Caiphus Mangenela wins Bessie Head Short Story Competition 2016
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Caiphus Mangenela wins Bessie Head Short Story Competition 2016

Caiphus Mangenela is the winner of the Bessie Head Short Story Competition 2016 for his story A Mother Amongst The Stars. Mangenela was awarded his prize at a ceremony on Sunday 18 September 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. Bessie Head who wrote novels, short fiction and autobiographical works and passed away in 1986 is usually considered […]

A snapshot of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2016
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A snapshot of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2016

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2016 happened at the Harare Gardens from July 25 to 30. The theme of this year’s book fair was “Igniting Interest in Reading for Sustainable Development”. The official opening ceremony was presided over by Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr. Lazarus Dokora on July 27 and as you would […]

Nathacha Appanah , Leila Slimani make Prix Goncourt 2016 shortlist
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Nathacha Appanah , Leila Slimani make Prix Goncourt 2016 shortlist

Mautirius born Nathacha Appanah and Algerian born Leila Slimani are on France’s top literary prize the Prix Goncourt 2016 shortlist. The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given by the académie Goncourt to the author of “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year”. Four other prizes are also awarded: prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (first novel), prix […]

Shadreck Chikoti to headline Zambia’s Tilembe Literary Festival 2016
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Shadreck Chikoti to headline Zambia’s Tilembe Literary Festival 2016

Shadreck Chikoti will be the headline guest of the Tilembe Literary Festival the first in Zambia’s history. The literary festival has been making its march into the African continent and Zambia is the latest to answer the call. The country’s National Arts Council has initiated the Southern African country’s first literary festival called the Tilembe […]

Prof Mirko Tavosanis at Italian Cultural Institute
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Prof Mirko Tavosanis at Italian Cultural Institute

Prof Mirko Tavosanis (University of Pisa, Italy), Professor of Italian Linguistics and Professional Writing in the Humanities Computing Degree Programme, University of Pisa Languages, writers, electronic communication will be speaking at the Italian Cultural Institute on 15th September  at 6pm 2016. Please note: A previous blog had mentioned that Ngugi Wa Thiong’o was to attend […]

Residencies galore: Ukamaka Olisakwe, Zukiswa Wanner, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
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Residencies galore: Ukamaka Olisakwe, Zukiswa Wanner, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

African writers like Ukamaka Olisakwe, Zukiswa Wanner, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and others are currently either in the middle of or headed to residencies galore. “Artist-in-residence programs and other residency opportunities exist to invite artists, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. They provide a […]

The Enkare Review seeks your prose, poetry, letters and essays
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The Enkare Review seeks your prose, poetry, letters and essays

The Enkare Review seeks your prose, poetry, letters and essays for their latest edition. The Enkare Review is a quarterly magazine that aims to discover new, vibrant voices in the literary scape and to give these creatives a platform to showcase their talent. Based in Nairobi, but accepting submissions from all over the world, they […]

Zukiswa Wanner is Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 judge
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Zukiswa Wanner is Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 judge

Zukiswa Wanner is the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 judge for the Africa region. As mentioned recently, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 is now open for business. You the entrant will have judges’ select five winning writers and if you win share a total prize money of £15,000. The overall winner receives £5,000, one of […]