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Commonwealth Prize Author Abidemi Sanusi Launches Website to Help Writers Monetize Their Careers

Nigerian digital entrepreneur and 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize finalist Abidemi Sanusi has launched a Website dedicated to helping writers to monetize and improve their art through freelance work, writing courses and business tips. The site, abidemi.tv, offers free writing courses, publishing advice, branding tips and a host of other services specifically tailored to suit the […]

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Imbolo Mbue Has New Fiction in Bakwa Magazine

Million-dollar novelist Imbolo Mbue has a new short story out in Bakwa. Titled “A Reversal,” the story is 596 words of loss and belonging and fear. The work, Bakwa states, was first read by Mbue at the 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on October 16, 2017, where her novel Behold the Dreamers was honoured with […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Poets | Submit to PIN’s November Poetry Challenge

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has made a call for submissions for the November edition of its 10-Day Poetry Challenge. This month’s contest, which is “geared towards stimulating consistent and spontaneous creativity,” will be the last for the year. Entries will be entertained between 13th and 22nd of November, 2017. In an email to Brittle Paper, the Challenge’s moderator, […]

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Zaynab Quadri on Why You Should Attend Ake Arts and Book Festival

Zaynab Quadri is Nigeria’s leading bookstagrammer, and she says that everyone who can should make it a point of duty to attend this year’s edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival running from November 14 to the 18th. Ake Festival is an annual literary and cultural extravaganza featuring film screenings, art exhibitions, panel discussion, poetry […]

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Film Rights to Jacqui L’Ange’s “The Seed Thief” Acquired by Indie Producer

Jacqui L’Ange’s debut novel, The Seed Thief, will be made into a film. According to The Reading List, rights to the novel have been bought by indie producer Rodrigo Chiaro for an “international co-production, with links to Brazil, Panama, Europe, Singapore, as well as South Africa.” Published by Umuzi in 2015, The Seed Thief was shortlisted for the 2016 […]

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Read Petina Gappah’s Afterword to the New German Edition of Ngugi’s “Decolonising The Mind”

Dekolonisierung des Denkens, the new German edition of Ngugi’s iconic collection of essays, Decolonising the Mind, is coming with something major: five afterwords by five African writers from different countries—Zimbabwe’s Petina Gappah, South Africa’s Sonwabiso Ngcowa, Senegal’s Boubacar Boris Diop, Cameroon’s Achille Mbembe, and Kenya’s Mukoma wa Ngugi. The collection is translated from the English […]

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Instagram | Check Out Nigerian Writer TJ Benson’s Striking Collection of Photography for Sale

Nigerian writer TJ Benson is also a photographer. On Instagram, he sells his photographs—a striking collection in which his subjects are given a second life. TJ Benson’s short story, “Tea,” was first runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize and was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction. TJ Benson’s early photography […]

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Hauntings | Megan Ross | Poetry

i I dream I am a woman in a bath, holding a knife to her throat. The knife opens her up, and the head of a cat emerges from my face. ii I dream I am a woman in a lounge, sitting where her husband sits. She puts the cool blade of a knife to […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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The 21 Writers Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

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The 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship shortlist has been announced and there are 21 writers on it. The Miles Morland […]

Photos | #AkeFest17: Cameroon-Nigeria Literary Exchange Participants in Roundtable Conversation

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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival took place from 14–18 November 2017, in Abeokuta, Nigeria. One of the event’s […]

Teju Cole’s “Blind Spot” Is One of TIME’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017

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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot has been named among TIME‘s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017. The book, a beguiling blend […]

#ThrowBack | In Conversation: Nuruddin Farah and Kwame Anthony Appiah

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In 2004, Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah and Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah sat for a conversation published in BOMB magazine. […]

Aminatta Forna’s Fourth Novel, “Happiness,” Arrives March 2018

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Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated into […]

Wasafiri Magazine Releases “Issue 92: Winter 2017,” Featuring Ellah Allfrey, Nadifa Mohamed and Ayobami Adebayo

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Wasafiri, the UK’s leading literary magazine for international voices, has released its “Issue 92: Winter 2017.” Founded in 1984 by its current […]

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