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About Africa Writes
Africa Writes festival is a celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora, brought to you by The Royal African Society and presented in partnership the British Library. The eighth edition of the festival takes place Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July 2019.

Launched in 2012, every year Africa Writes showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, family workshops, and other activities. Our previous headline speakers have been Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ngugi wa Thiong’o with son Mukoma wa Ngugi, Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ben Okri, Nawal El Saadawi and Alain Mabanckou.

About the RAS
The Royal African Society is a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. Through our events, publications and digital channels we facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa across academia, business, politics, culture and education. We amplify African voices and interests, reaching a network of more than one million people globally. royalafricansociety.org

About our Partners
Africa Writes is organised by The Royal African Society in partnership with a host of like-minded organisations and individuals. Africa Writes 2018 is brought to you by the Royal African Society and presented in partnership with the British Library. The festival is made possible through the financial support of Arts Council England, British Council and Miles Morland Foundation and the partnership of these institutions and organisations: British Library, 4th Estate, AFREADA, Africa Book Centre, Africa in Words, Afrikult., Book Love, BookTrust, Books & Rhymes, bookshy, BORN::FREE, Cassava Republic, Embassy of Angola, Hurst, Huza Press, Igbo Conference, Igbo Cultural and Support Network, Kinna Reads, Literary Natives, Little, Brown and Company, Mayor of London, Myriad, Nataal, New Beacon Books, New Perspectives, Nick Hern Books, October Gallery, One Dance UK, One World, Penguin Random House, Royal Society of Literature, Saqi Books, Shubbak Festival, Storymoja, Taste Black History, The Africa Show, The Caine Prize for African Writing, The Voice, Trapeze, Wasafiri Magazine, Writivism and Yanga TV


About the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website – www.bl.uk – every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.

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