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The Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award Turns 10: Photos & Report from the Celebration

BY BABISHAI-NIWE POETRY FOUNDATION Babies and children love to frolic: it’s important for their growth. Parents and guardians would worry if their children didn’t lark about by chewing on dirt, rummaging through handbags, and tearing up cheque books. Babishai had its fair share of frolicking with ideas, experimenting with the idea that a poetry award […]

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African Literary Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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Brittle Paper Anniversary Event: “2010s: The Decade of African Literary Expansion” | A Conversation on Facebook

  On August 1, 2017, Brittle Paper will be seven years old. To mark our anniversary, we are organising a series of events, among which are Facebook conversations with writers, editors and founders of literary initiatives. This is the first of our anniversary conversations. * The 2000s was a renaissance period in African literature, the blossoming of […]

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Babishai Poetry Festival 2017 | Interview with Mugabi Byenkya, Author of Dear Philomena

As part of the countdown to the 2017 Babishai Poetry Festival in Uganda, the organisers are conducting a series of interviews on their guests and on writers whose works have made a landmark. The festival will be held on 4-6 August 2017. Here, one of the guests, Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena, discusses how he became […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2017 Babishai Haiku Contest

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Contest is open for submissions. Only African poets resident in Africa, who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry by July 2017, are eligible. The organisers will be considering only haiku poems that are Africa-themed. The submissions must contain clear images, settings and juxtaposition. They must also be concise, […]

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There Was Once Something Special Here | by Tom Jalio | Winner of BN Poetry Prize

You can tell by the shape of the pieces The trailing blood and the aura of warmth That there was once a heart here And the winds of memory floating by Still fan the flame that raged in it You can gauge from the markings on the walls The piercing font and the scrambled letters […]

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BBC Apologises to Bernardine Evaristo Over Presenter’s “Another Author” Reference, Following Twitter Backlash

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Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The Voices I Overcame To Write Silence Is My Mother Tongue | Sulaiman Addonia

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“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in […]

Video & Photos | Echezonachukwu Nduka’s Performance & Public Lecture on African Pianism at Gateway Playhouse, New Jersey

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The poet-pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, author of the collection Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts (2018), has been offering a reinterpretation of African […]

Tejumola Olaniyan, Eminent Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, Dies at 60

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Tejumola Olaniyan, eminent professor of English and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of heart failure in Madison, […]

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