A lackluster Machakos regional bookfair 2016
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A lackluster Machakos regional bookfair 2016

The Machakos regional bookfair 2016 was hosted at the basketball court of the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on 8-11th June 2016. While it was a great opportunity for publishers to get some sales in, the crowds from Machakos County didn’t seem convinced. Every year for the last nineteen years, the Kenya Publishers Association has hosted […]

Storymoja Festival 2016 for Ghana this year; not Kenya
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Storymoja Festival 2016 for Ghana this year; not Kenya

The popular Storymoja Festival 2016 will not be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya this year. The event will be happening in Accra, Ghana from 21-25 September instead. The Storymoja Festival started as an event of friends and family in 2007 and grew into a cannot-ignore-festival on the African scene. As one who had observed the growth […]

Etisalat Prize 2015 tour: winner and shortlistees invade Nairobi
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Etisalat Prize 2015 tour: winner and shortlistees invade Nairobi

Etisalat Prize 2015 tour: The Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 is set to hold a series of literary events in Nairobi from Wednesday, June 15th – Saturday, June 18th 2016. The event will be aimed at celebrating the shortlisted writers and winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is […]

South African misses out on Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016
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South African misses out on Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016

The winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 was announced and sadly for us rabid Africa watchers it went to another continent. The winner of this years “battle of the continents” was Indian Parashar Kulkarni for his story ‘Cow and Company’. The award was presented by Man Booker Prize Winner and former short story […]

Yaounde International Book Exhibition 2016 now on
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Yaounde International Book Exhibition 2016 now on

The Yaounde International Book Exhibition 2016 kicked off in Yaounde, Cameroon earlier today and will run from 2-6 June. The theme of the fair is, “The Book: Vector of Integration and Development.” The proper French name for the event, which was first hosted in 2013, is Salon international du livre de Yaoundé (Silya 2016). The […]

New Etisalat Prize Judges 2016 seek your entry (Self-published folks need not apply)
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New Etisalat Prize Judges 2016 seek your entry (Self-published folks need not apply)

The Etisalat Prize Judges 2016 were announced yesterday and they are already looking for your submissions. Only books by debutant authors from publishing houses who have published in the last 24 months are eligible. The current holder of the prize is Fiston Mujila who was announced a few months ago. The judges for the Etisalat […]

Ibadan Poetry Foundation Residency 2016 shortlist announced
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Ibadan Poetry Foundation Residency 2016 shortlist announced

Ibadan Poetry Foundation has announced its shortlist for the Ibadan Poetry Foundation Residency 2016. Ibadan Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organisation. It is committed to inspiring, creating opportunities and promoting poetry in Nigerian culture. The relatively new organisation’s most standout its mentorship and residency programme targeted at poets who want to improve their craft. […]

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor speaks Displacement & Refuge at Goethe Nairobi
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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor speaks Displacement & Refuge at Goethe Nairobi

The Goethe in Nairobi has been hosting a series of events titled “Displacement & Refuge” where experts and authors speak about the pain of displacement after conflict. The first of these happened in 31st March 2016 as German author Tanja Dückers and poet and writer SitawaNamwalie spoke about this issue. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was a […]