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The 2018 Lagos International Poetry Festival (#LIPFest18) is offering workshops by some of the biggest names in contemporary African poetry. Much-honoured Ghanaian poet Kwame Dawes, co-founder of the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF), will be teaching a masterclass on 3 November at Angels & Muse, Lagos. Ugandan poet Nick Makoha, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel Prize, will be facilitating a workshop on 1 November at Freedom Park. Nigerian-born London-based theatre poet Yemi Sode will be teaching another workshop on 31 October at Freedom Park. And South African performance port and actor Lebo Mashile will be teaching a writing workshop on 30 October at Angels & Muse. All are free except Kwame Dawes’, which will cost N2,000.

This year’s #LIPFest, the showpiece’s fourth edition, will take place from 31 October to 4 November at Freedom Park, Lagos. Its theme, “Wide Awake,” will emphasize “the growing importance of vigilance in a post-truth era.” Founded in 2015 by performance poet Efe Paul Azino, author of For Broken Men Who Cross Often, the festival will feature five days of performances, panels, and workshops.

Interested people can register online on the festival Website: www.lagospoetryfestival.com.

The festival can be followed on Twitter at @LagosPoetryFest, on Instagram at @lagospoetryfest, and on Facebook at “Lagos International Poetry Festival.”

Fans can follow its activities with these hashtags: #LIPFest18 #WideAwake #Festivals #Poetry #Art #Culture #CreativeAfrica #Poetry #Poets #Writers #Artists #Conversations #Masterclasses #Parties #AMovement #AVibe.

Click HERE to register for the workshops. 

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an 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 the curator of 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 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 combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. 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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