africa writes 2017

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The annual Africa Writes Festival will be held from 30 June to 2 July and its organisers, the Royal African Society, is seeking volunteers for the London event. The Society will cover volunteers’ expenses.

Africa Writes Festival “aims to promote contemporary African writing and writers as well as to explore Africa’s long literary past and its future.” Every year, the festival highlights “established and emerging literary talent from Africa and the Diaspora.”

Below is a part of the call for volunteers.

Africa Writes returns to the British Library this summer, and we are looking for committed and interested volunteers who are passionate about African literature. As a volunteer you’ll learn more about the Royal African Society as an organisation, be involved in some exciting programmes and events, and get an opportunity to meet like-minded people. Many of the programme staff started their involvement with the festival as volunteers!

Africa Writes takes place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July. If you would like to be a part of the Africa Writes 2017 team, download the AW 2017_Call for volunteers and send your application in by Wednesday 10 May.

Find out more on Africa Writes Website.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship. His story, "Mulumba," appears in The Threepenny Review and has been translated into the German. His story, “A Tenderer Blessing,” appears in Transition and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His story, "You Sing of a Longing," is currently on the 2016 Gerald Kraak Award shortlist. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and Brittle Paper where he is Submissions Editor. He edited Enter Naija—The Book of Places, an anthology of writing, photography and digital art about places in Nigeria created to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary. A lecturer at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, he blogs popular culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com.

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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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