Friday, November 10, 2017

Maynooth University Library Online Book Launch - Silence Would be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa

Today, the 10th of November marks the 22nd anniversary of the execution of the Ogoni Nine in 1995. At that time I was working at Dublin City University and remember vividly television footage of  the protests outside the Nigerian Embassy in Dublin and Shell's Dublin  Headquarters in the lead up to the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues. Sister Majella McCarron (OLA), Ogoni Solidarity Ireland, Amnesty International and Trócaire and many more people and organisations campaigned to save  the lives of the Ogoni Nine.

On the 16th anniversary of that event, I was privileged to  be involved with the handover, to Maynooth University Library, of the death row letters of Saro-Wiwa to Sister Majella.  The letters (smuggled out of military detention in breadbaskets)  were subsequently edited by myself (Helen Fallon, Íde Corley (Department of English, Maynooth University) and Laurence Cox (Department of Sociology, Maynooth University) and published as
Silence Would be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa.  

The ebook  new and expanded edition of Silence Would be Treason will be launched by Sister Majella McCarron at 4 p.m. on Tuesday 14 November,  following the Ken Saro-Wiwa Seminar which commences at 2 pm.  Please join us for either or both events. 
To book e-mail or telephone 01-7086445

This revised and expanded volume contains a new introduction and an additional chapter by myself and Dr Anne O'Brien (Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University), on the Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive.  This is an open access collection of interviews with people connected to Ken Saro-Wiwa and his ideals.
The new edition also has many additional photographs, two of  of which are displayed below.  All images are copyright Maynooth University Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive

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Chick here to access the Ken Saro-Wiwa Library Guide

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