Here is a list of African literary events for October 2016. We keep updating.

3rd – 8th October 2016

Kistrech Poetry Festival 2016

Kistrech Poetry Festival 2016

Venue: Kisii University, Kisii.

Tuesday, October 4

Kwani Open Mic present Ngartia


Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre

Entry: Kes 300 at the door. Limited advance tickets only via M-pesa “Till Number”

Event: No one wants a black woman with a mouth


Venue: The Market Theatre, Cnr Bree & Miriam Makeba Street, Johannesburg.
Time: 7pm
Ticket: R95 (Pre-booked), R120 (at the door).

Thursday October 6

Book Launch: The God Who Makes Mistakes by Ekow Duker


Pan Macmillan and Exclusive Books invite you to join us at the launch of Ekow Duker’s new novel The God Who Made Mistakes.

Venue: Exclusive Books Rosebank
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP: [email protected] or 011 447 3028

Nigeria Prize for Literature reading

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Elnathan John at Thought Pyramid Art Centre at 7pm. Elnathan John and I in conversation. Readings. Questions. Book signing and free books.

Nigeria Prize for Literature shortlisted Elnathan John and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim interview each other, talk about each other’s work and maybe reveal a secret or two.

Venue: Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18 Libreville Crescent, Wuse 2
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm prompt.

Literary Crossroads with Ngwatilo Mawiyoo and Phillippa Yaa De Villiers

Literary Crossroads with Ngwatilo Mawiyoo and Phillippa Yaa De Villiers

Venue: Goethe Institut, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Time: 19:00hrs

Saturday October 8th

Text Book Centre Book Club discusses Homegoing by Yaa GyasiJoin us for our October Book Club Meetup! This is our fifth meetup and we are excited. The last four have been amazing and we look forward to seeing you there.
Whether it’s your first time or you are already a member, we promise to keep you entertained. We’ll be discussing the book Homegoing. So carry your copy or get one from this link here at 10% discount (Valid for this month only).
Stay tuned for a great poetry performance. Refreshments will be served.

Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Time: 10:00 am – 12 noon
Entry is Free

Sunday October 9th , 2016

The Ben Kiwanuka Memorial Poetry Night


Featuring Kagayi Peter, Rushongoza Begumya

Venue: Makere University

Time: 7-9pm

October 10-15

Event: Poetry Africa

Bassey Ikpi
Bassey Ikpi

Some of the best poets on the continent for 20th edition of Poetry Africa festival in Durban, South Africa from 10-15 October 2016.

Venue: Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within UKZN’s College of Humanities, Durban.
More information here.

Wednesday October 13

Chuma Nwokolo in IbadanBook event: The House that Fiction Built by Chuma Nwokolo

Venue: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

October 14th

Author’s Talk

Felix Nnodus
Felix Nnodus

Theme: Social Media for Literary Transformation
Venue: Ovie Brume Foundation: 29a Gafar Animashahun Street, Off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Time: 2 P.M. prompt

More information; here and here.

Friday, October 21

Event: Freedom Spoken Words

Event: Freedom Spoken Words An evening of spoken word with Echezonachukwu Nduka Venue: Goethe Institut, Lagos
An evening of spoken word with Echezonachukwu Nduka

Venue: Goethe Institut, Lagos

October 26-30

Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPF)

Lagos International Poetry Festival 2016

The theme for this years festival is “Paging the Future”

Thursday October 27th

Literary Crossroads – Conversation with African Poets

Literary Crossroads - Conversation with African Poets

This edition in collaboration with Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPF) features Jumoke Verissimo and Dami Ajayi from Nigeria in conversation with Mandi Vundla and Afurakan from South Africa. More information here

October 28-31st

Les Ateliers De La Pensee

Les Ateliers De La Pensee

Venue: Ventre Ville De Dakar, Dakar, Senegal, More information