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Images from Esther Armah’s August gig

We have been covering the Writers Project of Ghana this year and August was no different. The featured writer was Esther Armah who has quite a resume where the arts is concerned. She also worked for 10 years as a print, radio and TV journalist with BBC in London and has been on BBC Focus […]

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Namwali Serpell’s African invasion

Namwali Serpell became an instant celebrity in July this year when she was crowned Caine Prize winner. She also opted to shock and awe all involved when she decided that instead of going home with the 10,000 pound prize she shared out the prize money equally with fellow shortlisters. So why would many be willing […]

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Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature 2015 shortlists announced

The Kenya Publishers Association has announced its shortlists for this years edition for the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. The prize, which is handed out once every two years, is in the following categories; English adult, Kiswahili adult, English Youth, Kiswahili Youth, English children’s and Kiswahili children’s. One author who always features at this award […]

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Poets, novelists for South African Mbokodo Awards

The Mbokodo Awards are presented annually to recognise women in the arts, highlighting the contribution by women in the ongoing development of the arts in South Africa. As you can expect, there are ladies who have been nominated for this award who we cover regularly on this blog. In creative writing those nominated are Rehana […]

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 now open

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 entries are now open for all comers with a deadline of 1 November 2015. The prize which is open to all citizens of countries once colonised by the British Commonwealth countries bring stories from new and emerging voices to the attention of an international audience. If you feel that […]

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Short Story Day Africa 2015 longlist announced

Short Story Day Africa has announced the longlist of this year’s anthology. The stories from writers from across the continent explored the theme “Water” in interesting and unexpected ways, and both the readers and the SSDA team and editors felt the collection to be exceptional in scope and skill. The twenty one stories will now […]