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NII AYIKWEI PARKES

NII AYIKWEI PARKES

NII AYIKWEI PARKES

A 2007 recipient of Ghana’s ACRAG award, Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a writer and socio-cultural commentator. He is the author of the hybrid novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, which is translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Catalan and Japanese. Nii Ayikwei’s début book of poetry, The Makings of You (Peepal Tree) includes the poem Barter, which was used in the 2013 Poems on the Underground London series; his recent second, The Geez (Peepal Tree), was shortlisted for the Walcott Prize, and is a UK Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

He was founding director of the Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing in Accra, before taking his current role as Producer of Literature and Talks at Brighton Festival. Nii Ayikwei writes for children under the name K. P. Kojo and splits his time between Ghana and Europe, where he produces literature events and teaches.

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