Meet writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on 18 April 2011 in Amsterdam

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will give a reading of 30 minutes, after which she will sit and talk with Guido Snel. What is her vision on Europe?

Meet her Monday 18 April 2011, 8 PM - 10 PM in SPUI25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The European Cultural Foundation has teamed up with SPUI25 and the University of Amsterdam in organising a series of five debates within the framework of Narratives for Europe.

The series brings together ten prominent writers, historians and philosophers from Europe and elsewhere, who will discuss the Europe of today, yesterday and tomorrow.

Narratives are the unifying elements of European history. They connect and explain crucial events and bring them to life. By doing so, they give us the tools we need to understand the complex world in which we live.

But to really understand the “larger” European narrative, we need context. How did people in Europe view their own present, past and future at various times and in various places? How did people outside Europe view Europe? And who are telling today's stories and how are they telling them? And if a new future is appearing on the horizon, what kind of Europe and whose Europe will that be?

These questions will be the focus of the third event in the debate series on 18 April 2011, with the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -winner of the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction- moderated by Guido Snel.

Monday 18 April 2011, 8 PM - 10 PM in SPUI25, Amsterdam
Admission is free but please register beforehand via

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to 5th Estate in 2009 about her short story collection "The Thing around your Neck".

And if you have never read some of her work here is her story "My Mother, the Crazy African", which I found on Tumblr

Also see the post about her Ted Talk: Author Chimamanda Adichie on why we need black stories (The danger of a single story)


  1. Thanks for the heads-up on this event. Unfortunately, I won't be in Amsterdam at the time, but will definitely pass the news on. Also: I highly recomment her TEDtalk "The Danger of a Single Story".

  2. uncagedbirds, thanks for the tip! I wrote a post about this video, but I forgot adding it to this post. I've added the link now.

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