The 22nd Nights of Ink literary festival took place between March 12 and April 15 in the Walloon Province of Brabant, central Belgium. Now Nights of Ink is headed for Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan.
The festival, which promotes Francophone authors, will featureJean-Claude Kangomba and Genevieve Damas. Kangomba is a Congolese author and doctor of languages and letters at the University of Liege. He has published several novels and was awarded the Williams Sassine literary prize in 2006 for the collective opera Le Camp des Innocents.
He has written or supervised numerous scientific papers on African and Belgian literature. He is a scientific attache of Archives et Musee de la Litterature a Bruxelles and hosts literary events at Maison du livre de Saint-Gilles in Brussels.
Damas is a Belgian comedian, scenographer, author and translator. After obtaining a law degree, she studied comedy at l’Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD). In 1998, she founded the theater company Compagnie Albertine in Brussels. She has written and acted in a number of plays, and her awards include le Prix litteraire du Parlement de la Communaute Francaise de Belgique in 2007.
Her first novel, Si tu Passes la Riviere, received the Victor Rossel Award in 2011, le Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie? 2012 and Plume d’Or for debut novels in 2012. Histoire d’un Bonheur, published in 2014, is a finalist for Prix des Lyceens de la Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles in 2015.
Kangomba and Damas will hold lectures on November 13 at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Kangomba will speak on Francophone literature of Sub-Saharan Africa from 8 to 10 am. Damas will hold a writing workshop between 5 and 7 pm at the same school.