Gaile Parkin was born and raised in Zambia, and studied at universities in South Africa and England. She has lived in many different parts of Africa, including Rwanda, where Baking Cakes in Kigali is set. She is currently a freelance consultant in the fields of education, gender, and HIV/AIDS.
Her second novel, When Hoopoes Go To Heaven", will publish in the UK in Feb 2012.
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An Interview with Gaile Parkin, author of Baking Cakes in Kigali and When Hoopoes Go To Heaven
Lucy Hannau of lostinfiction.co.uk interviews bestselling author Gaile Parkin. Gaile Parkin was born and raised in Zambia and studied at universities in South Africa and England. She has lived in many different parts of Africa, including Rwanda, where Baking Cakes in Kigali is set. She spent two years in Rwanda as a VSO volunteer at the new university doing a wide range of work: teaching, mentoring, writing learning materials, working with the campus clinic to counsel students with HIV/AIDS, and doing gender advocacy and empowerment work. Evenings and weekends, she counselled women and girls who were survivors. Many of the stories told by the characters in Baking Cakes for Kigali are based on or inspired by stories Parkin was told herself. She is currently a freelance consultant in the fields of education, gender, and HIV/AIDS. Her books, Baking Cakes in Kigali and When Hoopoes Go To Heaven, are international best sellers.
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