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Golden Baobab 2014 shortlist out

The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced their shortlisted writers for 2014. I’ve been following story for a bit with some interest as this is the most credible prize for Children’s Literature on the continent. Talented African writers and illustrators go home with $20,000 in prize money as well as publishing and training opportunities. The shortlisted […]

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Zimbabwe Writers literary evening moderated by Monica Cheru

Writer and newspaper editor Monica Cheru led the discussions in the literary evening featuring the work of three writers, Vitalis Nyawayaranda, Tinashe Muchuri and Virginia Phiri on Thursday evening. The event at the Book Café in Harare was organized by the Zimbabwe Writers Association saw the writers read from their works. Tinashe Muchuri is the […]

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​Port Harcourt Lit Fest hosts the Africa 39

Last week was the Port Harcourt Literature Festival in the city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The highlight was of course the Africa 39 writers who were in town as part of the World Book Capital 2014 celebrations in the Nigerian coastal town. Reports from the writers state that there are better organised festivals. The […]

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Meshack Asare wins prestigious Prize for children’s literature

Ghanaian Meshack Asare is the winner of this years 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. The award was announced by World Literature Today, the award-winning magazine of international literature and culture on Friday. The Neustadt International Prize for Literature awarded every two years recognizes great accomplishments in the world of children’s storytelling. A check […]

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Margie Orford elected to board of PEN International

South African writer and PEN SA President Margie Orford has been elected to the international board of PEN International. She follows the South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer who was appointed Vice President of PEN International, a position she held until her death. Orford is well known as journo who has written for The Guardian, […]

Jalada’s Afrofuture anthology is coming; be afraid, be very afraid
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Jalada’s Afrofuture anthology is coming; be afraid, be very afraid

Jalada’s Afrofuture anthology: Jalada Africa has announced that their newest anthology with the “Afrofuture” theme will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public on January 2015. They have given a sneak peak of the anthology with a non-fiction piece on visual artist Wangechi Mutu and her career by Binyanvanga Wainaina. The hottest new thing in the […]

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Somali author Diriye Osman wins Polaris Prize 2014

Somali author Diriye Osman has become the first African to win the Polari First Book Prize for his collection of short stories entitled Fairytales for Lost Children. So who is this Osman? He is a Somali-British short story writer, essayist, critic and visual artist who insists that we write our own stories. His writing has […]

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Fare thee well Dr Ali Mazrui

Dr Ali Mazrui is dead. The good doctor who had been unwell died in the US earlier today and shall be flow back home to be buried in his beloved continent. Daktari who was born in Mombasa, Kenya was an academic, professor, and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. He was […]