Namecheck: Nigerian prizewinner

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of  Americanah, appearing at the 'Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Thursday 11 April , 2013
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah, appearing at the 'Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Thursday 11 April , 2013

SHEFFIELD book lovers will have the chance to hear one of the world’s finest writers on a rare visit to the UK from Nigeria when Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, pictured below, comes to the Showroom to promote her new novel Americanah.

The Nigerian’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and her second, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Americanah is a story of love and race centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who flee the military dictatorship in their homeland but face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they move to, the USA and the UK.

After years apart they return to Africa to face the toughest decisions of their lives.

Tickets for the Off the Shelf event on Thursday, April 11, at £8.50/£7 are now on sale.

Cynthia joins Fund

ONE of two new members appointed to the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber Committee is Cynthia Wainwright, former Head of Development at The Hepworth in Wakefield who lives in Sheffield.

Responsible for making decisions on regional applications to the Fund from £100,000 to £2m, the committee is supported by the regional HLF team for Yorkshire and the Humber based in Leeds.

Wainwright was appointed because of her expertise in the arts and cultural sector which has seen her working for leading institutions including Tate and the British Library.

She has worked as a development and marketing professional since relocating to the UK from California in 1995. As Head of Development at The Hepworth Wainwright was part of the founding senior management team responsible for the gallery’s opening in 2011. While there, she spearheaded the fundraising campaign to complete the gallery building and secured substantial funding for its learning, outreach, exhibition and collections programmes.

Prior to this she spent seven years at Tate working on ambitious fundraising campaigns in support of its collection and exhibitions, as well as the capital campaigns for Tate Britain’s renovation and Tate Modern’s extension.

“Having experience in the arts and cultural sector for the past decade, I am passionate about ensuring and widening the benefits it can bring to our communities,” said Wainwright. “Now, with this new role at the Heritage Lottery Fund, I am looking forward to bringing many transferable skills to the heritage sector. In Sheffield, a city that I’ve known for 15 years, the transformative effect of heritage funding can clearly be seen. I’m excited to get involved in the sheer variety of projects that can be funded and seeing the difference that HLF can make across the region.”