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Wise Words - Rich Mix

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WISE Words, which takes place at Rich Mix from March 3 to March 9, 2008, celebrates International Women’s Week with a diverse line-up of novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, comics and musicians. The programme presents authors from Africa, America, Bangladesh, Britain and East London.

Marion Molteno – Monday, March 3 at 6:30pm. Free.

South African author Molteno discusses her re-launched novel A Shield of Coolest Air which is set among Somali refugees in London.

Brand Literary Magazine – Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30pm. Free.

Nina Rapi, Cherry Smyth, Alev Adil, Caroline Smith and Jennifer Farmer invite you to celebrate Brand, an exciting new literary magazine that specialises in the short form and strong international voices.

Cupcake Brown – Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30pm. Free.

African American writer Cupcake Brown arrives from the USA to discuss her memoir A Piece of Cake.

From beloved daughter to abused foster child to crack addict, this is a heart-wrenching true story of a woman who despite everything decided to fight back. Eventually she went to law school and became an attorney for one of the biggest law firms in America. Brown now travels widely speaking about her experiences to inspire others to make their dreams come true.

Tea and cupcakes will be served.

Joolz Denby Plus – Thursday, March 6 at 8:30pm. Tickets: £7/£5 concessions.

Apples and Snakes present an evening of pithy and thought provoking performance poetry led by Joolz Denby, and featuring Mab Jones and Realitie, with MC Steph Hernandez.

Comedy Night – Friday, March 7 at 8:30pm. Tickets: £10/£8 concessions.

A fantastic line-up of some of the best female comics in the country celebrating comedy writing at its most crucial, plus a couple of exploding Chinese violinists. Taking part will be Ninia Benjamin, CHi2, Nina Conti, Jo Enright, Shappi Khorsandi and Shazia Mirza.

Music Night – Saturday, March 8 at 8:30pm. Tickets: £10/£8 concessions.

This special concert celebrates International Women’s Day – given by singer/songwriter Sarah Jane Morris whose repertoire includes rock, blues, jazz and soul; plus a special short set from La Rouge, a very young all-girl rock group from East London.

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK) – Sunday, March 9 at 6:30pm. Free.

Four Bangladeshi women writers from BSK (The World Literature Centre) celebrate International Women’s Week – Tamima Anam whose first novel A Golden Age was published in 2007 to great acclaim; Shamim Azad, poet and story teller; Leesa Gazi performer, producer and director; and Khadija Rahmam, artist and writer.

For more information call 020 7375 0441 or visit Alternative Arts’ website.

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA.