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Commonwealth writers seek non-fiction from Africa

Commonwealth Writers is an organisation that aims to unearth, develop and promote the best writing from across the Commonwealth. That’s the countries that used to be under British rule when they were the imminent power in the twentieth century. And Rwanda. And not Zimbabwe. Commonwealth Writers (CW) are the good folks who are behind the […]

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Two Africans make IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 shortlist

The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 shortlist has just been announced and two Africans have made the cut from the initial longlist. They are Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Americanah and Moroccan Mahi Binebine for Horses of God. Binebine’s book was originally written in French but translated to English by Lulu Norman. The IMPAC Dublin […]

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South Africa’s Shafinaaz Hassim for Malawi

Shafinaaz Hassim is a South African author, poet and sociologist. Her works include “Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion- A South African Perspective” (2007) and “Memoirs For Kimya” (2009). The most recent novel of the editor of “Belly of Fire: an anthology” (2011) is “SoPhia” (Nov,2012) a book dealing with domestic violence. She was […]

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A review of Ciku Kimeria’s Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges

Book: Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges Author: Ciku Kimeria Publisher: Self Year of publication: 2013 Number of pages: 127 Genre: Drama Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges is the debut novel of Kenyan writer Ciku Kimeria. The book tells the tale of married couple Njogu, his wife Wambui and Nyambura the mistress/side dish/mpango wa kando/small house/add […]

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Long Story Short: Niq Mhlongo next on line

South African author Niq Mhlongo is next in line for the Long Story Short project with his story Gollywood Drama being read by theatre heavy weight Mbali Kgosidintsi. The reading will be happening at 532 Love Lane Street, Hammanskraal (Hammanskraal Community Library) on 25th April. The Long Story Short Project aims at celebrating and elevating […]

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A snapshot of the Time of the Writer 2015

It was all happening at the from when a whole bunch of writers converged at Durban, South Africa on 16-21 March. This bunch of writers or is it gaggle of writers or a bar of writers or wit of writers or a… Anyway these writers from all corners of the continent were joined by a […]