Jalada Africa announces new literature prize
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Jalada Africa announces new literature prize

Jalada Africa reminds me a lot of that cartoon Pinky and The Brain. In that cartoon, The Brain is a mouse who plans to take over the world. Pinky is the mouse who messes up all his world domination plans. The only difference between the people who run the Jalada Collective and Pinky and The […]

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One African fiction writer will go home with US$40,000 in November

I am getting news of a new opportunity for African writers who engage in fiction to win some extra dosh with the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards. The new awards are aimed at recognising extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. The winner […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Kampala 28th-31st January

Then there was Kampala, Uganda. Kampala is very important to the Writivism narrative as this was the country where the initiative was first implemented. The workshop at the biggest city in Uganda was at the Uganda Museum and facilitated by Nyana Kakoma and Dilman Dila. Nyana Kakoma is blogger in the dark art of the […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Dar es Salaam 23-25 January (Images)

While the folks in Johannesburg were living it up their workshop East Africa was busy doing the first of its workshops in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The three day workshop was being coordinated by Zukiswa Wanner and Ayeta Wangusa and the participants were Valerie Bah, Magunga Williams, Maimouna Jallow, Peter Ngila, Sima Mittal, Jacqueline Kamau, […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Johannesburg 23-25 January

Then there was Johannesburg. This has been considered by many to be the richest city in Africa, especially those pesky economist types. The creative writing workshop in this town was being run by Yewande Omotoso and Saaleha Idrees Bamjee. Omotoso is celebrating a “happy birthday” today (Happy Birthday to you!) but she isn’t just about […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Lagos 16-18 January

The Writivism Workshops continued to rock the African continent and after rocking Gaberone, Botswana the next stop in the road was Lagos, Nigeria. Here Basit Jamiu, Chidinma Ogarama, Chika Chimezie, Gbolahan Badmus, Kate Ekanem, Tolu Daniel, Ronke Adeleke, Salau Adeola, Uzome Ihejirika, Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna and Socrates Mbamalu would be given the tools to survive […]

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Lauren Beukes writes Wonder Woman!

You know how you run a blog and you start getting worried that its starting to look like you are running a shrine to a specific author? No? Well that’s how its looking this week with South African author Lauren Beukes. So a few days ago I was gushing about her announcement that her book […]

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Henrietta Rose-Innes on winning the Francoise Sommer Literary Prize

Author Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African with four books to her credit. The first two of her books Shark’s Egg (2001) and The Rock Alphabet (2004) were published by Kwela books. On her debut novel Shark’s Egg J.M. Coetzee had this to say, “Henrietta Rose-Innes writes an admirably taut, clean prose. Shark’s Egg is […]