This new book of poetry and short stories, by South Sudanese writer David Dedi, offers a sincere (and often breathtaking) glimpse into the life in East Africa. At times offering sweet memories from his own childhood in South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, and at others bringing forth the harsh realities faced by those in exile.
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David Dedi, the poet and writer, was born in the town of Yei, South Sudan, in the early eighties following the onset of the Second Sudanese Civil War. His family fled the country, and he enrolled in school and obtained most of his primary and secondary education in Uganda and Kenya. He graduated with a BA in Anthropology and History from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has been writing poetry and short stories since his high school years at Maseno School, Kenya.
He says as a young boy, he was captivated by African novels especially Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart and A man of the People; they inspired him into becoming a poet, author and scholar. His poems have since been published online and performed to great acclaim from different audiences in Canada. Borrowing Fire was his first published book.