Helon Habila

Cindy Seip

Nigerian-born poet, short story writer, novelist, and publisher Helon Habila’s books include the short story collection Prison Stories, the novels Waiting for an Angel: A Novel – which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book (Africa Region) – Measuring Time, and the bestseller Oil on Water, an environmental political thriller. Habila has also edited several anthologies, including the British Council; New Writing; Dreams, Miracles and Jazz; and The Granta Book of the African Short Story. He is on the board of the Africa Writers Trust, an organization dedicated to promote African writers and writing, and – with Parresia Books – has started a publishing company, Cordite Books, which is dedicated to publishing African crime and detective stories.