The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Book Tour - King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate in conversation with Lemn Sissay MBE
Tuesday 8th March 2016
The Huddersfield Literature Festival, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre, The Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH
One of Britain's best-loved poets and the great-nephew of Haile Selassie discuss their shared heritage of Ethiopia and the man who was its most famous emperor, Haile Selassie.
A descendant of King Solomon and an early proponent of African unity and independence, Selassie fought with the Allies in the Second World War and is considered a messiah by Rastafarians. A reformer and an autocrat, he was assassinated in a communist coup.
Lemn Sissay MBE is a celebrated poet, playwright, broadcaster and patron of the Huddersfield Literature Festival. Raised in care, he discovered his Ethiopian heritage as an adult.
Prince Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate is the author of King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Having spent his childhood in Ethiopia before fleeing the 1974 Revolution, he now lives in Germany, working as an author and corporate consultant.
Tickets, £3 / £1.50 concessions, can be purchased through the Festival website.