Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

The 2017 Africa Writes Festival program has been released. As we expected, the lineup is stacked with exciting events and lots of high-profile appearances. Here are a few highlights:

The festival kicks off on Friday June 30th with a Rhythm and Poetry (R.A.P.) party, an evening event featuring poetry and music.

Alain Mabanckou is headlining the festival, so his keynote lecture is set for the last day of the festival, on Sunday.

Helon Habila’s session on his book about the Chibok girls is slated for Saturday. The Jalada collective has two events on Saturday. There is a panel featuring the 2017 Caine Prize shortlistees. It’s your chance to meet the crew of brilliant and freshly minted literary celebrities. Fans of Lola Shoneyin’s beautiful novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives will have a chance to see Maimouna Jallow’s adaptation of the book.

The London book launch of Abdulai Sila’s The Ultimate Tragedy takes place on Sunday. Sila’s novel is the first Bissau-Guinean novel to be translated into English. There is also the launch of Olumide Popoola’s When We Speak of Nothing. Popoola is the latest addition to the author roster of Cassava Republic.

Buchi Emecheta’s fans are in for a treat on Sunday. The day opens with a tribute session featuring some of Emecheta’s close associates. Later in the day, a #BooksToInspire event dedicated to Emecheta’s writing will also take place. And it will be facilitated by our good friend Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed who runs the lovely Bookshy site. She’ll be joined by the folks at Afreada and Afrikult.

The panel titled “How to Reach the Readers: Publishing in Africa” brings together some of the most innovative minds in African publishing. We are particularly excited that Louise Umutoni of Huza Press is on the panel. She is brilliant and inspiring. [Read our feature on how she is changing the face of Rwanda literature.]

For those of you who are looking to bag some skills, there are master classes. Ellah Allfrey has a 3-hour masterclass tailored to writers looking to improve their completed drafts.

There are two free events on Saturday: “The Magic of Stories Family Workshop” and “The Kanga Exhibition and Sharing.”

The festival offers so much more. Click HERE to download the full list of events.

A word of advice: book your tickets HERE ASAP. They go pretty fast!

#AfricaWrites17

Tags: , , ,

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

2 Responses to “#AfricaWrites17 | Poetry Readings, Book Launches, Workshops | See the Full Lineup of Events” Subscribe

  1. Daddy Usman June 13, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    I am a very keen follower of literary events on Brittle Paper.. I should like to be invited to this all important even. But I have no money and no visa.

  2. Simeon Mpamugoh June 15, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Great event that will see Africa overcome all forms of marginalization.

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.