Sunday Times Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced
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Sunday Times Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards 2016 were announced over the weekend. There are two awards available to the writers in the awards; the nonfiction category is called the Alan Patton Award while the fiction category is called the Barry Ronge Prize. Both prizes named after famous South African white men. The Alan […]

Artist in Residency 2016 recipients announced
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Artist in Residency 2016 recipients announced

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Lauren Ann Beukes, Victor Ehighale Ehikhamenor, Yared Zeleke and Fathy Adly Salama are the Artists In Residency recipients at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. They were selected from the longlist that was announced in December 2015. These artists will now take part in the Artists In Residency (AIR) programme which has […]

The latest edition of Chimuranga’s Chronic is out now!
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The latest edition of Chimuranga’s Chronic is out now!

Chimuranga’s Chronic, pan-African gazette from the South African based organisation is out now for your reading pleasure. Chimurenga is a publication of arts, culture and politics from and about Africa and its diasporas founded and edited by Ntone Edjabe. Both the magazine’s name (Chimurenga is a Shona word that loosely translates as “liberation struggle”) and the content capture the connection between […]

Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016 winners announced
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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016 winners announced

The joint winners of the 2016 Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016 are Nigerians Gbenga Adesina and Chekwube O. Danladi. They will share the £3000 prize money, the second time this has happened as last year there were also joint winners. The Brunel University African Poetry Prize, a major poetry prize of aimed at the development, celebration and promotion […]

Tope Folarin makes Caine Prize 2016 shortlist (We need new Caines)
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Tope Folarin makes Caine Prize 2016 shortlist (We need new Caines)

Caine Prize winner 2013 Tope Folarin made the Caine Prize 2016 shortlist that was announced earlier today. The Caine Prize shortlist 2016 was announced today and those who are in the running for this prize are; Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for The Lifebloom Gift published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African […]

Petina Gappah receives Zimbabwe Achiever Awards gong
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Petina Gappah receives Zimbabwe Achiever Awards gong

Petina Gappah received the Zimbabwe Achiever Award gong for services to Arts and Media in Harare North (London), UK on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. Petina Gappah has been having a very good year. Her long awaited book The Book of Memory came out recently and was longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Literature although it […]

Four anthologies to submit your stories today
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Four anthologies to submit your stories today

For those who are looking for spaces to submit your stories, here are four anthologies that are excellent options. Lesotho Story Anthology To promote short story writing from Lesotho, Ba re e ne re is proud to announce our first story Anthology. We know that our fertile landscape, from the mountains to the streets, cultivates the fresh stories of […]

Tunisia’s Golden Comar Prize 2016 handed out
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Tunisia’s Golden Comar Prize 2016 handed out

Tunisia’s leading literary prize The Golden Comar Prize 2016 was handed out at a ceremony in Tunis on April 30, 2016. Ali Znaidi recently reported on his blog which focuses on Tunisian literature about the recently held Golden Comar Prize. The prize was created in 1997 by the insurance company Assurances Comar (Tunisie) to support literary creation, […]

Mbe Mbhele and Mpho Matsitle books debut at #RutanangBookFair
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Mbe Mbhele and Mpho Matsitle books debut at #RutanangBookFair

Mbe Mbhele’s and Mpho Matsitle made their debut on Thursday, 27th April 2016 at the Rutanang Book Fair in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The two books are published by South Africa’s Sankara Publishers. Mbe Mbhele and Mpho Matsitle called “the terrible twins of black literature” by some were the stars as they introduced their new books, […]