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…

Africa Writes 2012: Caine Prize Authors meet their audience

Event featuring the five short-listed authors for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing: Elnathan John, Tope Folarin, Pede Hollist, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Chinelo Okparanta. Chairs: Tricia Wombell (Black Book News / Black Reading Group) & Jacqueline Auma (London…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Africa Writes 2012 Lecture

Marking the 50th anniversary of the African Writers Series, Chimamanda, Africa’s foremost young novelist, spoke about the AWS books she read as a child and paid tribute to the African women writers who inspired her. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Africa Writes…

The art of story-telling

The art of story-telling Sunday 13 July, 12:00 – 13:00 BL Conference Centre, FREE Aimed at 13-19 year olds What are the essential ingredients of a story? What are the main steps in making one? Come and learn the basics and…

Storytime!

Sunday 3 July 14:30 – 15:00 & 15:30 – 16:00 Free drop in sessions for all ages Dickens/ Nwapa Room The whole family is invited to explore the rich and diverse cultures, peoples and places of Africa through these interactive storytelling…

Storytime! Sunday

Storytime! Sunday 13 July BL Conference Centre, FREE Drop in sessions for 4-7 & 8-12 year olds   Explore the rich and diverse cultures, peoples and places of Africa through these interactive story-telling workshops aimed at 4-7 and 8-12 year olds….