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Watch This Poetry Dance Film of Kayo Chingonyi’s “Kumukanda”

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Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is receiving praise. The Guardian has hailed its “lyrical elegance” and “many nuanced portrayals and unflinching reflections.” Chingonyi’s poem, “The Colour of James Brown’s Scream,” was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry. The author of two poetry pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016), […]

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Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

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The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Nommo Awards took place at the ongoing 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The Nommo Awards, founded in 2016 by the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS), recognise the finest fantasy or science fiction works by Africans. The ASFS is a body of African writers, […]

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Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote Chimamanda Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” and Nnedi Okorafor’s “Home” in the Final Round

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Earlier this month we announced the online voting for Goodreads’ 2017 awards. The first round saw nominations for four authors having massively successful years—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions in the Nonfiction Category, Nnedi Okorafor’s Home in the Science Fiction Category, Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls […]

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#AkeFest2017 | Follow Brittle Paper’s Coverage of Ake Arts and Book Festival

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  Ake Arts and Book Festival is happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria—has been happening since 14 November, to end on 18 November. And Brittle Paper is right there to cover it with features, photos and tweets. Founded in 2013 by Lola Shoneyin, Orange Prize-longlisted author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and director of Book Buzz […]

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Opportunity for Writers and Visual Artists | Apply for the 2017 Artists in Residency Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme, an initiative of Africa Centre “seeking high calibre African artists, in different stages of their development (from emerging to late career), who are provocative, innovative, and stretching the boundaries of their artistic practice.” AIR’s residencies in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and the U.S. are “available to composers, […]

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South African Literary Awards 2017: All the Winners

The winners of the 2017 South African Literary Awards have been announced. Here they are, with excerpts from their citations. The Literary Journalism Award, for a body of work, went to Don Makatile and Phakama Mbonambi. Don Makatile is a journalist whose main interest is books and writers. He started working as a journalist in 1995. The […]

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Kayo Chingonyi’s Poetry Collection, “Kumukanda,” Is Receiving Praise

Kayo Chingonyi’s poetry draws from music and deals with masculinity and blackness. The Zambian, who is also a musician, is a notable presence in London poetry circles, with Vice describing him as “the young voice of London life.” His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus, and has since been trailed by […]

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

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has made a call for submissions for the November edition of its 10-Day Poetry Challenge. This […]

Zaynab Quadri on Why You Should Attend Ake Arts and Book Festival

Zaynab Quadri is Nigeria’s leading bookstagrammer, and she says that everyone who can should make it a point of duty […]

Film Rights to Jacqui L’Ange’s “The Seed Thief” Acquired by Indie Producer

Jacqui L’Ange’s debut novel, The Seed Thief, will be made into a film. According to The Reading List, rights to the novel […]

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