Throwback Thursday: Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker Assia Djebar
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Throwback Thursday: Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker Assia Djebar

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday where we shining a light on some of the best writers from a time gone by we focus on Assia Djebar. Assia Djebar was the pen name of Fatima-Zohra Imalayen, an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Djebar, who was born on 30 June 1936, was known for her commitment […]

African Writers Trust’s Moonscapes anthology launches at the Goethe Nairobi
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African Writers Trust’s Moonscapes anthology launches at the Goethe Nairobi

The African Writers Trust’s Moonscapes: Short Stories and Poetry anthology made its Nairobi debut at the Goethe Nairobi on February 9th, 2017. The event included speeches by the trust’s Diana Santiago and a keynote address by Isaac Otidi Amuke. Excerpts from three of the stories in the anthology were read at the event by the […]

Anietie Isong’s Radio Sunrise shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read 2017
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Anietie Isong’s Radio Sunrise shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read 2017

Radio Sunrise, by Anietie Isong has been shortlisted for the Kingston University Big Read project. The novel is one of the six shortlisted titles to be considered for staff and students to read before the 2017 academic year begins. Radio Sunrise, published in January 2017 by Jacaranda Books, is a hilarious, yet sobering take on […]

Dr Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Lemn Sissay for Uganda International Writers Conference 2017
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Dr Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Lemn Sissay for Uganda International Writers Conference 2017

The third biennial Uganda International Writers Conference 2017 will happen in Kampala, Uganda from 6th to 8th March, 2017. The festival, hosted by the African Writers Trust, will have the theme “contemporary publishing trends in Africa. “ Dozens of writers and publishers from Africa and the diaspora will converge on Kampala, Uganda for what is […]

Hargeysa International Book Fair’s Jama Musse Jama hosted in Nairobi
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Hargeysa International Book Fair’s Jama Musse Jama hosted in Nairobi

Hargeysa International Book Fair’s Jama Musse Jama was hosted for an evening of Somali Literature, Culture and Heritage in Nairobi at the British Institute of East Africa on February 7th, 2017. The evening organised by the Rift Valley Forum celebrated the fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre. Jama Musse Jama and […]

Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 call out (English and French)
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Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 call out (English and French)

The Writivism Short Story Prize, an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), has made a call out for submissions. The French call out can be found here. The Writivism Prize was born in 2013 and it has since the supported literary careers for hundreds of emerging […]

Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera
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Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday, we cast a light on Zimbabwe author and Editor Yvonne Vera. Yvonne Vera who was born on September 19, 1964 and passed on  April 7, 2005 was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are […]

Storymoja Festival 2017 seeks your artist applications
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Storymoja Festival 2017 seeks your artist applications

Storymoja Festival 2017 seeks your artist applications for this year’s festival with its “Black Peace” theme. The festival runs from 27th September to 1st October 2017. The Storymoja Festival has been an important space for the Kenyan creative community over the last decade. It has been hosting up to 9,000 guests to experience some of […]

Awele Creative Trust unveils ACT AWARD 2016 longlist
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Awele Creative Trust unveils ACT AWARD 2016 longlist

The Awele Creative Trust has unveiled its ACT AWARD 2016 longlist of thirteen writers. This is for entries made from September 1 – December 1, 2016. Awele Creative Trust (ACT) is a non-profit trust formed in 2013 to provide a platform and enabling environment for creative young persons in Nigeria through literature and arts. Previous winners […]

Meet the mentors of Writivism 2017
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Meet the mentors of Writivism 2017

Writivism has unveiled its mentors for 2017. Those mentoring in English will be, Chuma Nwokolo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Dami Ajayi, Yewande Omotoso, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Emmanuel Iduma, Karen Jennings, and Lidudumalingani. In French mentoring will be done by Richard Ali, Marcus Boni TEIGA, and Pierre Cherruau. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, […]