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Luna Press’ Harvester Series Includes New Collections by Wole Talabi and Nick Woods

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As part of its Harvester Series, a publication programme for collections of old and new stories plus bonus material, the Scotland-based indie press Luna Press Publishing released Wole Talabi’s debut short story collection Incomplete Solutions in June. In October, it will release Nick Wood’s Learning Monkey and Crocodile. Below are details of both books. Incomplete […]

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Tade Thompson Wins Arthur C Clarke Award, for Rosewater, the First Novel in His Wormwood Trilogy

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The Nigerian writer and psychiatrist Tade Thompson has won the 2019 Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s premier honour for science fiction, for his Nommo Award-winning novel Rosewater, the first in his Wormwood Trilogy set in 2066 Africa invaded by aliens. The announcement was made at the prize ceremony on Wednesday night at Foyles Bookshop, […]

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In Her Debut Memoir, Bassey Ikpi Deepens Our Understanding of Mental Health by Sharing Her Own Journey

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In 2004, while on tour with Def Poetry Jam, the Nigerian poet and spoken word artist Bassey Ikpi was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. By 2011, she had taken on advocacy, writing and speaking about mental health, and then founded The Siwe Project, a nonprofit encouraging people to seek help, inspired by the death by […]

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Wo̩lé S̩óyinká’s Forthcoming Book, His 50th at Age 85, Looks at the Aesthetics, Traditions, & Histories of African Art

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Fresh from celebrations for his 85th birthday days ago, Wo̩lé S̩óyinká has a new book coming. An expansion of his three-part Richard D. Cohen Lectures at Harvard in 2017—the first, “The Acquisitive Eye: ‘Oga, I Swear It’s Original Fake’”; the second, “Heirs to the Procreative Deities: The Yoruba at Large”; the third, “From Aso Ebi […]

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Royal African Society: The UK Home Office Visa Service Discriminating Against Africans

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The following is a press release by the Royal African Society.  Home Office Visa Service Discriminating Against Africans “Home Office data on visa refusals shows that African applicants are more than twice as likely to be refused a UK visa than applicants from any other part of the world.  The UK has good relations with […]

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The Auditory Art of Storytelling in A Small Silence | Reviews by Ainehi

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  A Small Silence is the debut novel by Nigerian poet Jumoke Verissimo. The story is sad, funny, and inspiring all at once and introduces two of the most intriguing characters I have encountered in Nigerian fiction in a long while. Most importantly, the novel showed me how sound could heighten the emotional intensity of […]

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Event | The Sixth Praxis Hangout, Focusing on Mental Health, Is Coming to Kano

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Praxis Hangout, a literary event hosted by the Nigeria-based Praxis Magazine Online, is coming to Kano. Organised in collaboration with Box Office Studios and Poetry for Change, this sixth edition will be held on 20 July. The previous editions took place in Abuja, Kaduna, and Durban. From the press release: Praxis Hangout is an event […]

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Wo̩lé S̩óyinká Turns 85, Birthday Wishes Pour In

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Professor Wo̩lé S̩óyinká turned 85 years old two days ago. Tributes and wishes have been pouring in from around the globe. Born Akinwándé Oluwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyinká, on 13 July 1934, the playwright, poet and activist has been revered for decades for his writing, his political engagement, especially his criticism of successive Nigerian governments, and his […]

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Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany Set for 10th Anniversary in November, with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf as 2019 Curator

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The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany—Voices of Africa in English—will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims […]

Safia Elhillo’s Debut YA Novel Acquired by Make Me a World

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The prize-winning Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has had the North America rights to her debut Young Adult novel acquired by […]

Taiye Selasi Announces New TV Production Company That Will Be the Golden Age of Television Meets the African Silver Screen

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In yet another move into multimedia by a superstar African writer, Taiye Selasi has announced a TV production company that […]

Apply to BlackBird Books’ 4-Week Residency for Black Womxn Writers

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The South Africa-based publishing press Blackbird Books, in collaboration with Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative, is calling […]

Richard Akuson, Founder of A Nasty Boy, Reflects on Homophobia, Being Censored by Family, & a Personal Irony of Queer Pride

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In 2017, the Nigerian lawyer Richard Akuson founded A Nasty Boy, a magazine that used provocative photography and fashion to […]

Helen Moffett, Editing Mentor at Short Story Day Africa, on the Necessity of Trust between Editors and Writers

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Most of the people who work behind the scenes to hold up literary institutions mostly go unacknowledged in public, their […]

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