Africa Writes 2018 is finally here! While at the festival, be sure to head to our international book fair. The fair offers readers a large range of contemporary African literature and rare finds. You can purchase copies of the books written by our festival guest authors and get signed copies after the book launch events. You will also find stalls selling magazines, arts and crafts, African inspired clothing and more. Excited? Then check out this sneak peek of vendors that will be featured at the book fair:
New Beacon Books is the official book seller for Africa Writes 2018. Founded in 1966, New Beacon Books was the UK’s first bookshop and publishing house to specialise in African and Caribbean literature. John La Rose’ founder, visionary, political activist and poet wanted to create a place that celebrated authors of colour at a time in Britain where ethnic diversity wasn’t common place. For over 50 years New Beacon Books has stood proud in the heart of Finsbury Park, North London. Following a threat of closure in 2016, a successful crowd fund and social media campaign was launched with the younger generation of the La Rose family at the helm.
Kugali is an arts and animation company that showcases the best African stories by Africans. Kugali celebrates the stories that respect the history of Africa, embrace the present and imagine a future. With one of the largest collections of African comics anywhere, Kugali started the Kugali Anthology, the first Pan-African comic book anthology. Kugali also produces an array of comics and cartoons inspired by African culture. Head to the Kugali stall to purchase their comics and art prints.
Keur Gui Clothes ethically produces modern African ‘wax’ clothing from Senegal in West Africa, where all clothes items are hand-sewn by artisan tailors. This stall is bringing you West African, tailor-made clothes at affordable prices with exceptional quality.
Are you romantic at heart? Then check out Romance Writers of West Africa (RWOWA), a group dedicated to the growth of African romantic fiction worldwide. They are a support group for romance writers of West African origin and/or writers who write romantic fiction set in Africa. RWOWA strives to support established and aspiring romance authors who emphasise African plot lines by providing a platform where members network and provide feedback, resulting in exceptional romance fiction for our reading audience.
REWRITE is a platform for Black Women and Women of Colour Writers in the UK. REWRITE aims to provide women with the space and tools they need to achieve their writing goals. They provide workshops, mentoring and development opportunities in an open and encouraging environment. Their courses are designed specifically for Black women and Women of Colour. The classes allow women to explore their creativity, nurture their writing skills, and network with authors, agents and publishers. Make sure to find the REWRITE stall for more information on their work.
Omenala Press, incorporating Ogwugwu Afor Books, is an independent publisher of Pan-African books and the publisher of the works of Buchi Emecheta. Be sure to stop by their stall to purchase some great work from African authors.
We’re excited to welcome these vendors and more to Africa Writes this year. Make sure to check out our full list of vendors. See you at the fair!