African and Black Literature events for May 2021

We give you a list of events from across the African and Black Literature world you can attend in May 2021. To add your event, please contact us.

Saturday, May 1

Event: Chimeka Garricks will be at Roving Heights Victoria Island
Event Type:
Reading and Book signing
Venue: Roving Heights, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Language: English
Information: on poster

Chimeka Garricks will be at Roving Heights Victoria Island for a reading and signing session for his book “A Broken People’s Playlist”.

Sunday, May 2

 

Monday, May 3

 

Tuesday, May 4

Event: The Renunciations: Donna Kelly in conversation with Nikky Finney
Event Type: Author chat
Venue: Facebook Live (Virtual)
Language: English
Information: Click here. (also on poster)

Charis welcomes Donika Kelly in conversation with Nikky Finney for a celebration of The Renunciations: Poems. In this gorgeous and heartrending second collection by the award-winning poet Donika Kelly, we find the home that one builds inside oneself after reckoning with a legacy of trauma—a home whose construction starts “with a razing”. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis’ virtual event platform.

Wednesday, May 5

Event: Join the Reading Revolution with Muthoni Garland
Event Type: Reading
Venue: Facebook Live (Virtual)
Language: English
Information: Click here. (also on poster)

If you want to hide something from an African, put it in a book.’ How can we change this narrative as Africans? Join our reading revolutionary Muthoni Garland and James Murua, tomorrow, Wednesday 5th May at 7pm as they discuss the reading revolution set to take place on June 16th. #Kusomanipoa #Storymojareadaloud

Thursday, May 6

 

Friday, May 7

Event: Literature and the Politics of the Past in Southern Africa: Petina Gappah and Elleke Boehmer in conversation
Event Type: Reading/discussion
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here.

Petina Gappah
Petina Gappah

In this public online event, acclaimed authors Petina Gappah and Elleke Boehmer engage in a dialogue around the theme ‘the politics of the past’, with a special focus on Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. Drawing on their professional, personal and literary perspectives, they will address questions related to the role played by various versions of the past in diverse political discourses and projects. In addition to their reflections and conversations, each writer will read from their own texts. There will be time towards the end for Q&A. The event will be hosted and moderated by cultural and literary scholar, Astrid Rasch.

Saturday, May 8

Event: Virtually Yours with Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Event Type: Reading/discussion
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Language: English
Information: Click here.

Goethe-Institut’s Virtual Gatherings – with contemporary authors from Africa. Virtually Yours aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions held once a month from October have featured Niq Mhlongo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tendai Huchu, and Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda.

In May, the featured writer for Virtual Gathering is award-winning Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor from Kenya. One of her books, “The Dragonfly Sea” explores the life of a young woman struggling to find her place in a vast world of morality, fate, live and loss.

Sunday, May 9

 

Monday, May 10

 

Tuesday, May 11

 

Wednesday, May 12

Event: Cheeky Natives in conversation with Peace Adzo Media
Event Type: livestream
Time: 18:00 (South African Standard Time)
Venue: Virtual (YouTube Facebook, Twitter)
Language: English
Information: Click here.

South African Cheeky Natives will be in conversation with Peace Adzo Media about her book His Only Wife.

Thursday, May 13

Event: The CAS Annual Lecture with Ellah Wakatama -We Have New Names- wonderful stories”
Event Type: Keynote address
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Language: English
Information: Click here.

Join CAS for the annual lecture of the year, with Ellah Wakatama, Editor-at-Large for Canongate. The title of this event is a response to NoViolet Bulawayo’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel, We Need New Names. Wakatama will be exploring how new movements in genre fiction by writers from Africa and her Diaspora are providing new definitions and telling new stories about the past, present and future. The lens of this talk stems from a publisher/editor’s perspective, with a focus on the meaning and impact of the works from a ‘professional reader’s’ perspective.

Friday, May 14

 

Saturday, May 15

Event: Yolande Mukagasana will be in conversation with Zoe Norridge and Kristen Stern
Event Type: Panel
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Language: English
Information: Click here.

