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Caine Prize 2014 judges announced

The judges for  the Caine Prize 2014 have been announced. The judging panel will be chaired by award-winning author Jackie Kay. She will be joined by the distinguished novelist and playwright  Gillian Slovo, Zimbabwean journalist Percy Zvomuya, assistant professor of English at the University of  Georgetown Dr Nicole Rizzuto and the winner of the Caine […]

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Writivism and Daystar Creatives on this weekend

Its good to be an aspiring writer on the continent right now what with opportunities to learn the craft available to allow you to possibly become the next big thing in writing. For those in Nairobi you want to head over to Daystar University where they are currently running their weekly Daystar Creatives program for […]

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MG Vassanji launches The Magic of Saida in Nairobi

Canadian MG Vassanji is an author with some serious cred going for him having won awards like the world was about to end in his long career. The include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Giller Prize, Bressani Literary Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. With those prizes you would imagine that we wouldn’t have too much […]

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Commonwealth Writers non-fiction workshop for Uganda

Not everyone can write fiction. That’s not really a bad thing if you think about it as there are other forms of expressing yourself in the written word like memoir, literary reportage, essays et al. For those who want to get into that part of the writing game then the Commonwealth Short Story Prize cats […]

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Outted in South Africa: A review of Zukiswa Wanner’s Men of the South

It seems that this story with Binyavanga Wainaina coming out guns blazing about his sexuality isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, last night Binya last night added fuel to that fire was on Jeff Koinange Live alongside Valentine Njoroge talking about the issue and gave their feelings about it. Strongly. I’m not letting […]

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Jalada Africa’s first short story anthology out

Jalada Africa is a pan-African writers’ collective aimed at publishing literature by African authors regularly. The idea is to make it as easy as possible for any member to publish anything or execute any literary project as quickly and effectively as possible. I ran into a meeting of the collective a few weeks ago when […]

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Outted in Nigeria: review of Jude Dibia’s Walking with Shadows

Book: Walking With Shadows Writer: Jude Dibia Publisher: BlackSands Books Year of publication: 2005 Number of pages: 255 In which a gay Lagos executive is outted by a colleague and how it affects him and his family. It was all fun and games in Nairobi as we awaited Binyavanga Wainaina’s latest literary baby The Africa39 […]