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Sefi Atta Talks History, Her New Novel, and Writing about the Lagos Elite: In Conversation with Toni Kan

Sefi Atta’s latest novel, The Bead Collector, is historical fiction as well as an ideological treatise. But it is also, as with many of Sefi Atta’s works, a book that riffs on class and family dysfunction. In this conversation with Toni Kan, Sefi talks about the place of history in her work, growing up in […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We began it in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary. The $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect our efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth | Five Writers in Conversation

To mark BRITTLE PAPER‘s 7th anniversary in 2017, we organised two conversations on our Facebook page. The second, themed “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth,” took place on 5 August 2017 and was an insightful, urgent conversation about queerness and its exploration in Nigerian literature. Our guests were: Romeo Oriogun, winner of the 2017 […]

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Interview with Fashion Designer Therez Fleetwood and Artist V. Kottavei Williams, Creators of Nnedi Okorafor’s Emmys Dress

Behind every successful woman is other successful women helping her to look and feel like the best version of herself. A couple weeks ago, AfricanFuturist extraordinaire Nnedi Okorafor made her red carpet debut at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, where she and Executive Producer George R. R. Martin, promoted her upcoming HBO series, Who Fears […]

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10 Questions with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, Facilitator of Write with Style Workshop

Nigerian writer Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is organising a workshop in Lagos. The Write with Style Workshop will focus on how to write reviews, interviews, reportage, fiction, and creative nonfiction. It will be held on 25 and 26 August. Applicants are to call or text this number: 08079056897; or send an email to styleandsentences@gmail.com. They will then receive a […]

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In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently went on a book tour in Lagos. An Abundance of Scorpions is published by Ouida Books and has been described by The Guardian Nigeria as “a heart-rending and riveting story of a woman in her quest […]

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How Short Story Day Africa Became the Continent’s Most Important Institution for Short Fiction

SIBONGILE FISHER WAS hanging out with friends, eating burgers at Snack Boss, a restaurant in Tembisa, a township in the East Rand in Johannesburg, when she saw the link on Facebook: a post congratulating her. It was November of 2016 and she had won the Short Story Day Africa Prize. She had been absent from […]

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Miles Morland Foundation 2018 Creative Writing Workshop: Participants on Their Experience in Bulago, Uganda

The Miles Morland Foundation held its second annual Creative Writing Workshop in February. A group of writers who had applied to the Miles Morland Writing Scholarships were invited for ten days of learning, reading, writing, and conversations about how to improve their skills. The Workshop, which was held on Bulago Island, Uganda, had two phases: […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Diana Evans Longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize

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The Zimbabwean novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and the British-Nigerian novelist Diana Evans have been longlisted for the £30,000 Rathbones Folio […]

Ben Okri to Headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, with Ainehi Edoro, Musa Okwonga as Moderators | All the Guests + Key Events

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Ben Okri will headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by Tsitsi Dangarembga, where panels will be moderated by Brittle […]

Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will […]

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