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From the Storyteller’s House | Ebenezer Agu | Poetry

There’s always an old man in every castle. Sometimes, when he’s not the king’s physician, he goes about collecting the king’s dues. _ I belong under the king’s reign, in the storyteller’s house, outside the great walls among those appealing for lesser taxes, the ones not needed in the king’s armed service. _ The king’s […]

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Helen Oyeyemi Shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award

Helen Oyeyemi has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Her story, “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That, Don’t You Think?,” sees its protagonist arrive an office for work only to find “a mysterious locked diary.” Described by the judges as “brilliant,” her story is up against […]

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Hang No Clothes Here | Bolaji Olatunde | Novel Excerpt

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Hang No Clothes Here, Bolaji Olatunde’s second novel, is out this month from Parresia/Origami Publishers. Set in 2011, it follows a policeman who gets involved in an international struggle between two major drug cartels fighting for the control of the Nigerian route to European and Asian narcotics markets. Here is an excerpt. * Chapter Sixteen The first […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 25 Most Talked-About Moments of Her Career

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It’s a bit surprising that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be 40 tomorrow, 15 September. Surprising because we’ve known her from when she was 25, and in the 15 years since, it didn’t concretely occur to us that time was racing past. How best to weigh the special place she has come to occupy at the […]

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Petina Gappah Talks Her Writing Career, Law, and Zimbabwean Music, Languages and Politics

A little while back, Petina Gappah, who was recently named a judge for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, had a conversation with Bongani Kona, 2016 Caine Prize finalist and Contributing Editor at Chimurenga Chronic. The interview was conducted for The Johannesburg Review. Gappah’s debut collection of stories, An Elegy for Easterly, won The Guardian Best First Book […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Poets | Submit to PIN’s September Poetry Challenge

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Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has made a call for submissions for the September edition of its 10-Day Poetry Challenge. The monthly contest is “geared towards stimulating consistent and spontaneous creativity.” In an email to Brittle Paper, the Challenge’s moderator, Chisom Okafor, whose poetry we’ve published, stated that “ten exceptional entries will be officially published on PIN’s […]

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Booker Prize Winning Publisher, Oneworld, Picks Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu for UK Publication

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Oneworld, publishers of the 2015 and 2016 winners of the Booker Prize—Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, respectively—have picked up the UK rights to Jennifer Makumbi’s “Great Ugandan Novel” Kintu. According to The Bookseller, “Oneworld publisher Juliet Mabey bought UK and Commonwealth rights from James McDonald-Lockhart at Antony Harwood.” Kintu, […]

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How Edwige-Renée Dro’s Abidjan Lit Collective Is Driving Literary Activism in Cote d’Ivoire

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Last month, Africa39 author Edwige-Renée Dro was interviewed by 2014 Caine Prize finalist and The Johannesburg Review contributing editor Efemia Chela. They discussed the Abidjan Lit collective and the movement it birthed in Cote d’Ivoire, a brand of literary activism aimed at “saying that in our country, Côte d’Ivoire, we read.” Other members of the collective are Sarah […]

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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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Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the […]

The Photographer as an Osprey | John “Lighthouse” Oyewale | Essay

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the […]

Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the […]

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future […]

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]