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The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern‘s Issue 53. The Nigerian writer, whose debut book, the story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (2017), won the Kirkus Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction […]

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#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss her long-awaited poetry collection, This is How we Disappear, Chibok girls, womanhood, female victimization, and poetic form.  ***  Titilope Sonuga Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet, writer and performer who calls both Edmonton, Canada and Lagos, […]

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#PoetryTalk | Every Poem is Mystical and Every Poet a Mystic | Interview with Umar Abubakar Sidi

Umar Sidi is a helicopter pilot with the Nigerian Navy. He is the author of Striking the Strings, the poetry chapbook The Poet of Sand (Saraba) and the poetry collection The Poet of Dust (Konya Shams Rumi). His work has appeared in Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, and elsewhere. In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter […]

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A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). He is also the co-founder of Saraba Magazine, and a teacher at the MFA Art Writing Program, School of Visual Arts, New York City. I caught up with him over several weeks to discuss his […]

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#PoetryTalk | Different Poems Travel Different Routes | Interview with Toyin Adewale-Gabriel

Toyin Adewale-Gabriel is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, literary critic and activist. She was cofounder and coordinator for several years of the Association of Women Writers of Nigeria. Her works include: Naked Testimonies (1995), Die Aromaforscherin (1998), Flackernde Kerzen (1999), and 16 Short Stories by Nigerian Women Writers (2005), and Bitter Chocolate (2010). She […]

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#PoetryTalk | A Poem Is an Attempt to Find the Essence of Things: Interview with Richard Ali

  Nigerian writer, Lawyer and publisher Richard Ali is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss his debut poetry collection, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, and love, identity, places, extremism, Arabic poetry and literary collectives and collaborations across Africa.     *** Uche Congrats on your debut poetry collection! For […]

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#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the top professors at small private colleges in the United States in the online publication, Affordable/Private Colleges and Universities in the United States. A prolific author, Azuah has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Connecticut […]

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#PoetryTalk | I Write Outside the Margins: Interview with Adura Ojo

In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike chats with Adura Ojo about her writing. In the interview, she talks about various aspects of her work, including how it explores the fragility of love, desire, pleasure, womanhood and humanity. Ojo is the author of Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs. A British-Nigerian poet and writer, Ojo’s poems have […]

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BBC Apologises to Bernardine Evaristo Over Presenter’s “Another Author” Reference, Following Twitter Backlash

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Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The Voices I Overcame To Write Silence Is My Mother Tongue | Sulaiman Addonia

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“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in […]

Video & Photos | Echezonachukwu Nduka’s Performance & Public Lecture on African Pianism at Gateway Playhouse, New Jersey

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The poet-pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, author of the collection Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts (2018), has been offering a reinterpretation of African […]

Tejumola Olaniyan, Eminent Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, Dies at 60

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Tejumola Olaniyan, eminent professor of English and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of heart failure in Madison, […]

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