Golden Baobab Prize 2016 launches on International Children’s Book Day
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Golden Baobab Prize 2016 launches on International Children’s Book Day

The New Golden Baobab Prize launched on the International Children’s Book Day which was on Saturday 4nd April 2016. International Children’s Book Day is an annual event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People that was first celebrated in 1967. It is hosted on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2. Andersen you […]

Shadreck Chikoti’s Imagine Africa 500 anthology out on April 30
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Shadreck Chikoti’s Imagine Africa 500 anthology out on April 30

The Imagine Africa 500 anthology featuring some of the continent’s leading names in speculative fiction this month. It will make its online debut on April 30. In November last year, I spoke about a workshop hosted by the Story Club in Malawi was facilitated by Billy Kahora, Jackee Batanda and Beatrice Lamwaka. Those at the workshop were […]

Nigerians, South Africans feature on Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 shortlist
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Nigerians, South Africans feature on Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 shortlist

Four South Africans and three Nigerians featured on the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 announced earlier today. The Nigerians are Lausdeus Chiegboka, Enyeribe Ibegwam and Oyinkan Braithwaite while the South Africans are Mark Winkler, Cat Hellisen, Faraaz Mahomed and Andrew Salomon. These writers are seven of the twenty six who were shortlisted from the nearly 4000 […]

Pemi Aguda is first Writivism Stellenbosch University writing residency recipient
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Pemi Aguda is first Writivism Stellenbosch University writing residency recipient

Pemi Aguda is the first recipient of the new residency for African writers announced today by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and South Africa’s Stellenbosch University English department. This new residency for emerging African Writers gets basic funding from the Miles Morland Foundation with the university supporting the programme in kind. Apart from […]

Caine Prize Workshop 2016 in Zambia concludes
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Caine Prize Workshop 2016 in Zambia concludes

The annual Caine Prize Workshop ended yesterday at the Chaminuka Lodge near Lusaka, Zambia. The participants included previous winners of the Caine Prize, those shortlisted as well as some who would be considered future stars. The writers at the workshop included 2015 Caine Prize winner, Namwali Serpell (Zambia), 2014 winner Okwiri Oduor (Kenya), 2013 winner […]

Ciku Kimeria teases new novel in Short Story Day interview
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Ciku Kimeria teases new novel in Short Story Day interview

Ciku Kimeria has given an interview with Short Story Day Africa where she speaks about a variety of issues include what compels her to write, lessons from self-publishing as well teasing her new novel. Ciku Kimeria burst onto the literary scene with her book Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges in 2013 which I have reviewed […]

Sitawa Namwalie speaks on displacement at Goethe Nairobi
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Sitawa Namwalie speaks on displacement at Goethe Nairobi

Syria is on fire. Between the Syrian government and the terror group ISIS, a human crisis has hit the world, resulting in one of the biggest tragedies of displacement in recent memory. One of the countries offering refuge to the displaced Syrians is Germany. Renowned German author Tanja Dückers will be the first guest expected […]

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o story stars in latest Jalada Anthology
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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o story stars in latest Jalada Anthology

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s story The Upright Revolution (or Why Humans Walk Upright) is the story at the centre of Jalada Africa’s latest anthology dubbed The Translation Issue. The story which was initially written in Kikuyu and translated into English by Kenya’s leading author is a folk tale about the human body parts and a battle […]