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New Book Celebrates Ngugi wa Thiong’o at 80

A new book, Ngugi: Reflections on his Life of Writing, edited by Simon Gikandi and Ndirangu Wachanga, celebrates Kenya’s most prolific writer. Writing about the book, Professor Wachanga, who has also produced Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo’s documentaries, notes that: What we have put together, Ngugi: Reflections on His Life of Writing, is a multifaceted […]

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20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry | New Project Pushes Institutional Boundaries in the Modern African Poetry Landscape

From prizes, publishing houses and festivals to magazines, journals, writers’ development initiatives, grants and blogs, the contemporary literary scene in Africa is, like those in Europe and in the Americas, reliant on institutions willing to push existing boundaries. While the institutions are doing important work, there aren’t many of them as there should be, and collective […]

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Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Prize and Anthology Will Now Be Open Year-Round

Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Prize and Anthology will now be open year-round. The announcement was made by Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and The Other Foundation, who administer the Prize. With this new format, the shortlist will now be announced in February 2019 rather than the initial December 2018 schedule. The winner will be announced […]

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Ainehi Edoro’s Essay on the God Complex of African Writers Sets Off Social Media Reaction

Once in a while, an essay comes along, stinging and unrelenting, that tears readers into camps of agreement and disagreement. Three days ago, UW-Madison professor Ainehi Edoro, founder of Brittle Paper, came up with such an essay. Published in Africa Is a Country, “Gods of Fiction: African Writers and the Fantasy of Power” uses Chinua […]

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Tributes Pour in for Ikeogu Oke, NLNG Prize-winning Poet Who Has Passed on at 51

Nigerian poet Ikeogu Oke, who won the 2017 NLNG Prize for his poetry collection The Heresiad, has passed on at the age of 51. He died yesterday, 25 November, at National Hospital, Abuja. On 16 September, on Facebook, he had written: My Epitaph Here lies a man who loved virtue and art, And gave to […]

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Introduction to 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry | Safia Elhillo & Gbenga Adesina

The poems we have curated in this anthology are electric, unruly, charged with desire and melancholies. They are intensely private yet quite magically find a way to be communal. There is a borderlessnes to the poems, not just of geographies and identities but also of sensibility, syntax, style, subversion of the white space and awakening […]

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Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry | Peepal Tree Press Publishes New Anthology by Inscribe

UK-based initiative Inscribe Writer Development Programme has curated a new anthology published by Peepal Tree Press. Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry, edited by Nii Aykwei Parkes and with a preface by Dorothy Wang, collects compelling work from established Black British poets as well as by a wide array of young Black poets on the British literary scene, including […]

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A Stranger’s Pose | Emmanuel Iduma and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ in Book Chat at Angels & Muse, Lagos

Nigerian authors Emmanuel Iduma and Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ will be in conversation at Angels & Muse, Lagos on November 23. They will be discussing Iduma’s new memoir A Stranger’s Pose. Join Emmanuel Iduma for an evening of intimate chat on his new book, A Stranger’s Pose, a unique blend of travelogue, musings, and poetry. He will be in conversation […]

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Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology Forthcoming in December

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Twelve months after the call for submissions was made in January, we are happy to announce that Erotic Africa: The Sex […]

Photos from the 2nd Edition of the Write With Style Workshop in Lagos

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The second edition of Oris Aigbokhaevbolo’s Write with Style Workshop took place in Ikeja, Lagos on 24 and 25 November […]

At the Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop | Clementine Ewokolo-Burnley

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There is water everywhere, a skyline, tall buildings, twinkling lights, pleasure craft behind locked gates. Leaning back in the taxi, […]

The Longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Announced

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The longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize is out. The prizes provide opportunities for African writers and illustrators to […]

PHOTOS | Bambooks Limited Launches Mobile Reading App and Announces Monthly Subscription Service

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There is a myth that says Africans do not read and if you want to hide something from them put […]

Africa in Dialogue Publishes Interview e-Book with 2017 Brittle Paper Awards Winners: Sisonke Msimang, Hawa Golakai, JK Anowe, Megan Ross, Chibuihe Achimba

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Leading interview magazine Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the winners of the 2017 Brittle Paper Awards. […]

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