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The Fundamentals of Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction: Apply to SBMEN’s Workshop in Lagos | 21-22 September

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its third editing workshop of 2019, to be held in Lagos. Themed “The Fundamentals of Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction,” and planned for 21-22 September, facilitators include BMS Editorial Services founder Adebukola Bassey, Quramo Publishing senior editor Tahirah Sagaya, Narrative Landscape […]

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How to Donate to the African Speculative Fiction Society

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The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) is an organisation of around 180 writers, editors, comic & graphic artists, and filmmakers working “in the fields of speculative fiction such as fantasy, science fiction, stories that draw on traditions, horror and philosophical fiction.” Founded in 2016, the novelist Sofia Somatar described it as “a space for African […]

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EVENT | Brittle Paper Panel at 2019 Lambda Literary Festival in Los Angeles: Sept. 27

Brittle Paper will be at the 2019 Lambda Literary Festival in Los Angeles, on Friday, September 27. We will be featured in an event focused both on our curatorial work in African literature and on the work of queer writers and the evolution of representations of queerness in Nigerian literature. Currently in its third year, […]

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Brittle Paper Statement on Allegation by Mr. James Murua

This statement is in response to a recent allegation by Mr. James Murua. While we regret any misunderstanding, we would like to firmly set the record straight. On Tuesday, 3 September 2019, the Caine Prize removed a short story from its 2019 shortlist, for its author’s failure to attribute an original source. We were one […]

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For Failure to Attribute an Original Source, the Caine Prize Removes Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s All Our Lives from 2019 Shortlist, as Short Story Day Africa Releases Statement on Intertextuality

Last week, we received suggestions of similarity between two short stories. One, the Nigerian writer Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our Lives,” won the 2018 Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) Prize, was shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction and the 2019 Caine Prize, and was published in print in the SSDA anthology ID: […]

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Introduction to The Year of Free Birds: Stories Featuring Visually Impaired Protagonists | Lizzy Attree

In October 2019, Brittle Paper will be publishing The Year of Free Birds: Stories Featuring Visually Impaired Protagonists, the second release in the Afro Anthology Series, curated by the Nigerian writer Basit Jamiu. Edited by South Africa’s Maneo Mohale and Nigeria’s Uzoma Ihejirika, contributors to it include Manu Herbstein, Ahmed Maiwada, Jason Mykl Snyman, and Prosper […]

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Bernardine Evaristo & Chigozie Obioma Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, Alongside Margaret Atwood & Salman Rushdie

Bernardine Evaristo, for her eighth book Girl, Woman, Other, and Chigozie Obioma, for his second novel An Orchestra of Minorities, have been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize, worth £50,000. It is the Nigerian Obioma’s second consecutive shortlisting, following that for his debut novel The Fishermen in 2015, and the British-Nigerian Evaristo’s first shortlisting, on her first […]

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The Funmi Iyanda-produced Adaptation of Jude Dibia’s Walking with Shadows, the First Novel by a Nigerian to Humanize Queerness, Will Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival | Watch Trailer

It comes full circle. In 2004, the popular Nigerian journalist Funmi Iyanda invited a man to her talk show, New Dawn with Funmi. During that interview, the man, Bisi Alimi, came out as gay. It invoked the wrath of Nigerians, not only on him but on Iyanda for daring to use her platform that way. […]

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

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

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

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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