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Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” is taken from the anthology. * As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the sea waves disturbeth him not. He raises his head like a tower on a hill, […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award recognizes a previously-unpublished short story of “up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2017 whose primary residence (ie resident for over six months of the year) has […]

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EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

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Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher and writer Achal Prabhala and Danai Mupotsa, who is a PhD in African Literature with the faculty. They will be discussing “How to Write About Everything.” The topic is a play on Binyavanga’s seminal 2006 essay […]

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On Cultural Constraints on Human Rights | Interview with Farah Ahamed, Winner of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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Days ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the twelve writers and photographers shortlisted for the Gerald Kraak Award. The interviews were conducted by their editor, Gaamangwe Joy Mogami. We are republishing some of them. * Farah Ahamed is a short fiction writer. Her stories have been published […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of Authors, the £30,000 award is the richest in the world for a single short story. Shortlisted authors take home £1,000. The prize considers only stories up to 6,000 words written in English by authors previously published in […]

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On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

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It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story is not a story. A short story is an abridged novel. There is always a novel latent in every short story. And it prevents the short story from exhibiting what Oyeyemi calls “faith in storytelling.” A […]

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Tsitsi Dangaremgba to Teach Master Classes at Durban International Film Festival

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Tsitsi Danganrembga, the renowned Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker who gave us the groundbreaking novel Nervous Conditions, will be teaching master classes at the Durban International Film Festival’s FilmMart 2017, on the adaptation of literature to film. Her lecture is titled “From Novel To Script,” and after it, she will be in conversation with Busisiwe Ntintili. […]

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Africa in Dialogue Publishes e-Book of Gerald Kraak Award Interviews

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Gaamangwe Mogami, editor of Africa in Dialogue, has curated interviews with the twelve writers and photographers shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award. The interviews—with Farah Ahamed, Beyers de Vos, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Dilman Dila, Justin Dingwall, Amatesiro Dore, Tania Haberland, Julia Hango, Dean Hutton, Otosirieze Obi-Young, Olakunle Ologunro, Ayodele Sogunro and Sarah Waiswa—are collected in an e-book titled Africa in Dialogue Interviews Gerald Kraak Award 2017 Shortlist. DOWNLOAD: Africa in […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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Bernard Matambo’s Lyrical Emigrant Story Makes Best American Essays 2017

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The Zimbabwean Bernard Matambo’s lyrical emigrant nonfiction, “Working the City,” published in Transition‘s issue 121 and named in Brittle Paper‘s […]

Chika Unigwe’s Student Writes Her the Letter Every Professor Dreams of Receiving

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African writers who are professors seem to have a knack for effortlessly winning the hearts of their students. In 2013, […]

Eight Writers Shortlisted for Writivism’s Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes

Writivism has announced the shortlists for their Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes. Both prizes’ longlists, released last month, named […]

Revolutionary New Documentary, Somebody Clap for Me, Brings to Film the Story of Protest Poetry in Uganda

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A powerful new documentary, Somebody Clap For Me, has brought to film the story of protest poetry in Uganda. The […]

Opportunity for Nigerian Poets | Submit to Mounting the Moon Anthology of Queer Poetry

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The novelist and LGBTQ activist Unoma Azuah has called for submissions for a queer anthology of Nigerian poetry. The project […]

Being Arab, Muslim and Female in a Post-Trump World | Interview with Leila Chatti, 2017 Brunel Prize Shortlistee

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue had published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel […]