Reclaiming the Feminine Voice

Reclaiming the Feminine Voice  Friday 11 July, 18:30 – 20:00 BL Conference Centre, £8/ £6 / £5 BUY TICKETS With Young Poet Laureate for London Warsan Shire, Belinda Zhawi, Ribka Sibhatu and Chinwe Azubuike. Introduced and moderated by Jessica Horn,…

An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo

An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo Saturday 12 July, 18:30 – 20:00 BL Conference Centre, £8/ £6 / £5 BUY TICKETS HEADLINE EVENT: Ghana’s leading literary figure, Ama Ata Aidoo, in conversation with Wangui wa Goro, translator and critic. Ama…

Imagining Future Africa: Sci Fi, Innovation & Technology

Imagining Future Africa: Sci Fi, Innovation & Technology Sunday 13 July, 16:30 – 17:30 BL Conference Centre, FREE Panel discussion with Ivor W. Hartmann, writer, editor, publisher and visual artist; Tade Thompson, writer, psychiatrist and clinical director for Adult Mental…

Creating great characters

Creating great characters Saturday 12 July, 12:00 – 13:00 BL Conference Centre, FREE All Welcome How do writers create characters that make stories come alive? Would you or a member of your family make a good hero or heroine? A…

Books for the Masses?

Books for the Masses? Publishing Genre Fiction in Africa Sunday 13 July, 12:00 – 13:00 BL Conference Centre, FREE Panel discussion with Bibi Bakare of Cassava Republic Press; Valerie Brandes of Jacaranda Books; Verna Wilkins of Tamarind Books and Susan…

Olabode Ogunlana’s Yoruba Tales

Olabode Ogunlana’sYoruba Tales Sunday 13 July, 15:30 – 16:15 BL Conference Centre, FREE Book launch of Olabode Ogunlana’s Yoruba Love Stories and The Quest for the Rare Leaf and other Yoruba Tales. Chaired by Ade Solanke, writer and founder of…

Wole Soyinka at 80

Professor Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, poet and novelist, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Beyond his successful literary career, Soyinka is well known for his political activism. Marking his 80th birthday, Soyinka joined…

Africa Writes: Two Writers, Two Generations

An intimate conversation between acclaimed author and theorist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and his son, Mukoma wa Ngugi, a rising star in African Literature. Chaired by Margaret Busby (critic, writer and editor). Ngugi wa Thiong’o was one of the leading lights…