The launch took place of the book ‘Leaves From the Cotton Tree’ on Friday 2nd September 2022. Scroll down to see the link to buy your copy for Eu 15.00.
It was a wonderful celebration of SLIP@30. It was very well attended by friends of SLIP from the many different connections over 30 years of the work of SLIP . We were honoured to have Salome Mgubua launch the book, Abass Kargbo reflect on it and Helen Fallon to read her poem, The Mango Sellers, which is printed in the book.
A sincere thanks to all who attended to celebrate with us, including the people who joined online. Also thanks for all the good wishes received from many invited guests who were unable to attend.
Martin Rowan Chairperson of SLIP at the book launch
Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwA- The Migrant Women’s Network Ireland launching ‘Leaves from the Cotton Tree’
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Novelists, journalists and diplomats since 1948 have recounted Sierra Leone as a scene of sorrowful mysteries. In September 2022, The Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership launched ‘Leaves From The Cotton Tree’ into that literary canon created by authors such as Graham Greene, Aminatta Forna, Ishmael Beah and our own Sinéad Walsh. This collection of thirty-seven essays, however, eschews the expectations of the tradition and opts to present the ties of joy and energy that bind Sierra Leone and Ireland. Its pages acknowledge the backdrop of tragedy but also chart lives lived happily, with deep emotional connection. It fits what Rebecca Solnit called “ the accretion of individual memory and sustenance, the maternal landscape of uneventful eventful routine”.