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Meet the 2018 Caine Prize Shortlisted Writers!

The shortlist for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, featuring stories that tackle “the ordinary in an extraordinary manner” and celebrate the diversity of the African short-story writing tradition for the twentieth edition of the Prize….

Our Bodies Speak Poetry: Meet the Poets

Our Bodies Speak Poetry, our first headline event, is set to be an exciting evening filled with awe-inspiring storytelling, and a poetical exploration into our relationship with the (physical, political, and fantastical) body. The evening will open with a dance…

#EastAfricaArts Scoping Trip: Africa Writes visits Kigali

In March 2019 Africa Writes festival co-producers, Caitlin Pearson and Marcelle Akita, travelled to Rwanda and Kenya on a scoping trip funded by British Council to connect with literature professionals. This trip was especially important for this year’s festival programme,…

A Life Transcending Borders: The Legacy of Margaret Busby OBE

A Snapshot of Margaret Busby’s Illustrious Career Born in Accra to parents of Bajan, Trinidadian and Dominican origin, and educated in London University, Margaret Busby’s legacy certainly transcends borders. In the 1960s,  became Britain’s youngest and first black female book…

Meet the headliners – Africa Writes 2019

Africa Writes is back this summer with an exciting programme showcasing the best new writing from the continent and the diaspora, Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July at the British Library. As well as a vibrant day time programme…

Africa Writes 2018 Podcast Series: Panel Discussions

The Africa Writes 2018 Podcast Series is here! Re-live the highlights of the festival on our Mixcloud to catch some of your favourite panel discussions, book launches, round-tables and workshops, and our Young Voices programme. If you missed the festival…