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Come Home with Me | Obasa Funmilayo | Poetry

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i This is a tribute to the dreams we failed to keep between our breasts, for the fantasies we painted in white dresses only, for the waters we saw as hopeless fate.   ii My history books sing the essence of a sisterhood— iconic elements, peculiar picayunes in a game of chance. The bodies of […]

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After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the aroma of tuwo. A bride is soaked in coconut oil and pampered with ori. Her eyes, the vision of a dancer. She remembers yesterday: covered in clay and youngness, how she ran in the rain, […]

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#LIPFest2019 | Register for Workshops with Bernardine Evaristo, Kaveh Akbar, Itiola Jones, & Logan February

Registration is currently open for workshops with Bernadine Evaristo, Kaveh Akbar, Itiola Jones, and Logan February at the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest19. All workshops are limited to 25 participants. Here are the details of each workshop: “Poetry Workshop with Itiola Jones” Itiola Jones (I.S. Jones) is a queer American/Nigerian poet and music journalist. […]

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#LIPFest2019: Guests & Festival Program

From 30 October to 3 November 2019, Lagos will play host to a wide array of poets, performers, and industry-related professionals at the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest2019. Themed “A Wild Beautiful Thing,” the festival will include performances, panels, book launches, readings, exhibitions, film screenings, and workshops. Among the star-studded guests for #LIPFest2019 are: […]

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Haute Couture | Aaishah Mayet | Poetry

There’s a piece that defies this collection: grotesque as an accessory, ill-fitting in form, gaping, lack-lustre, scratchy, suffocating. . .   How does one coordinate Vulnerability in an ensemble, when it stumbles on a catwalk lacking all finesse?   Masquerade, maybe? Dramatically sullen colour palettes? Billowing fabrics? To soften where it jars.   Such armour […]

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This Country’s Women | Three Poems by Kyle Malanda

This Country’s Women To survive, the women in my country hide secrets beneath breasts, at the curve of spine, between each hip: the first places shame ever licked us. Tucked at the corners of our wrappers bank notes folded into our modesty to trade at the market.   There, the caverns of our bodies rattle […]

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#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss her long-awaited poetry collection, This is How we Disappear, Chibok girls, womanhood, female victimization, and poetic form.  ***  Titilope Sonuga Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet, writer and performer who calls both Edmonton, Canada and Lagos, […]

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#PoetryTalk | Every Poem is Mystical and Every Poet a Mystic | Interview with Umar Abubakar Sidi

Umar Sidi is a helicopter pilot with the Nigerian Navy. He is the author of Striking the Strings, the poetry chapbook The Poet of Sand (Saraba) and the poetry collection The Poet of Dust (Konya Shams Rumi). His work has appeared in Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, and elsewhere. In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter […]

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Brittle Paper's Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

The year 2019 was full. While it is gone, its books are not. In December, we released our list of […]

The Caine Prize Enters Major 3-Year Partnership with The AKO Foundation, Becomes The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

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PRESS RELEASE: The AKO Foundation Offers Major Support to The Caine Prize for African Writing London, 29 January 2020 – […]

Apply to Be Logistics Manager for Book Buzz Foundation, Ake Festival, & Kaduna Festival

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Book Buzz Foundation, the NGO behind the Ake Arts and Book Festival and the Kaduna Arts and Book Festival, is […]

Event | Bernardine Evaristo & Marlon James in Conversation at The Heyman Center, Columbia University

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Bernardine Evaristo and Marlon James will be in conversation at Columbia University, New York, in March. The Booker Prize winners […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga on Reading Namwali Serpell, Zukiswa Wanner, & Why Ben Okri’s Latest Novel Is Like a Creative Writing Course

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The Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was recent featured in The Guardian‘s “Books That Made Me” series, in which authors answer […]

We Wait for You | Femi Ayo-Tubosun | Fiction

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BOTTLES AND GUNS are our way of life. When you travel on lonely roads, you look for us in every […]

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