The SMP is excited to invite you to the launch of a  thrilling new book The Spirit of Malawi which filters the stories and amplifies the vibrant voices of  Malawians of today, challenging reductive clichés in an honest, respectful and affectionate reflection of daily life here in Malawi.

Date – Thursday 25th February

Time – 6PM UK time/ 8PM Malawi Time

The writer and journalist Susan Dalgety a longstanding friend of the Scotland Malawi Partnership is the author of The Spirit of Malawi, Published by Luath Press, The Spirit of Malawi can be ordered here.

Fascinating insights into the creation of the book from its author and some of the Malawians whose stories feature in it will be included at this lively virtual event.

 There will also be the chance to win prizes – including a bottle of the famous Malawi gin and a signed copy of the book. Click here to book your ticket

About the book:

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, where the majority of its 18 million population live on less than £300 a year, one million people have HIV/AIDS and more than half of children don’t even finish primary school.

In The Spirit of Malawi, Susan Dalgety explores contemporary Malawi through the voices of its people, like Wezi Mzumara, who dreams of Malawi becoming the fashion capital of Africa and Alexander Galimoto, wrongfully imprisoned in the country’s most notorious prison.

Beautifully observed, this book looks behind the well-worn clichés of sub-Saharan Africa and explores how people really live, from the joy – and pain – of childbirth, to old age and death. Ultimately, Malawi’s story is of hope.

“Susan Dalgety succeeds in shining new light on Malawi’s state and prospects through the testimony of its people whose opinions, experiences and indeed lives matter very greatly.” Dr Peter West, Scottish Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi.

Read the Scotsman’s review of the book.

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