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African literary Podcast Episode 2

This podcast has been divided into three general sections starting with a news section in two part. That will be followed by the book review of A General Theory Of Oblivion by Angolan writer Jose Eduardo Agualusa. The last part will be an interview with centre for creative arts acting director Chipo Zhou.

You can listen to the full podcast here

General news

I speak briefly about the World Storytelling Day on March 20 and World Poetry Day on March 21, the new Nnedi Okafor comic series Wakanda Forever commissioned by Marvel Comics and coming in July. Also featured is the fact that African Writers Series books are now readily available courtesy of the Digitalback Books and David Rubadiri being feted in Blantyre, Malawi by PEN Malawi.

African literary Festivals

We speak about Time of the Writer 2018 and Hargeysa International Book Fair 2018


We speak about Ayobami Adebayo’s Wellcome Literary Award shortlist as well as the shortlist of eight poets for the Brunel African Poetry Prize

Looking forward

I cast an eye on the upcoming events featuring Dami Ajayi at the Goethe-Institut Accra Ghana on March 28, Nii Ayikwei Parkes performing poetry in Kampala Uganda on March 25, and Niq Mhlongo and Zukiswa Wanner joint book launch of Soweto Under the Apricot tree and Hardly Working respectively in Mpumalanga on the morrow.

Book review

I’m review A General Theory Of Oblivion by Angolan writer Jose Eduardo Agualusa.


I interview the Centre for Creative Arts Acting Director Chipo Zhou who was at the head of the team organising Time of the Writer this year. She speaks about managing the expectations from her first year, Durban as UNESCO city of literature, Poetry African which is coming soon as well as advising new festivals organisers who might want to start their own.

You can listen to the full podcast here


By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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