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I Long Ago Chose to Take My Community with Me on My Creative Journey | Bernardine Evaristo

This reflection, in a slightly different version, was first published on Bernardine Evaristo’s website: bevaristo.com. All images are credited to Evaristo. Visit the site to see more accompanying photographs.   As a new year begins, I reflect on my amazing good fortune since winning the Booker Prize on October 14. Every day, I marvel at […]

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This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid Bones. It is October, Spring. In this “summoning season change” we find ourselves, as a country, as femmes, as individuals, as Africans, barely surviving the wave of femicide and xenophobic violence that has torn through […]

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Opening Speech at the 2019 International Literature Festival | Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is the author of the short story collections An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row, and of the novels The Book of Memory and Out of Darkness, Shining Light. The following is an excerpt from her opening speech at the International Literature Festival in Berlin, delivered on 11 September 2019.  I Across the […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes evokes much emotion. In order to begin undoing xenophobia, I submit that crossing into “the emotional” is the most radical act in which to engage, collectively and individually. I write as a so-called high-skilled, documented, […]

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The Kenyan Literary Hustle | Carey Baraka

1. Writing this, now, at this temporal moment, means that I am not finalizing my application for a fellowship I’m applying to whose deadline is today. This is one of the things: that I’m applying for a fellowship, at the urging of YAO, and BK, who, some time last year told me to look outwards, […]

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A Triangle of Time and Aging | Ebenezer Agu | Nonfiction

During my evening walks, I always pass through moments which seem more the stuff of photography than the written word. There are stories in street corners, in things that, without keen observation, would be judged mundane. A toy sticking out of a refuse bag beside the road had once kicked my imagination into a range […]

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Read Chapter One of Nnedi Okorafor’s New Memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

Nnedi Okorafor’s memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, was published on 18 June, by Simon & Schuster imprint TED Books. It is her first book of nonfiction and her 15th book overall in 14 years, since her 2005 debut. In February, on Twitter, she described the 112-page book as a “memoir, […]

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Foreword to The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology Vol. III | Otosirieze Obi-Young

The third Gerald Kraak Prize, for 2019, was awarded to the Nigerian writer OluTimehin Adegbeye in May. The Heart of the Matter, the anthology compiling the shortlisted entries for the 2019 prize, was published by Jacana Media. Here is its Foreword, by Otosirieze Obi-Young, republished with permission from Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation.  […]

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For Working Class Writers & Refugees, Sulaiman Addonia Is Giving Out 40 Free Tickets to the Asmara Addis Festival

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When writing is described as an elitist profession, critics mean that opportunities in the field are determined by access, which […]

Modern Sudanese Poetry | New Anthology Spans Six Decades of Sudanese History & Cultural Intersections

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Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated and edited by the Sudanese poet Adil Babikir, was published in paperback in September […]

Chuma Nwokolo Compensated in Plagiarism Lawsuit Against High Definition Film Studio, Shares More Stories of Plagiarism of His Work

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In November 2019, the Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo called out Nollywood filmmaker Bright Wonder Obasi for using sections of his […]

Apply to the African Writers Trust Publishing Fellowship Programme

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African Writers Trust (AWT) is a non-profit collective that seeks to promote the sharing of skills and resources, and to […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

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The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International […]

The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

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1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying […]

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