Water Birds on the Lakeshore AfroYA Anthology

The cover for Water Birds on the Lakeshore, the anthology of Goethe Institut’s AfroYoungAdult project has been revealed.

In September 2018, the Goethe Institut announced a new project for writers of young adult fiction on the continent. The project called AfroYoungAdult, coordinated by publisher and novelist Zukiswa Wanner, aimed at shining a light on fiction for young adults, a demographic often ignored in writing circles. To this end, the Goethe-Institut invited aspiring African writers interested in writing for Young Adults to submit short stories in Kiswahili, English or French.

Those who submitted entries and qualified attended workshops in Accra, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Johannesburg, Lagos, Lome, and Nairobi moderated by some of the most respected names in African writing today. On March 1, the seventeen writers whose stories would be featured in the anthology were announced.

The cover for the anthology Water Birds on the Lakeshore, edited by Zukiswa Wanner, has been revealed on the AfroYoungAdult twitter account. Here it is.

The anthology will officially be launched at the Ake Book and Arts Festival 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria in October.