Meet the Publishers

Meet the Publishers, Friday 3 July, 16.00 – 17.30, Free Join our panel of publishing experts as they tell you what they look for when considering new work, share the dos and don’ts of pitching and other insider tips.

African Books To Inspire

African Books To Inspire. Friday 3 July. 18.30 – 20.30. £10 /£8/ £5. An evening of books and inspiration, chaired by Hannah Pool.

Africa Writes Book Fair

Africa Writes Book Fair Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July,  12:00 – 17:00 British Library (foyer) Fiction and non-fiction; classics and contemporary; adult and children’s literature; poetry and prose. The Africa Writes book fair offers a wide range of African literature,…

Okri Engraved on the Memorial Gates, London

Only free people can make a free world. Infect the world with your light. Help fulfil the golden prophecies. Press forward the human genius. Our future is greater than our past.   The last four lines of Ben Okri’s poem,…

What’s your African book to inspire?

Do you want to feature on the #Africawrites blog? You can if you share your book of inspiration with us! In the lead up to our live African Books to Inspire evening, hosted by journalist Hannah Pool, we want to…

An avid reader perusing the bookshelves at Africa Writes 2014

Five lists of African literature we love

Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. Wole Woyinka. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. These are the familiar writers and book titles that feature on African literature lists.  It’s hardly surprising since they are among the greats – and we are of course big fans…

More Fishes Than Stars

I’m not too certain about many things. And I’m not sure who I am. I ain’t got no mother and no father. I’m slow like the trees when they grow. I’m sluggish, like the ocean when it moves.   Ben…

Mapping African Literature

Session for 18-24 year olds , Saturday 4 July, 16:00 – 18:00 , FREE

Sunday by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor

Sunday by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor Sunday 5 July 16.00 – 17.00, FREE A staged reading of Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor’s bold and haunting inter-generational drama. When Mary comes out to her mother and grandmother, tragic events long buried in the past threaten to…