Ngugi Defence Committee

Collection Ref No.:

GB 2904 NDC

Date range:

Jun 1977-Dec 1978

Description

Leading Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o was arrested in Nairobi in December 1977. The Pan African Association of Writers and Journalists, based in London, set up the Ngugi Defence Committee. They were joined by John La Rose, Pat Haward and a number of other activists based in Britain and worked alongside Amnesty International, who had declared Ngugi a Prisoner of Conscience. They all remained active until Ngugi was released in December 1978.

This collection includes an international petition to free Ngugi, press cuttings about the arrest and detention of Ngugi and a selection of letters written during the campaign. It also includes literary reviews of Petals of Blood, which was published just months before Ngugi was detained.

Admin history:

Leading Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o was arrested in Nairobi in December 1977. The Pan African Association of Writers and Journalists, based in London, set up the Ngugi Defence Committee.  They were joined by John La Rose, Pat Haward and a number of other activists based in Britain and worked alongside Amnesty International, who had declared Ngugi a Prisoner of Conscience. They all remained active until Ngugi was released in December 1978.
 
This collection includes an international petition to free Ngugi, press cuttings about the arrest and detention of Ngugi and a selection of letters written during the campaign. It also includes literary reviews of Petals of Blood, which was published just months before Ngugi was detained.

Custodial History:

This collection has been gifted to the George Padmore Institute by Pat Haward, who was Secretary to the Ngugi Defence Committee.