African Literary Festival

Abantu Book Festival, Gaborone Book Festival, Pa Gya! Literary Festival announce dates.

Abantu Book Festival, Gaborone Book Festival, and Pa Gya! Literary Festival have announced the dates they will happen in three different African cities across Africa.

We keenly follow the events happening across the continent whether small or big here at JamesMurua.com. The small events are book launches or readings and the larger ones are literary festivals and/or book fairs. For the latter, we have a dedicated page where we regularly update the happenings in African literary festivals. This is one of our unique contributions to the writing community. You can see this year’s calendar of events across the continent, we are unabashedly Pan African, for those who plan on seeing your favourite writers, poets, and other literary personalities.

In the last week or so, several teams have announced the dates for their festivals this year. These include;

  • Abantu Book Festival 2020, Soweto, South Africa – December 3-6, 2020.

The Abantu Book Festival, founded by author Thando Mgqolozana, kicked off in Soweto to bring together South African readers and writers in 2016. The festival is one of the most beloved in the region bringing some of the best African writers and poets to meet increasingly large numbers of book-buying black readers. This year, the festival will be happening in its traditional Soweto home from December 3-6, 2020. The announcement was made on February 13, 2020.

  • Pa Gya! Literary Festival 2020, Accra, Ghana – October 16-18, 2020.

The Pa Gya! Literary Festival was started by the Writers Project of Ghana in conjunction with the Goethe Institut Accra in 2017. It has quickly become a must-attend festival in the West African region, especially where English speaking writers and readers are concerned. On February 13, the organisers announced the dates for the festival as October 16-18, 2020. If you are in Ghana, you want to start saving to buy plenty of books.

  • Gaborone Book Festival 2020, Gaborone, Botswana – September 17-21, 2020.

The Gaborone Book Festival started out in the capital of Botswana in 2018. By all reports, this is one of the fastest-growing festivals in Southern Africa. The festival this year, according to an announcement made on February 17, will be happening from September 17-21, 2020.

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