Huza Press (Kigali) and Authors.Café (Devon) have announced a new collaborative literary programme featuring book launches and creative writing workshops. In the event, Yolande Mukagasana will be in conversation with Zoe Norridge and Kristen Stern about the process of writing and translating her powerful testimony Not My Time to Die. Not My Time to Die was the first Rwandan-authored literary testimony of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda published in French in 1997 and now available in English for the first time.

Event: The Morning After: A Guide for Media Reporting and Prevention of Suicide in Nigeria
Event Type:
Book launch
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: On poster.

The Morning After: A Guide for Media Reporting and Prevention of Suicide in Nigeria is an insightful book on how to handle a major mental health problem hardly discussed in Nigeria—suicide. With chilling statistics and anecdotal references, Olufemi Oluwatayo and Martins Ifijeh reveal that there is an urgent need for sensitivity in the way suicides are reported in Nigeria, and they proffer solutions on how to prevent this silent public health challenge. The Morning After is a major work that should provoke a serious conversation on why many Nigerians are now taking their own lives.

Sunday, May 16

 

Monday, May 17

 

Tuesday, May 18

Event: PEN World Voices Festival: Opening Night featuring Imbolo Mbue
Event Type:
Festival
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here or on poster.

In a riveting opening night conversation moderated by Maria Hinojosa of Latino USA, whose recent memoir Once I Was You intimately explored America’s ongoing immigration crisis, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Imbolo Mbue confront questions of how to reconcile our collective pasts, challenging and reframing contested histories underlying today’s inequities.

Wednesday, May 19

Event: Wasafiri presents Transformative Testimonies: Transformative Fictions
Event Type: Panel
Venue: Virtual
Language: English, French, Spanish,
Information: Click here.

Can the act of writing fiction be a form of reconciliation? What does fiction allow to happen that other forms of writing do not? In this panel talk, Inés Garland (Argentina), Daniel Ferreira (Colombia), Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda) and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya) discuss the possibilities of healing, renewal and transformation in fiction. This is a multi-lingual event, which has French, Spanish, and English speakers on the panel. The event will be subtitled in English.

 

Thursday, May 20

 

Friday, May 21

 

Saturday, May 22

 

Sunday, May 23

 

Monday, May 24

Event: Kei Miller’s new essay collection Things I Have Withheld launch
Event Type: Book launch
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here.

Kei Miller’s new essay collection Things I Have Withheld is a moving, lyrical and provocative work exploring the meanings of silence and the things we cannot say. The online book launch will include special guest appearances from Booker Prize-winning novelist Marlon James and celebrated poet and academic Tanya Shirley, both of whom will be in conversation with Kei. There will also be an opportunity for guests to ask the author questions.

Tuesday, May 25

Event: Fred Khumalo launches A Coat of Many Colours
Event Type: Book launch
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: On Poster.

Fred Khumalo’s latest book A Coat of Many Colours launches with Lorraine Sithole moderating.

Tuesday, May 25

Event: Nadifa Mohamed and Razia Iqbal in conversation
Event Type: Author chat
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here.

Nadifa Mohamed
Nadifa Mohamed

Join the Royal Society of Literature and Sevenoaks Bookshop for a conversation with RSL Fellow Nadifa Mohamed and BBC journalist Razia Iqbal in the days before Mohamed’s latest novel, The Fortune Men, is published. Exploring forgotten and recent Black British history, this discussion will take us into the world of Mohamed’s exquisite and confronting prose, and ask whether the truth can really be enough to save us.

Wednesday, May 26

Event: Talkin meh Talk: My words set me free
Event Type: Panel
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here. (on poster)

This event is the last in a series of three online educational events by the London Metropolitan Archives Radical Voices: Yesterday – Today. Delving into the sound archives of Guyanese-born activists and publishers Jessica & Eric Huntley. London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) holds the documents of Jessica and Eric Huntley, radical book publishers and pioneering Black political activists, prolifically involved with the British African – Caribbean community’s experience. Audio from these archives has been recently digitised by the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project at LMA.

Thursday, May 27

 

Friday, May 28

 

Saturday, May 29

 

Sunday, May 30

 

Monday, May 31

Event: Monique Roffey at the Hay Festival
Event Type: Panel
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here. (on poster)

Monique Roffey features at this year’s edition of the Hay Festival

 

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