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Joe Frazier kicks off Ghana Voices Series 2015

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly event where authors read their work to an audience that was started in 2010 at the Niagara Plus Hotel in Osu in Accra. That first event in June of that year featured Martin Egblewogbe reading from his collection of short stories, Mr Happy and the Hammer of God. […]

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Ciku Kimeria, Ndiritu Wahome play to packed Goethe Nairobi

The Goethe Institut in Nairobi was packed to the rafters for the second edition of their “Conversations with African writers” series. The first in the series happened a few months ago with Kinyanjui Kombani being moderated by our favourite actor/teacher/playwright John Sibi-Okumu. Last Thursday early evening the authors on stage were Ciku Kimeria and Ndiritu […]

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Four Africans make Man Booker International Prize finalist list

The Man Booker International Prize highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. It seeks out literary excellence the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. Both prizes strive to recognise and reward the finest modern literature. The an award goes with a handy £60,000. The judges […]

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Teju Cole makes PEN USA Literary Awards 2015 longlist

PEN International is a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. The US version of PEN announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards, spanning fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, translation, and more on 12th March. The finalists will be announced on April 15 […]

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Kenyan literary matriarch Grace Ogot has passed on

It’s not been a great time for Kenya’s literary matriarchs in recent times. In 2011 we said goodbye to Margaret Ogola the writer of The River and The Source and my personal favourite Mandate of the People. We then said goodbye to Asenath Odaga probably our greatest female writer and the first to set up […]