Books & Rhymes, the podcast

Books & Rhymes, the podcast

www.booksandrhymes.com
Fall in love with reading while flipping the script with a musical twist on your favourite books. Join Sarah Ozo-Irabor as she takes you on a musical journey through the works of new and classic authors. Listen to an extended playlist of songs featured…


Confronting Erasure (Part Two): Lives of Great Men with Chike Frankie Edozien
Oct 7 • 68 min
In the concluding conversation on his memoir, Lives of Great Men, Chike Frankie Edozien offers greater depth into his career as a journalist in the United States of America (USA). We use a specially curated soundtrack as a musical backdrop to discuss…
Confronting Erasure (Part One): Lives of Great Men with Chike Frankie Edozien
Sep 30 • 62 min
Journalist and Lambda award winning author, Chike Frankie Edozien, offers an intimate portrait of his life in his memoir, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. We begin the discussion with Edozien’s reaction to the attention the…
In Search of History: House of Stone with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Sep 9 • 84 min
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma provides deeper context to her critically acclaimed novel, House of Stone – a sophisticated, philosophical and darkly humorous (re)telling of Zimbabwe’s history. We explore writing for a specific audience, censorship in Zimbabwean…
Postcolonial Trauma: A Small Silence with Jumoke Verissimo
Sep 9 • 65 min
Celebrated writer and poet, Jumoke Verrisimo, discuss the complexities of fictionalising personal pain in fiction, idealisation of mothers in Yoruba culture, the infliction of emotional traumas on loved ones as coping strategy for much deeper…
When Writing Begin to Sing: In dependence with Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Aug 14 • 62 min
In celebration of the 10th anniversary launch of In Dependence, Sarah Ladipo Manyika takes us through the musical landscape of th novel, Independence, a sweeping love story underpinned by pan-African post colonial politics. We use the playlist curated by…
Do What You Gotta Do: Caine Prize for African Writing
Jul 8 • 96 min
A special live episode recording with the shortlisted writers for the Caine Prize for African Writing, 2019: Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) ‘Skinned’, Meron Hadero (Ethiopia) ‘The Wall’, Cherrie Kandie (Kenya) for ‘Sew My Mouth’ Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti…
Dark Angel: My Sister The Serial Killer with Oyinkan Braithwaite
May 27 • 89 min
This week’s guest is Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister The Serial Killer, the critically acclaimed debut novel recently shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. We discuss her strategies for coping with criticisms, the importance of…
A Society Within: ‘Seeing’ Yourself in Literature with Saraiya Bah
May 15 • 69 min
I am joined by Saraiya Bah, a British poet and cultural producer of Sierra Leonian descent, whose work draws on the West African tradition of storytelling. In our discussion, Saraiya draws connections between Malcom X & Nas, Erykah Badu’s music &…
Emotional Landscape: ‘The Old Drift’ with Namwali Serpell
May 6 • 69 min
This episode is an absolute treat as Namwali Serpell, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, ‘The Old Drift’, She takes us on a musical journey through the 20 year period of writing the book, the problematic nature of literary prizes, the…
Episode 00: Introducing Books & Rhymes, the podcast
Apr 24 • 4 min
Welcome to Books and rhymes, the podcast that makes you fall in love with reading, whilst flipping the script with a musical twist on your favourite books. I invite guests to pair a book with a song or an album that sparks the same emotional connection.…