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Learning the Gag Reflex | By Logan February | Poetry

Love does not want this body, this mouth, toothless maw, hanging open & belonging to nobody’s son. The father died & I became nobody. In Yoruba, a father is a name & the left hand is taboo. One cannot offer water with the left hand or sleep facing upward. At night, a witch will sit […]

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African Literature as Medicine: The 2016 Etisalat Prize Shortlist | By David Evans

On May 20, the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature—awarded to a first-time African fiction book author—will be announced. Which of the three shortlisted novels is worthy of the prize? All of them! But if your soul is ailing, there is a novel here to comfort you. Ailment: Hubris. Physician: Julie Iromuanya. Prescription: Mr. […]

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We’re Queer, We’re Here | Chibuihe Obi | Essay

The first time I felt compelled to document the queer body in my writing was during my second year at the university. I had this toe-curling experience in the hostel one certain night that left me tugging at my pen and bleeding profusely into the banality of an empty paper from the midnight when the […]

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A Song of Loss | Three Poems by Ajise Vincent

a song of loss because we were young & bridled with beams of immaculacy, our fathers, men whose tongues had never tasted the pulse of sins, didn’t tell us of the tsunami that brewed in the progenies of adam when history was rewritten with blood, in a language where every syntax is a sin. then, […]

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Anonymous | Two Poems by Hauwa

anonymous   in a blanklet, muffled like shame or oxygen in an inhaler: a woman balled into the size of anguish   —small and infinitely boundless still—   a stream of fire running directly beneath her skin.   her thighs too are pressed into a man’s memory, the memory that was not first a moment. […]

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Monuments | By Ademola Enoch | Poetry

I stumble on an old man, returning from a cathedral. His eyes are ropes that pull me into him, urging me to see his existence from his vantage: a mountain as high as the heels of his shoes. He smiles at me but I am reminded of loss; an opera – of bones, dismembered affection, […]

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Museum of Women | By Tolu Agbelusi | Poetry

In the shadow of frustrations I sometimes hear myself say, “I made it this far alone,” failing to find a reflection for that embodiment of life in the mirror of my years. I see instead a museum of women refusing to gather dust in my memories and heart spaces —women who at distinct moments have […]

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Schoolyard Cannibal | Nana Nkweti | Prose-Poetry

Youth makes you too apt a pupil of coarse lessons it will take decades to unlearn. Your headmistress a family television—ancient, venerable—cased in oak heavy and vast as the Encyclopedia Britannica, entire. Poor, poor pickaninny, pick a program. Poison. Drink in definitions as you sit transfixed on grainy carpet, chin on the kickstand of your […]

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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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Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is receiving praise. The Guardian has hailed its “lyrical elegance” and “many […]

Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

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The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Nommo Awards took place at the ongoing 2017 Ake Arts and Book […]

Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote Chimamanda Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” and Nnedi Okorafor’s “Home” in the Final Round

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Earlier this month we announced the online voting for Goodreads’ 2017 awards. The first round saw nominations for four authors having massively […]

#AkeFest2017 | Follow Brittle Paper’s Coverage of Ake Arts and Book Festival

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  Ake Arts and Book Festival is happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria—has been happening since 14 November, to end on 18 […]

Opportunity for Writers and Visual Artists | Apply for the 2017 Artists in Residency Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme, an initiative of Africa Centre “seeking high calibre African artists, in […]

South African Literary Awards 2017: All the Winners

The winners of the 2017 South African Literary Awards have been announced. Here they are, with excerpts from their citations. […]

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