Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s book for January 2014 release

Kenyan writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor entered the literary scene with a blaze of glory in 2003 as she won the Caine Prize for African writing. It was for Weight of Whispers,  a haunting tale of a Rwandan man who was in the upper class of that society who finds himself in Kenya just as the […]

Events Kenya

Short story writer Temo Buliro enters the Kenyan literature fray

The Kenyan literature scene is a very fluid concept. Promises so much but delivery is much lower than the hype. We are always for the next big thing to tout as… well… the next big thing. Last night what could be considered the real next big thing emerged; Temo Buliro. The Nairobi born writer was […]


Fancy yourself a science fiction writer? Here’s one for you.

Do you fancy that you can write science fiction that would amaze the world and don’t want to worry about competing with Hollywood types? The try AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers. This was the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions from across Africa and abroad. […]

New Books Nonfiction South Africa

Pumla Gqola book A Rebel Called Simphiwe now in stores

Just after being appointed the chair of the new Etisalat Prize for African writing Wits University professor Pumla Gqola’s latest book A renegade called Simphiwe is now in South African stores. The book is set to be launched in Johannesburg on the fourth of July. The book is a look at South African singer and […]


Writers make it a memorable Sunday Salon

That Eric Wainaina place that used to be called Kifaru Gardens and is now called Elephant House was where all the roads led to on Sunday afternoon for the literary inclined for Sunday Salon. The Sunday Salon is an event where literature fans got to hear writers read their own work in a relaxed environment. […]

Awards Childrens literature

Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature 2013

The fifth annual Golden Baobab Prize, a literary award that invites entries of unpublished African-inspired stories written for young audiences below the age of twelve is here. The mission of the Golden Baobab Prize is to inspire African writers to create enthralling African stories that will inspire the imaginations of generations of African children. Your […]

Awards Ghana Kenya Liberia Nigeria Uganda

Two Kenyans on announced Kwani Manuscript prize short list

The Kwani Trust was started a over decade ago to ensure that literature from this part of the world grew. Their latest attempt at this is the Kwani Manuscript Prize supported by Lambent Foundation and Ford Foundation which saw those who entered get a chance to win the following prizes; 1st Prize: 300 000 KShs […]

Events Kenya South Africa

The British are coming! (Granta young novelists in town)

The Sunday Salon was a really great event that debuted a few years ago and was the brain child of our old friends from the Kwani Trust. The event usually had several writers read their works at the Kengeles in Lavington on a Sunday afternoon. It’s a pretty quiet setting so you could interact with […]


Anyone for a literal Day of the African Child?

Today is the Day of the African Child. For those not in the know this is the day in 1976 when a bunch of kids in Soweto decided that they won’t learn in Africaans in schools and went to the streets to protest. Now the children of Soweto and all South Africa have the opportunity […]


The Olare Mara Kempinski library; opportunities abound.

Last year, I visited one of the most beautiful wildlife destinations on the planet; The Maasai Mara. At that place, I was a guest at the Olare Mara Kempinski which is in the Olare Orok Conservancy. Suffice to say that the place is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of staying; […]


Introducing the Etisalat Africa prize for literature

Alrighty folks. Here is another prize for you to try and get your mitts on if you fancy yourself a writer of no mean repute. Wednesday saw the introduction of the Etisalat Prize for African literature in Lagos Nigeria. Yes, the Nigeria that beat our Harambee Stars at the football yesterday. This new prize from […]

Film South Africa

Lauren Beukes book for Leonardo Dicaprio TV production company

It looks like author Lauren Beukes is going all the way as her book The Shining Girls gets signed up by MRC and Leonardo Dicaprio production company Appian Way. I came upon this information from the Hollywood Reporter as I tried to distract myself from watching the Groove Awards happening in Nairobi right now. I […]