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Twelve writers for Caine Prize workshop 2015 in Ghana

The Caine Prize workshop is one of those events that come along once a year. In these workshops which have been happening since 2003, writers who were shortlisted for the Caine Prize in the previous year are joined by other promising writers. They are mentored by experienced writers on the craft of writing. The workshops […]

Thando Mgqolozana’s Epic Easter Facebook Status
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Thando Mgqolozana’s Epic Easter Facebook Status

It was an epic Good Friday from some folks. Thando Mgqolozana, author of A Man Who is Not a Man, Hear Me Alone and Un-importance, posted a status about his days as a meat eater slowly coming to an end. Here is the full status; “It has taken a lot of effort from me to […]

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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s June homecoming

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o will be coming back to Kenya in June this year for a series of gigs to celebrate his first book Weep Not Child which was published in 1964. Weep Not, Child was written by the author under the pen name James Ngugi when he was a student at Makerere University. It deals […]

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Five Africans on Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015 Shortlist

The good people at the Commonwealth Short Story Prize have announced those who have made the shortlist for this years award. The five Africans on the list are Alexander Ikawah, Fred Khumalo, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jayne Bauling and Muthoni wa Gichuru. The prize which attracted nearly 4000 entries had Leila Aboulela, Fred D’Aguiar, Marina Endicott, […]

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Writers Project of Ghana nominated for Ghana’s Social Media Awards

The Writers Project of Ghana is an international literary organisation based in Ghana and the USA dedicated to working with Ghanaian writers & readers to explore and affirm their identity and culture. The organisation has been doing a series of activities to ensure that the Ghanaian writer gets their work out. They are the originators […]

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Joe Frazier kicks off Ghana Voices Series 2015

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly event where authors read their work to an audience that was started in 2010 at the Niagara Plus Hotel in Osu in Accra. That first event in June of that year featured Martin Egblewogbe reading from his collection of short stories, Mr Happy and the Hammer of God. […]

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Ciku Kimeria, Ndiritu Wahome play to packed Goethe Nairobi

The Goethe Institut in Nairobi was packed to the rafters for the second edition of their “Conversations with African writers” series. The first in the series happened a few months ago with Kinyanjui Kombani being moderated by our favourite actor/teacher/playwright John Sibi-Okumu. Last Thursday early evening the authors on stage were Ciku Kimeria and Ndiritu […]

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Four Africans make Man Booker International Prize finalist list

The Man Booker International Prize highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. It seeks out literary excellence the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. Both prizes strive to recognise and reward the finest modern literature. The an award goes with a handy £60,000. The judges […]