The Lagos Book & Art Festival is set to happen at the Freedom Park in Lagos from November 13 – 15. This year’s festival which is the 17th edition will be dedicated to the memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa who fought for the rights of the Ogoni people and was executed by a very bad man […]
Donald Molosi and Chinelo Okparanta will be making an appearance at The Mantle and Shakespeare & Co in New York, USA to read from their latest work and discuss the integral role history plays in their work. We all love Donald on this side of the pond. Many of us were introduced to him at […]
The Sillerman First Book Prize has started to become one of the best prizes for African poets to show their chops in world poetry. Past winners of the prize include 2014 winner Ladan Osman and 2013 winner Clifton Gachagua, whose collection Madman at Kilifi was released as part of this year’s African Poetry Book series. […]
There’s yet another gong for our African literary supernova folks. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s second novel Half of a Yellow Sun has been selected the best of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, as chosen by the Chairs of judges of the past ten years. Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in […]
The Namibian Book Fair happened this October at the Polytechnic of Namibia and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre both of which are based in Windhoek the capital of the Southern African nation. The first edition of the Namibia Book Fair happened in 2012 and was organized by Yambeka, the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) and the […]
This might just be for folks like me who want to get this whole poetry thing. Of for you who wants to get to up your poetry game. Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, the folks that gave us the only poetry prize we seem to know about around has come together with the Uganda Travel Bureau […]
Short Story Day Africa has just announced the short list for the R10 000 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction. Over 450 entries were received for the Prize from over two dozen countries, from writers both living on the African continent and in the African diaspora. These were cut down to 21 in […]
The facilitators who will be running the 2016 writing workshops in cities around the continent have been announced. They will be Yewande Omotoso, Edwige-Renee Dro, Richard Ali Mutu, Sitawa Namwalie and Mamadou Diallo. We have covered Yewande Omotoso a lot on this blog; she has been very active in the writing thing for the last […]
JamesMurua.com has a new look and feel to it after 599 posts and two years and three months.
This blog has been running for the last two years and something on love and passion. The project has been welcomed by many and I am happy to have played a small part in the African literary tradition.
So from 6-11 October folks from all over the place were in Kampala for the Kampala Writer’s Conference 2015. This is a conference that makes all of us realise yet again that the Uganda literature industry is not playing anymore. So the conference at the Pan-African Freedom Square organisers Kahini invited writers from any country […]