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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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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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