‘Leaves From The Cotton Tree’

Novelists, journalists and diplomats since 1948 have recounted Sierra Leone as a scene of sorrowful mysteries. In July 2022, The  Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership will launch ‘Leaves From The Cotton Tree’ into that literary canon created by authors such as Graham Greene, Aminatta Fornah, Ismail 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”.


‘ Leaves From The Cotton Tree’ will be available on this website shortly. Pre-order your copy at the link below.

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