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2015 Short Story Day Africa Prize Shortlist announced

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 […]

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Writivism 2016 Workshop Facilitators announced

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 […]

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600 posts as we welcome in the new JamesMurua.com

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.

Kampala Writer’s Conference 2015: Wairimu Mwangi’s photos
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Kampala Writer’s Conference 2015: Wairimu Mwangi’s photos

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 […]

Association of Nigerian Authors/Yusuf Ali workshop participants announced
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Association of Nigerian Authors/Yusuf Ali workshop participants announced

For the last three years, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has run the ANA/Yusuf Ali Reading Campaign with generous funding from Yusuf Ali SAN, an eminent Nigerian lawyer and strong supporter of literature. These campaigns have been executed at the local chapter level and have been exclusively targeted at secondary schools, getting students to […]

South African Literary Awards 2015 nominees announced
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South African Literary Awards 2015 nominees announced

Celebrating 10 years of growth and exhilarating success, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) will honour over 10 South African authors at a celebratory awards ceremony to be held at Tshwane Events Centre, Tshwane, Gauteng Province on November 7, 2015. The awards given are the Poetry Award, Literary Translators Award, Lifetime Achievement Literary Award, Posthumous […]

Jamaican Marlon James is the Man Booker Prize winner 2015
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Jamaican Marlon James is the Man Booker Prize winner 2015

They announced the winner for the Man Booker Prize 2015 and the winner is Jamaican novelist Marlon James for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. He has published two other novels, The Book of Night Women and John Crow’s Devil. He beat Chigozie Obioma whose entry The Fishermen was in the running as […]

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Expound Magazine seeks out your submissions

EXPOUND is an online magazine that aims to celebrate new literature published by Nigerian Wale Owoade who is also its managing editor. The publication aims at reengineering African Literature by bridging the differences between writings from Africa and other parts of the world. Expound is currently working on its fourth annual Special Issue, The Dirty […]

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No ladies and gentlemen, Ngugi Didn’t win the Nobel Prize 2015

They have just announced the Nobel Prize for Literature and the winner this year is…. once again, despite unfounded rumours, most definitely NOT Ngugi. Its Svetlana Alexievich a Belarusian investigative journalist, ornithologist and prose writer. We can all wait for the speculation from the world media that you’d expect to ensue; Did the Nobel committee […]