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Our favorite culture critic and podcaster, Sarah Ozo-Irabor, is back with Season 2 of Books & Rhymes: The Podcast!

Books & Rhymes: The Podcast is all about amplifying African literature by pairing stories, characters, and literary themes with music. Expanding from the Instagram review platform of the same name, the podcast launched in 2019 and became an instant hit with Ozo-Irabor’s playful interview style and hit guests such as Namwali Serpell, Oyinkan Braithwaite, and Chiké Frankie Edozien.

The podcast can be found on several listening platforms including Spotify, iTunes, and Google Podcast.

Season 2 of Books & Rhymes launched on July 13. This season opens with three guests from the 2020 AKO Caine Prize Shortlist.

Upcoming: Monday, 27th July: Guest Johwor Ile, Title TBA

Catch up on the concluded sessions:

Monday, 13th July: Resisting Narrative Closure with Erica Sugo Anyadike
Monday, 20th July: Movie in Power with Rémy Ngamije

Sarah Ozo-Irabor reflects on her interviews with the AKO Caine Prize Shortlisted Writers:

The recordings were a joyful and pleasant experience and we are excited to take listeners on a comprehensive deep dive into the featured shortlisted stories, the writers’ personalities & creative processes, as well as introducing listeners to the featured writer’s musical interpretations of their work.

New episodes of Books & Rhymes: The Podcast air every Monday.

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📖 CAINE PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING 📖 One of the joys of producing and hosting Books & Rhymes: The Podcast is that I get to interview writers with a purpose of edoanding how we read and imagine the boos by writers of African ancestry… I do this by inviting guests to place their works within existing musical and literary canon. The conversations are always fun, insightful and enriching. The latest episode with @akocaineprize shortlisted writer, Erica Sugo Anyadike (@ericasugowrites) is no exception. While her story, ‘How To Marry An African President’ centres an unnamed African woman, married to an unnamed President of an African unnamed country, I was particularly interested in the way the story seemed to subvert existing tropes. I was especially interested in how #EricaSugoAnyadike was able to create a familiar, yet discomfiting experience for the reader. As a readers, it was interesting to hear Erica Sugo Anyadike speak so candidly about her writing processes. Her advice to aspiring writers is, in my opinion, invaluable. Listen to the full episode via link in bio. Next week’s episode, features Remy Ngamije @remythequill, where we deep-dive into his story, The Neighbourhood Watch. Have you read any of the @akocaineprize shortlisted stories? They are available online Which story are you rooting for, and which one do you think will win? #BooksAndRhymes #CainePrize #AkoCainePrize #BlackAuthor #BlackResilienceBookstaTour #Podcast #Podsincolor #BookPodcast #Bookish #AfricanLiterature #Reading #Writing

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