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Joint winners of Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 announced

The winners of this years Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 with £3000 on offer were announced yesterday. The joint winners are Safia Elhillo and Nick Makoha, poets who judges thought exemplify the quality and diversity of emerging African poetry. Sudan’s Elhillo lives in New York and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at […]

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Abuja Literary Society hosts sports fiction writer Michael Afenfia

The Abuja Literary Society is one of the major literary organizations in Abuja, Nigeria. It holds weekly events in the city, holding the phenomenally successful #BookJam@Silverbird on the last Friday of every month. After a brief hiatus, the Abuja Bookjam hosted Parrésia author, Michael Afenfia, on the 24th of April at the Silverbird Galleria, Abuja. […]

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Tendai Huchu is Zimbabwe author the year

The annual Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) is one of the most important events in the African community in the UK. The awards born in 2010 celebrate the best in talent, art, business, expression and achievement in the Zimbabwean community. This years awards were hosted at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on Saturday and gave […]

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Burt Award Kenya nominees 2015 named

The people in the running for the Burt Award, the richest prize in Kenyan literature at the moment, which is aimed at young adults have announced their 2015 nominees. The nominees for the 2015 Burt Award for African Literature which is run by the The National Book Development Council of Kenya are: 1) Charles Okoth […]

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A review of Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

Book: Broken Glass Author: Alain Mabanckou Translator: Helen Stevenson Publisher: Serpents Tail Year of publication: 2005 (French), 2009 ( English) Number of pages: 165 Broken Glass is a book by Alain Mabanckou an author from the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) who has written a raft of books including African Psycho (2003 French, 2009 English), […]

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Novels of Botswana in English launches in Gaberone; Lauri Kubuitsile in Sweden

A new academic book, Novels from Botswana written in English from 1930 to 2006, was launched in at the University of Botswana Bookstore in Gaberone, Botswana last week. The book is written by Dr Mary Lederer. Professor Arua E. Arua of the UB’s Department of English was the master of ceremonies. You can read more […]

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Caine Prize for African writing 2015 shortlist announced

The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. They are Namwali Serpell (Zambia), South Africans Masande Ntshanga and F. T. Kola (South Africa), Nigerians Elnathan John and Segun Afolabi. The Chair of judges, Zoë Wicomb described the shortlist […]