His first collection of poems, Of Chameleons and Gods, was published in the U. K. in 1981 and where soon withdrawn from bookshops, libraries and all instutitions of learning in Malawi. Mapanje was imprisoned without trial or charge by the Malawian government in 1987, and although many writers, linguists and human rights activists campaigned for his release, he was not freed until 1991. Mapanje went into exile in Great Britain.

Today Mapanje lives in York and teaches at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Besides being a poet and working as a lecturer Mapanje also is an editor. In 2002 he, f. e., released Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing.

  • Of Chameleons and Gods

    (African Writers Series)

    London: Heinemann Educational, 1981

  • The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison

    (African Writers Series)

    London: Heinemann Educational, 1993

  • Skipping without Ropes

    Gwynedd: Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 1998

  • The Last of the Sweet Bananas: New & Selected Poems

    Gwynedd: Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 2004

  • Beasts of Nalunga

    Gwynedd: Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 2007

  • Of chameleons and gods / Und Gott ward zum Chamäleon

    Gedichte. Deutsch und Englisch

    Übersetzt aus dem Englischen von Helmuth A. Niederle und Jürgen Strasser

    Klagenfurt / Celovec: Drava Verlag, 2008

  • 1988 Rotterdam International Poetry Award

  • 1990 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award

  • 2002 African Literature Association Fonlon-Nichols Award (USA)