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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 is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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