Africa Writes Pop-Up: Birmingham

Africa Writes Pop-Up: Birmingham Monday 9 October 13:00 – 17:00, Danford Room, 2nd Floor, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT 20:00 – 21:30,  Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, B1 2ND Africa Writes, the UK’s biggest annual African literature…

Africa Writes Presents: Saraba Magazine Launch

Africa Writes Presents: Saraba Magazine Launch Monday 2 October 19:15 – 20:30, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG Speakers: Emmanuel Iduma, Irenosen Okojie, Abiola Oni, Ayòbámi Adébáyò. Chair: Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed Saraba is a literary magazine focused on the work…

Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation

Hidden Histories and Forbidden Love – Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation with Olumide Popoola Monday 9th October, 20:00, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham Africa Writes Pop-Up at the Birmingham Literature Festival Tickets: £8 / £6.40 concs / Free with a festival…

Dare to Write Library Exhibition

Dare to Write Library Exhibition 11:00 – 17:00, Saturday 7 October Conference Space at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY See the work created by Bristol school students in the Numbi Arts creative writing and zine-making workshops on the…

Africa Writes Pop-Up at Velvet Coalmine Festival

Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September 2017 Paid & Free events Various venues in Blackwood, Wales Africa Writes visits Velvet Coalmine – the South Wales festival of writing, rock’n’roll & coal This year, Africa Writes is on tour! We are…

Africa Writes Pop-up – Edinburgh

Creative Industries and Publishing in Africa Africa Writes Pop-up – Edinburgh Monday 3 July 16:45-19:30 Blackwells Bookshop, 53-59 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS Guest speakers from Africa Writes 2017 will be heading up to Edinburgh for a pop up festival where they will be…

Reclaiming spaces and identities through literature

I make no secret of the fact that books were my first love. My relationship with literature was in some senses about escapism. I sought narratives which provided me an alternative to my lived experience, stories that comforted me in…

Taking Back Libraries

There are certain spaces where some people easily belong whereas others are easily overlooked and ignored. These spaces can come in many forms and one of the most dangerous things these spaces do is create divisions across race, class, gender, etc. This…

An Interview with Abdulai Silá

In March of this year, I received an email from Jethro Soutar – a translator of Portuguese and Spanish books into English – about his latest translation, The Ultimate Tragedy by Bissau Guinean writer Abdulai Silá. According to Soutar, it…

The Strides of Jalada Africa; a Pan-African Writers’ Collective

In June 2013, Jalada Africa formed as a result of conversations between 22 young African writers drawn from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria. They were in Nairobi, Kenya, participating in a Creative Writing Workshop. This convention was designed…