Pa Gya! Literary festival 2018

An action packed Pa Gya! Literary festival 2018 is set to happen in Accra, Ghana from October 19-21, 2018.

The Pa Gya! Literary festival first hosted in Accra in 2017 was organised by the Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe-Institut Accra. The festival had a very good line-up for a first run with Niq Mhlongo, Sabata Mpho-Mokae, Eghosa Imasuen, Adewale Maja-Pearce, Kangni Alem, and Nii Ayikwei Parkes featuring. The festival highlight were the conversation and poetry readings with Ama Ata Aidoo and Kobena Eyi Acquah.

The 2018 edition of the festival is set for this weekend and the activities are even more ambitious that the previous year with workshops, readings of poetry and prose, panel discussions, and more on offer. Here’s what to look out for.


  • Writing and Rioting: Women’s Use of the Pen by Marcelle Mateki Akita, Zaahida Nabagereka and Keren Lasme.
  • Young Adult Fiction by Mamle Kabu.
  • Short Fiction by Chuma Nwokolo and Billy Kahora.
  • Blogging by Kirsty Osei-Bempong and Esther Naa Dzamah.
  • Poetry by Efe Paul Azino and Nana Asaase.
  • Fiction by Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Dzekashu McViban.
  • How to Unleash your Creative Mind in Writing by Mo Issa and Nesta Erskine.


  • Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Biographies featuring Kwesi Amoak, Mo Issa, and Ebenezer Amankwah.
  • Creative Writing Programs in Ghana featuring H L Daniel, Nana Achampong, Billy Kahora moderated by Nana Nyarko Boateng.
  • Memory and History as writing genres featuring Manu Herbstein, Ayesha Haruna Attah, and Philomena Mintah.
  • Discussion on Contemporary Children’s Writing and Publishing in Ghana featuring Aisha Nelson, Dela Avemaga, Raymond Tuvi, Sarah Odedina moderated by Deborah Ahenkorah.
  • Translations and Literature in West Africa featuring Cal Avono, Renaud Dosavi, Sabata-mpho Mokae, and Dzekashu McViban.
  • Libraries and their contribution to reading culture featuring Sylvia Arthur, Samuel Nikoi.


  • Of Women and Frogs by Bisi Adjapon moderated by Kinna Likimani.
  • Becoming Inner by K A Benneh.
  • The Sea Has Drowned The Fish moderated by Mamle Kabu.
  • Kenkey For Ewes by Dakpabli & Associates.
  • Cocoa’s Kisses by H L Daniel.


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  • The Hundred Wells of Salaga, Ayesha Harruna Atta.
  • Forest Girl, Empi Baryeh.
  • The Shimmer in The Photo Album, Golda Addo.
  • Face Off With The International MP, Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng.
  • Nii Ayikwei Parkes moderated by Kobby Graham.
  • Billy Kahora moderated by Chuma Nwokolo.
  • Plays by Mrs Akyeampong moderated by Bernard Akoi-Jackson.
  • Poetry Readings by Efe Paul, Fred Agbogbli.

For the whole schedule from Accra, please click here. If you are in Accra, have at it.