Eric Ngalle Charles

One of Jackie Kay’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“His voice reaches out across the divides, across the lands, from Cameroon, to Russia to the UK taking it all in.’”

Jackie Kay


Eric Ngalle Charles is a story-teller par-excellence with many tales to tell, a unique theatrical voice.

Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian writer, poet, playwright, and human rights activist based in Wales. He was awarded the Creative Wales Award 2017/2018 for his work on the topics of migration, trauma, and memory. In his autobiography I, Eric Ngalle: One Man’s Journey Crossing Continents from Africa to Europe (2019), he recounts his journey to Europe, where he spent several years seeking refuge. He sits on the boards of Literature Wales and Aberystwyth Arts Centre Advisory Group and begins his PhD at King’s College London in October 2021

Read an interview with Afridiziak Read an interview with Eric at Get The Chance Read an interview with Eric in Wales Arts Review

‘Eric Ngalle Charles is incomparable’ – Huw Thomas, BBC Wales arts correspondent

‘Eric Ngalle Charles has a unique theatre voice’ – Owen Sheer, Professor Creative writing, Swansea University

‘Eric Ngalle Charles is amazingly talented’’ – Jon Gower, Lecturer Swansea University

‘Eric Ngalle Charles is naturally gifted’ – Greg Lewis, Bafta Award Winner

‘We are proud to have a voice as that of Eric Ngalle Charles here in Wales’ – Menna Elfyn

‘We are thrilled to be publishing the moving and inventive poems of Eric Ngalle Charles in 2022″. Amy Wack Poetry Editor Seren

“Eric Ngalle Charles’ memory is enchanting; his narrative voice is his wand. With both, he weaves magic. We are excited about publishing his memoir, I Eric Ngalle, in Africa.” Amarachukwu Chimeka CEO Purple Shelves Publishing

”Eric is a bridge-builder. He celebrates his own culture, offers his own country’s stories to us – but he also takes pleasure in our culture and lends his ears to us as well to hear our stories.” Myrddin, CEO Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

“Eric has contributed so much, and galvanaised so many people already through his poetry, memoir and drama. I am thrilled that he is starting his first novel with us at King’s College in September 2021.”” Ruth Padel. Professor of Poetry, Creative Writing, King’s College London.

For most African writers, breaking into the Nigerian Book Market is a dream come true. That I am doing it from Wales, in the diaspora, is an added bonus. I am forever grateful for the help I have received from you and others over the years. Today, I am enjoying fruits from this tree, however this was made possible by the number of people who helped water the roots along the way.



The 3 Molas

I, Eric Ngalle: One Man’s Journey Crossing Continents from Africa to Europe

Hiraeth Erzolirzoli: A Wales – Cameroon Anthology (2018)

Asylum (2016)

Soft Touch: v. 3: Refugees Writing in Wales 3 (2005)

Nobody’s Perfect: 2: Refugees Writing in Wales 2 (2004)

Between a Mountain and a Sea: Refugees Writing in Wales (2003)

Contact Eric






Handheld Events Ltd: Lyndy Cooke


Parthian Books: Richard Davies

Myrdin a Dafydd: Chief publicists Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

Amy Wack, poetry editor Seren Books

Amarachukwu Chimeka, CEO, Purple Shelves Publishing


Main image by Suzy Fernandez dos Santos.