Efe Paul Azino, Heran Abate, and Joseph Kaifala are off to residencies in different parts of the world.
Residencies are an important part of the writer or poet experience as they get to stay in one place and work on their craft without the usual worries. This is because at many of the better residencies, the artist is catered to financially and otherwise giving them peace of mind as they work. Some of the best novels and poetry collections have been written in these kinds of environments which support the creative process.
Here are a few African writers headed off to residencies in different parts of the world.
- Efe Paul Azino for Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre residency.
The Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre was established in 2018 by Moniack Mhor and the British Council to honour Muriel Sparks inspirational, international life and work. Headed out for this residency is Efe Paul Azino who co-founded the Lagos International Poetry Festival and is the director of poetry at the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival. His first poetry collection For Broken Men Who Cross Often was published by Farafina Books in 2015; his second collection, The Tragedy of Falling with Laughter Stuck in Your Throat, is due out in 2019.
2. Heran Abate for Djerassi Residency, USA
Djerassi Resident Artists Program co-founded in 1979 by Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the birth control pill, and Diane Middlebrook is recognized internationally for its pre-eminence as an artist residency. Heading for this residency will be Ethiopian Emmy award-winning filmmaker and creative non-fiction writer Heran Abate who also dabbles in other mediums of storytelling.
3. Joseph Kaifala for Instituto Sacatar, Brazil.
Instituto Sacatar is a non-profit arts foundation based in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, which sponsors artistic fellowships/residencies for creative individuals of all disciplines. Joseph Kaifala, the Sierra Leone author of Adamalui: a Survivor’s Journey from Civil War in Africa to Life in America and Free Slaves, Freetown, and the Sierra Leonean Civil War will be making his way to Brazil for his literary residency.