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Global Hands Publishing has been set up to provide the intellectual muscle to the development hands of our organisation. It seeks to publish a range of publications including poetry, novels and children's books. These publications are geared towards adding critical voices, especially Southern perspectives, to the development and globalisation debate.

If you'd be interested in having your work published by us, please fill out our book proposal form and attach in an email to publishing@global-hands.com

Gendered Voices From The Gambia

logo Gendered Voices From The Gambia

This book contributes to, and builds on the growing academies literature on gender. It draws on a number of Gambian works, mainly from female but also male authors, to analyse gender in contemporary Gambia fiction. It focuses on challenging the social construction of gender norms, inequality and abuse whilst analysing how gender norms and stereotypes are represented, reinforced or challenged in significant facets of Gambian literature. Through this analysis, it becomes evident that the gender identity of the author plays a role in the dedication of the female and male characters and their situatedness in Gambian society. Various themes are covered, offering a broad insight and something for everyone including; education, motherhood, female circumcision, power and decision making. It further explores male dominance, marriage, sex and sexuality, promiscuity and religion. A great insightful and thought provoking read for students, scholars and lay persons interested in African literature, gender studies and Gambian studies.


logo Journal of Critical Southern Studies

The Journal of Critical Southern Studies (JCSS) was recently founded as part of efforts to provide an authentic outlet for the promotion and representation of ’otherness’ through the lenses of Southern voices. The Journal’s foundational premise is anchored on Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ departure point that ’throughout the world there are practical alternatives to the current status quo of which, however, we rarely take notice, simply because such alternatives are not visible or credible to our ways of thinking.’ Part of the inability to ’take notice’ has been the fact that the Global South remains, to borrow from Santos, ’constituted as an intrinsically disqualified being.’ And so long as this continues, there will be dominance and suppression, the result of which would expand and consolidate what Upendra Baxi calls ’geographies of injustices.’

The Graveyard Cannot Pray

logo One man's battle to save his daughter from female circumcision

This book is an autobiographical account of one man’s struggle to save his daughter from FGM; a struggle that defies a harmful traditional practice and defective constructions of normality. Perhaps the first to articulate the battle against Female Genital Mutilation from an African male perspective, The Graveyard Cannot Pray throws into sharp relief four interconnected phenomena: the conflict between an older and younger generation of Africans; the communal nature of conflict and conflict resolution among the Futa Fulani; the Fulani notion of son-hood, and the potential complications that arise when the sanctity of tradition is stood in opposition to the sanctity of faith. How does a concerned young father protect his innocent little daughter from the most revered tradition of his people, and against the will of his own father? Here, a family conflict becomes the subject of a communal conflict resolution mechanism that reveals aspects of the mind of the Fulani elder and the workings of Fulani community values that only a native Fulani may discern. Ultimately, The Graveyard Cannot Pray heralds the victory of reason over the human proclivity for blind cultural mimesis.

logo Dr. Baba G. Jallow earned a BA in History and Political Science from Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone. Before going to the U.S. as a political exile in 2000, Baba was editor of the Daily Observer and Founder Editor and CEO of The Independent newspaper in his native Gambia. In the U.S. he attended graduate school at Rutgers University, New Jersey where he earned an MA in Liberal Studies in 2005. In 2006, he was admitted into the doctoral program in History at the University of California, Davis where he earned a PhD in 2011. His research interests include the history of colonial and postcolonial Africa, censorship in Africa, Islam in North West Africa, and Catholics and Social Justice in Ghana. He is currently Assistant Professor of African History at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

Preface by Dr. Isatou Touray, Executive Director of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practoces Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP).

Innocent Questions

A collection Of Poems

A very personal anthology drawn from over two decades of musings, Innocent Questions explores a range of pertinent issues with a complex simplicity that is dramatic and mesmerising; from the dreams of an African school boy to the frustrations of a consummate professional in Babylon. Sallah speaks further afield and gives voice to a continent, the frustrations, the anger, the realities and the constant struggle for balancing hope.

logo Dr. Momodou Sallah was born in Gambia and has progressed from a red cross volunteer, youth leader and mentor to published academic and senior lecturer in Youth and Community Development at De Montfort University. He currently resides in Leicester, UK with his family.

A Harvest of Gambian Lines

logo An Anthology of Poems

Preface by Dr. Tijan M. Sallah renowned African poet and review by Professor Mbye Cham.

Are you hungrily looking for poems that envision multiplication of hope until it dispels grief and return the lost exuberant pride, making you see the world beyond the physical sense, where the seed of peace germinates, break into leaf to line the walls of selfhood and faith that must not tumble? A Harvest of Gambian Lines will fill you up. This is not just another poetry anthology. It is one that demonstrates what happens when writers dedicate their writing to socio-political and economic changes; and at the same time devote themselves, as artists, to the art of their poems and to the ideals they embody. Situated within a mounting catalogue of anthologies, this one is concerned with issues facing many people living in Africa: debt, religiosity, poverty, venality of rulers and the desire for a better life interwoven with themes of martyrdom, betrayal and threat to innocence. These poets bear witness to the interior landscape of the cellular workshop of their very beings; they examine the personal worlds of invented personae and, therefore, of other human beings. They know not only how to fine-tune a poem, but also how to provide the right blend of sound, image, and torque to make it move without a trace of mawkishness.

Harrow: London Poems of Convalescence

logo A unique, new collection of poems in noted Gambian writer's poetic works.

Simple, reflective, and in rhymes, they depart from the poet's usual free verse. The poems deal with the near-death experience of a pedestrian hit by a car in London, and the agony of pain while recovering, and the magic of healing. The poems are a catharsis. They are poems, as the poet himself notes, "of looking up when you are down." In an essay titled, "Poetry as Therapy," in a recent book of critical perspectives on Tijan M. Sallah's works, Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works of the Gambia, edited by Nigerian professor Wumi Raji, Enajite E. Ojaruega, a Nigerian critic, notes, "The Harrow poems will remain unique in Tijan M. Sallah's poetic career. It is poetry geared toward a private function, quite unlike his other poems, which either extol Gambian Wolof values or criticize American racism and materialism. These are poems tied to a specific traumatic incident and meant to get him out of the bad situation of having his broken bones healed. ...It is a series of poems that will continue to stand out for their beauty, their craft and, above all, their therapeutic function." "Th(ese) poem (s) showcase... Sallah at his best when he entertains as he philosophizes" --Tanure Ojaide "Admired as a poet; appreciated as a comrade." --Nadine Gordimer About the Author Tijan M. Sallah is the Gambia's most famous living poet and one of Africa's most significant writers. His works has appeared in several major African poetry and short story anthologies. Professor Wumi Raji of Nigeria's Obafemi Awolowo University recently edited a book of critical perspectives on his writings published by Cambria Press titled, "Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works from the Gambia." Sallah is a Ph.D- trained economist and works for the World Bank.