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A snapshot of the Cairo Book Fair 2015

The Cairo Book Fair happened in the Egyptian capital on 28th January – 12th February. Formerly one of the biggest fairs on the continent, it wasn’t spared by the revolution that spread across North Africa and toppled leaders in 2011. Our correspondent in Cairo Lena Naassana gives us a snapshot of the fair that is […]

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Time of a Writer 2015 authors announced

The Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South African yesterday announced the authors who will be doing their thing at the 18th edition of The Time of A Writer set for 16 and 21 March. In a word, the line up can only be described as… awesome. Check out this list; NoViolet Bulawayo, […]

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Ugandan poet Harriet Anena showcases in Kampala

Femrite is one of the most organised female collectives in the publishing industry on the continent. It has been described as more than just a feminist publisher by some but in truth what they do is as feminist as it gets. In a good way. This year, the organisation has been doing a series of […]

Countdown to the Caine Prize 2015 shortlist, workshop in Ghana
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Countdown to the Caine Prize 2015 shortlist, workshop in Ghana

The Caine Prize folks have announced their entry tally for this years shortlist and its a big number; 153 entries. Its a huge number if you consider that all these entries are from publishers in the African space. It is actually a record for the fifteen year old highly rated prize. With the prizes in, […]

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African Literary Writer’s Residency Award call for applications

I remember the joy of hearing that Nii Ayikwei Parkes having being selected for Sylt Foundation Residency in July last year. He went and did his residency and we hope to see his sojourn bearing fruit (I work in Kenyan media and I have to use “bearing fruit” phrase in my reports; its part of […]

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Storymoja breaks Kenya’s national reading record

According to Guinness World Records™, the record for the most people reading aloud from the same document simultaneously is 223,363 participants at 909 venues across the United States for an event organized by Walden Media on December 13, 2006. The good people at Storymoja have been gunning to break that record for the last few […]

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The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 entries sought

The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 is now open for business. The award provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities and is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local […]

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Malawi Writers Union in support of beleaguered Sudan Writers Union

Yesterday I blogged that the license for the Sudanese Writers Union (SWU) had been revoked by the ministry of culture of that country making it very difficult to do their activities. As of writing that piece the people who come out in strongly in solidarity with Sudanese Writers were the Association of Nigerian Authors, Canadian […]