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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 shortlistees announced

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is an annual poetry prize aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa with a prize money of £3000. Pretty good for poetry. The prize is sponsored by Brunel University a public research university located in London, UK and Commonwealth Writers. The shortlist for the 2015 […]

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Dilman Dila meets Napo Masheane at Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

I’m starting to notice a pattern with these folks from Germany’s Goethe Institut. Its looking like these fellows are the one’s hosting a lot of the really cool literary events on the African continent be it Authors talk in Nigeria or Conversations with African Authors in Kenya. This month alone there shall be one event […]

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Nigerian author Diekoye Oyeyinka at the African Magic Awards

The biggest thing in African TV, or anyone with a GOTV decoder like myself, on Saturday night was the screening of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2015. The AMVCAs usually hosted in Lagos, Nigeria are the hottest property and everyone who is everyone in the entertainment industry on the continent watches to see […]

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Short Sharp Stories Award to feature at Mzansi’s National Arts Festival

The “Short Sharp Stories Award” for South African short-story fiction curated by Joanne Hichens is presented each year by the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The awards create a publishing platform for both established and emerging writers in South Africa. The winning writers have their stories in an annual anthology of selected stories with a […]

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Ndiritu Wahome and Ciku Kimeria for Goethe Nairobi

Kenyan writers Ndiritu Wahome and Ciku Kimeria will be the authors who will be discussing their books at the “Conversation with African writers” series at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi on Thursday March 19th. They will be facilitated by facilitated by Khainga O’ Okwemba. I’ve talked about Ciku Kimeria on this blog before. She is […]

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Images from 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 photo gallery of the fair that […]

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Nigeria’s Kate Ekanem to unleash debut novel at Authors Talk Lagos

Kate Ekanem is a writer who started writing at the age of five and by age eighteen, the girl child activist, had started an initiative called The Kate Tales Foundation. It advocates for girl child education, curates art exhibitions and support emerging writers development and women empowerment. Malala who? The Foundation will be hosting Authors […]