Academia Kenya

Dr Micere Mugo to give annual British Institute Lecture

Dr Micere Mugo will give the annual British Institute in East Africa Lecture on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 7 pm EAT/4 pm GMT. Her discussant will be Dr Besi Muhonja. The British Institute in Eastern Africa exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region […]

Festivals South Africa

Time of the Writer 2022 for Durban in March.

Time of the Writer 2022 will be hosted at the seaside town of Durban, South Africa from March 14-21, 2022. Time of the Writer is a literary festival that has been hosted in Durban, South Africa since it first ran in 1996.  Organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, it has hosted […]


Jahazi Journal Vol 10 launches in Nairobi.

The tenth edition of the Jahazi Journal launched at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Friday, February 11, 2022. Jahazi is an arts & culture journal that builds bridges between theory & practice founded by late performing artist, director, playwright, storyteller, poet, and academic Bantu Mwaura in 2006. The tenth edition of the journal was introduced […]

South Africa Transition

South African Literary Awards founder Sindiswa Seakhoa has passed away.

Poet, musician, and South African Literary Awards founder Sindiswa Seakhoa passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Sindiswa Seakhoa was a South African poet and musician whose greatest achievement was the foundation of the South African Literary Awards or the SALAs. The SALAs, founded in 2005, “pays tribute to South African writers who have distinguished […]

Advocacy Uganda

Ugandan lawyer and writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija flees into exile.

Ugandan lawyer and writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has fled into exile. Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is a Ugandan lawyer and writer of The Greedy Barbarian and Banana Republic: Where Writing is Treasonous. He was named the PEN 2021 Pinter International Writer of Courage Award which he was given by Tsitsi Dangarembga in October. In December, he wrote a […]

Festivals Namibia

Doek Literary Festival 2022 set for Windhoek, Namibia in April.

The Doek Literary Festival 2022, the inaugural edition, is set to run in Windhoek, Namibia from April 21-23, 2022. In the last couple of years, Namibia has been coming to the fore of the African literary revolution with the Doek organization at the fore. They started with the literary journal Doekwhich introduced many new names […]

Awards Fiction South Africa United Kingdom

Natasha Brown, Damon Galgut on Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 shortlist

Natasha Brown and Damon Galgut are on the shortlist for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 announced on February 9, 2022. The Rathbones Folio Prize, worth £30,000, is a literary award currently sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management that first ran in 2014–2015. Previous winners have been George Saunders, Akhil Sharma, Hisham Matar, Richard Lloyd Parry, Raymond […]

Awards Nigeria

The Future Awards Africa Prize 2022 nominees announced.

TJ Benson, Arinze Ifeakandu, and Eloghosa Osunde are the literature nominees at Nigeria’s Future Awards Africa Prize 2022. The revelation was made on February 6, 2022. The Future Awards Africa recognizes and celebrates figures in a myriad of fields, between the ages of 18 and 31, who have done remarkable work during the past year. […]

Festivals Kenya Kiswahili

Swahili Literary Festival 2022 is set for Mombasa, Kilifi in March.

The Swahili Literary Festival 2022 is set to happen in Mombasa and Kilifi, Kenya from March 18-20, 2022. The festival theme is “Exploring language(s) and Boundaries.” The announcement was made on February 10, 2022. In March 2019, the Hekaya Initiative organised the Swahili Literary Festival in Mombasa. It featured panels covering issues of interest to […]

Callouts Fiction Nonfiction Poetry

Opportunities for writers, poets, and publishers for February 2022.

In our continuing series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in February 2022. These callouts are divided into prizes, journals, and education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies). Education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies) The Rock Retreat, Gibraltar The Rock Retreat Residency is for aspiring writers and artists […]

Awards Fiction Nigeria

Awele Creative Trust Award 2021 longlist revealed.

The longlist for the Awele Creative Trust Award 2021 was announced on Monday, February 7, 2021. Awele Creative Trust is a non-profit organisation created to provide an enabling environment and platform for creative young persons founded by Chika Unigwe. Its annual prize the Awele Creative Trust Award, valued at ₦50,000, rewards a short story of […]

Awards Fiction Poetry United Kingdom

Rachel Long, Caleb Azumah Nelson on UK’s Sunday Times Young Writer Award shortlist.

Rachel Long and Caleb Azumah Nelson are on the shortlist for the Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Trust Young Writer of the Year Award 2022 announced on January 23, 2022. The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Trust Young Writer of the Year award is a literary prize awarded to a British author under the age of 35 […]

Festivals Trinidad and Tobago

NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2022 kicks off on April 28

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2022, Trinidad and Tobago’s leading literary festival, runs from April 28 – May 1, 2022. The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is a literary festival that takes place annually during the last weekend of April in the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Inaugurated in 2011, it is the first major […]

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Island Prize for a Debut Novel 2022 longlist announced.

The longlist for inaugural Island Prize for a Debut Novel from Africa was announced on Monday, February 7, 2022. The Island Prize for a Debut Novel from Africa is a prize from Holland House Books (UK), Karavan Press (SA) as well as Booker Prize longlistee Karen Jennings. It is aimed at giving writers from Africa […]

Events Ghana

Bisi Adjapon for Goethe-Insitut’s Virtually Yours for February 12

The featured book for the Goethe-Institut “Virtually Yours” series for February is Bisi Adjapon’s debut novel The Keeper of Secrets.  The event which happens on February 12, 2022, will kick off at 4 pm GMT, 5 pm WAT, 6 pm CAT, and 7 pm EAT. Virtually Yours is a project of Goethe-Institut Sub Saharan Africa, […]