Africa Writes 2019: Programme

Our Bodies Speak Poetry: Meet the Poets

Our Bodies Speak Poetry, our first headline event, is set to be an exciting evening filled with awe-inspiring storytelling, and a poetical exploration into our relationship with the (physical, political, and fantastical) body. The evening will open with a dance…

#EastAfricaArts Scoping Trip: Africa Writes visits Kigali

In March 2019 Africa Writes festival co-producers, Caitlin Pearson and Marcelle Akita, travelled to Rwanda and Kenya on a scoping trip funded by British Council to connect with literature professionals. This trip was especially important for this year’s festival programme,…

A Life Transcending Borders: The Legacy of Margaret Busby OBE

A Snapshot of Margaret Busby’s Illustrious Career Born in Accra to parents of Bajan, Trinidadian and Dominican origin, and educated in London University, Margaret Busby’s legacy certainly transcends borders. In the 1960s,  became Britain’s youngest and first black female book…

Meet the headliners – Africa Writes 2019

Africa Writes is back this summer with an exciting programme showcasing the best new writing from the continent and the diaspora, Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July at the British Library. As well as a vibrant day time programme…

Chigozie Obioma in conversation and The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma in conversation and The Fishermen Sunday 7 July, 15:30 – 18:30 £20 / £18 / £15 / £12 for RAS Members A double-bill of mythic Igbo traditions including a staged reading and a conversation with Chigozie Obioma   Man…

New Daughters of Africa

New Daughters of Africa Saturday 6 July, 19:00 – 20:30 £15 / £12 / £10 / £9 for RAS Members Celebrating Black women’s writing in a landmark anthology Twenty-five years after Margaret Busby’s landmark anthology Daughters of Africa, this new companion volume…

Our Bodies Speak Poetry

Our Bodies Speak Poetry (BSL Interpreted) Friday 5 July, 19:00 – 21:00 £12 / £8 / £7.20 for RAS Members An evening of intergenerational poetry and story-telling exploring the body as a site of power, possibilities and resistance.  What does the…