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Third African Women Writers Symposium for Johannesburg

It seems like it’s all going down in the African literature calendar in September. Apart from the Open Books and the Storymojas, there are many other events that don’t have the same amount of interest but have personalities that we can’t ignore. Take for instance the 3rd African Women Writers that is set to happen […]

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The fisherman makes the Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist

The Fishermen a book by Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma and published by One/Pushkin Press has made the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize 2015. The Man Booker Prize is one of the richest in the world at US$50,000 with the winner being announced on 13th October. Some of the previous African winners of the […]

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Lauren Beukes and Mbali Vilakazi win South African Mbokodo Awards 2015

Lauren Beukes and Mbali Vilakazi were the big winners at this Friday’s Mbokodo Awards 2015 hosted at the Johannesburg City Hall. The Mbokodo awards are given to South African women who have done big things in the South African arts. The categories are quite a few and include Creative Writing, poetry, promotion of language and […]

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Images from the Mogadishu International Book Fair 2015

So the first ever Mogadishu International Book Fair happened in the Somalia capital from Aug 26-28 at the City Palace hotel. The festival stimulated the revival of all forms of art and human expression in Somali society will feature creative writing, story telling, poetry, oratory, drama, art and photography. Looking at the speakers who are […]

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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 […]