04 May BM’s IN MEMORIAM
BOTSWANA’S BESSIE AMELIA EMERY HEAD – 1937 – 1986
Better known as Bessie Head was born in South Africa but by a funny twist of fate and circumstances, is considered Botswana’s most influential writer. She wrote novels, short fiction and autobiographical works.
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MOZAMBIQUE’s SEBASTIAO ALBA – 1940 – 2000
Read up about the sad tale of this Portugese poet born in Braga but who lived a larger part of his life in the Portugese colony of Mozambique. According to Wikipedia (which I highly doubt their sources sometimes), he was a journalist in Mozambique and published three books of poetry before his decline occasioned by alcoholism. During the last period of his life, he was believed to have written poems and texts on scrap papers, napkinswhich have been posthumously compiled in a book called “Albas” edited in 2003.