Asmara Addis Literary Festival (In Exile) for Brussels in February.

The Asmara Addis Literary Festival (In Exile) is set for Brussels, Belgium on February 9, 2019.  The festival is a creation of Eritrean novelist Sulaiman Addonia.

Sulaiman Addonia, a novelist who fled Eritrea as a child refugee, made a splash with debut novel The Consequences of Love which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and translated into more than 20 languages. His newest novel published by Indigo Press is Silence is My Mother Tongue and we really enjoyed it.

Sulaiman Addonia
Sulaiman Addonia

Addonia who lives in Brussels, Belgium announced on Twitter about a new literary festival featuring African writers and other literary players from Eritrea, Ethiopia and the rest of the continent. The festival he calls “a love letter to his parent’s countries” is supported by the African department at Bozar Brussels & the Commune of Ixelles, in collaboration with the Afropolitan festival, Bozar. It will be a one-day extravaganza starting and ending on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in the author’s European home city.

Some of those who will feature at this festival are Maaza Mengiste, Minna Salami, Nadifa Mohamed, Chike Frankie Edozien, Saleh Addonia, Soheila Mehri, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Amina Jama, Meron Estefanos, Hazel Thomas, Vanessa Tsehaye, Desta Haile, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Rachida Lamrabet.

The thread explaining announcing the festival, its guest and events goes like this;


If you are in Brussels on February 9, we recommend that you check out this event.