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 The award provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities and is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30.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Yesterday I blogged that the license for the Sudanese Writers Union (SWU) had been revoked by the ministry of culture of that country making it very difficult to do their activities.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 […]

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Support comes in for embattled Sudanese Writers Union

The license for the Sudanese Writers Union (SWU) was revoked on 29th January by the ministry of culture of that country. The revocation has been described as a wider crackdown by authorities on centers believed to be pro-opposition. This means that the organisation registered in 2006 to hold cultural and intellectual seminars, film screenings and […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor makes Folio Prize 2015 shortlist

In December last year I wrote a blog about The Folio Prize, the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world published in the UK. When I mentioned it the interest for me was that there were three Africans on the list: South African author Damon Galgut, Ethiopian born Mengestu […]

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No Valentines Day plans? Ankara got you sorted

Its Valentines Day on Saturday and Ankara Press have your back for the big day. They have commissioned Toni Kan, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Binyavanga Wainaina, Chuma Nwokolo, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Edwige-Renée Dro and Hawa Jande Kolakai to write romance stories for your reading pleasure. Also on board are seven talented translators, including Chikodili Emelumadu, Kola […]

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 […]