Numbi Arts Presents: The Story of Us by Hanna Ali

Numbi Arts Presents: The Story of Us by Hanna Ali Saturday 30 June, British Library 15:30 – 17:00 Join us for a reading and an inter-generational conversation about contemporary Somali literature. We will be exploring the process of archiving new…

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Saturday 30 June, British Library 15:45 – 16:30 Exploring the metaphysics of identity and being, and the mysteries of self. Irenosen Okojie chairs this pre-launch of Emezi’s highly-anticipated debut. About the book Ada has always been…

Cameroonian Literature 101

Cameroonian Literature 101 Saturday 30 June, British Library 16:30 – 17:30 With Dzekashu MacViban of Bakwa Magazine in conversation with Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed. From Mongo Beti to Imbolo Mbue, Cameroon has produced many world-class writers. Come and explore key writers and…

Elsewhere, Home by Leila Aboulela

Elsewhere, Home by Leila Aboulela Saturday 30 June, British Library 16:45 – 17:15 Book launch with Leila Aboulela in conversation with Sheila Ruiz. From the heat of Khartoum at the height of summer to the wintery streets of London, from…

Hargeysa International Book Fair Pop-Up

Hargeysa International Book Fair Pop-Up Saturday 30 June, British Library 17:15 – 18:45 Launching the Hargeysa Breeze poetry collection from Somaliland with Mpalive Msiska, Martin Orwin and Jama Musse Jama. Founded in 2008, the Hargeysa International Book Fair is an…

2018 Caine Prize Conversation

2018 Caine Prize Conversation Saturday 30 June, British Library 17:30 – 18:45 With shortlisted writers Nonyelum Ekwempu, Stacy Hardy, Olufunke Ogundimu, Makena Onjerika, and Wole Talabi. Chaired by Doreen Baingana. The annual Caine Prize aims to bring African writing to…

New Writing from Uganda

New Writing from Uganda Sunday 1 July 11:15 – 12:15 With Nick Makoha, Maria Kakinda and Mahdu Krishnan. This event showcases new perspectives on conflict and development, written by young people and collected in the Odokonyero short fiction anthology. Through…

The Making and Re-making of Zimbabwe

The Making and Re-making of Zimbabwe Sunday 1 July, British Library 11:30 – 12:45 With Panashe Chigumadzi and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma. Chaired by Ranka Primorac. Spanning fifty tumultuous years in southern Africa, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s debut novel House of Stone…

Small Magazines, Literary Networks & Self-Fashioning in Africa and the Diaspora

Small Magazines, Literary Networks & Self-Fashioning in Africa and the Diaspora Sunday 1 July, British Library 12:30 – 13:45 With Christopher Ouma, Kate Wallis, Madhu Krishnan, Nancy Adimora, Dzekashu MacViban and Jama Musse Jama. Exploring magazines in contemporary African literary…