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9 Books Critiquing African Masculinity

On Sunday 7 July at Africa Writes 2019, we hosted our popular flagship panel African Books to Inspire with a special focus on masculinity featuring Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Peter Kimani, Sulaiman Addonia and Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed. This panel examined the construction of…

AFRICA WRITES 2019: THE ROUND-UP

AFRICA WRITES 2019 FESTIVAL ROUND UP From Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July, Africa Writes 2019 brought lovers of African literature to the British Library for a fantastic literary festival! It was a busy summer weekend for London, as…

Africa Writes 2019: Young Adults Giveaway!

Win Saturday Day passes to Africa Writes 2019! Join us for a day of exploring, creating and interrogating what it means to be a young Black person in Britain today! On Saturday 6 July, Africa Writes 2019 present a carefully…

Finding My Way Back Home – The Power of Folktales

Finding My Way Back Home – The Power of Folktales Maïmouna Jallow Mze Jomo Kenyatta was facing Mount Kenya when he had his epiphany. Some 500 kilometers southeastwards, I was facing the Indian Ocean when I had mine, and it…

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…