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Go the Way Your Blood Beats | Read Gorgeous New Anthology of Fiction Centering Queer Lives 

In February, we published Innocent Immaculate Acan’s short story, “Songbird,” taken from a yet unreleased anthology, Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa. The e-book, which comprises twelve short stories following queer characters, is now available on our website. Edited by the South African writer Anathi Jongilanga, and with an introduction […]

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This Is How We Love | Diriye Osman | Introduction to Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa

On 8 April, Brittle Paper will publish Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa, an anthology of twelve short stories exploring queerness in Southern Africa. Edited by the South African writer Anathi Jongilanga, it is introduced by the Somali author & visual artist Diriye Osman. __________________________________________________________ THIS IS HOW WE LOVE […]

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Safy-Hallan Farah’s Zine Project, 1991, Aims to Re-present Contemporary Somali Literary and Visual Culture

Somali writer Safy-Hallan Farah is a believer in the vivacity of cultures and storytelling. A journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Nylon, and Paper, she decided to start a new project dedicated to re-presenting contemporary Somali culture through coverage of the writing and images of the country’s diaspora artists and intellectuals. The magazine, 1991, is co-founded with Vietnamese […]

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The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children and the forthcoming novel We Once Belonged to the Sea, explained the concept of literary androgyny: that gender-straddling sensibility possessed by the best storytellers—women writing men, men writing women. But Aminatta Forna, from the interview […]

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A Portrait of Iconic Gay African Writers | This Video of Binyavanga Wainaina and Diriye Osman Is Everything

Four years ago, Binyavanga Wainaina visited Diriye Osman, the fabulously gay author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children and the forthcoming novel We Once Belonged to the Sea. Their encounter, including a beautiful video of them sharing laughter and honesty, was uploaded on Osman’s website in October of last year, and was […]

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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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What Is Literary Androgyny? Diriye Osman Tells Us

Describing himself as “first Somali, second Muslim, third gay,” the enchanting Diriye Osman is arguably the most fascinating writer on the African scene—he owns his identity, speaks his truth. A frank champion of other people’s work, his debut short story collection, Fairytales for Lost Children (2013), was awarded the 2014 Polari First Book Prize. His […]

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“A Masterpiece”: Diriye Osman Weighs Juliane Okot Bitek’s Poetry Collection “100 Days”

Juliane Okot Bitek’s Poetry Collection, 100 Days, was published last year. The poems were “inspired by the quiet homage to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide that Wangechi Mutu started posting on social media on April 6” of 2016. As Mutu posted her photographs, Bitek wrote a poem a day. In a new piece in Huffington Post, […]

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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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