Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 longlist out
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Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 longlist out

The longlist for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 in association with Porcupine Ridge has been announced. The Alan Paton Award which is 27 this year celebrates a book that presents “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power”, […]

The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize 2016 Longlist out
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The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize 2016 Longlist out

The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize which was formerly the Sunday Times Fiction Prize have announced the long list of twenty five writers were announced yesterday. Some of the previous winners of the prize which is worth R100,000 are Sifiso Mzobe,  Imraan Coovadia, Ivan Vladislavic and Zakes Mda. Publishers from our most Southernmost nation have been hard at work and […]

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Chimamanda Adichie feature on Black Identity series
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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Chimamanda Adichie feature on Black Identity series

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie and Taiye Selasi feature in a new series that speaks about Black identity by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is an art museum north of Copenhagen, Denmark that produce weekly videos on art, literature, music, design and architecture. Their Vimeo channel describes themselves as having, “videos on the arts, featuring […]

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 […]