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Ayesha Harruna Attah on Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Awards 2021 shortlist.

Ayesha Harruna Attah’s The Deep Blue Between is on the shortlist of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Awards 2021 announced on May 20, 2021. You can now vote for her to win the prize.

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, first awarded in 2016, is an international prize that supports and celebrates the best adventure writing today. The prize named after South African novelist Wilbur Smith and open to writers of any nationality, writing in English, is a production of the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation. Smith’s work specialises in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families.

The judging panel this year comprises Jon Coates, Dwayne Fields, and Pip Stewart; this year the public will also get an opportunity to vote on the best book. The longlist of twelve books from around the English-speaking world for the awards were announced on May 6 before the shortlist reveal.

Ayesha Harruna Attah’s book The Deep Blue Between described as “a teen feminist epic of love, courage and determination, as twin sisters try to find each other again in 19th-century West Africa and Brazil” has made the shortlist.

This year, the public gets an opportunity to vote for their favourite writer in the published category and off course we here will be rushing to vote for the Black writer in the list in Ayesha Harruna Attah. For you to vote for Attah you can get information at the following address.

The winner of this year’s Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize will be revealed at a special online ceremony on 8th September 2021.

Listen to Ayesha on our literary podcast below;


By James Murua

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

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