Category: Blog

Meet Octavia Poetry Collective

Meet Octavia, the poetry collective for womxn of colour, founded by Rachel Long. Octavia was born in response to the lack of representation and inclusivity in literature and academia. Since 2015, Octavia have come together to read beyond the canon and…

Meet the 2018 Caine Prize Shortlisted Writers

Meet the 2018 Caine Prize Shortlisted Writers The shortlist is out!  Nonyelum Ekwempu, Stacy Hardy, Olufunke Ogundimu, Makena Onjerika and Wole Talabi will be joining us at Africa Writes 2018 on Saturday 30 June. We will hear hear excerpts from,…

COAT recalls home on your taste buds

  Yomi Sode’s COAT brings a sizzling performance to the stage, one that evokes all the senses. The show explores the relationship between food and growing up British-Nigerian in London, and is all about food’s significance in identity, home and…

Meet the headliners – Africa Writes 2018

Africa Writes is back this summer with an exciting programme showcasing the best new writing from the continent and the diaspora. Our headline events from 29 June to 1 July highlight migration, identity and the future, and celebrate the poetic…

Africa Writes 2018 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 April 2018 “Warsan Shire headlines the 2018 Africa Writes festival” In her first UK public appearance since her poetry reached millions of people in Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, poet Warsan Shire will headline Africa Writes festival…

After 5 Years, Africa Writes Party is back at Rich Mix

Following 2017’s sold out R.A.P Party, Africa Writes returns with the official festival party hosted by Octavia Poetry Collective at the Rich Mix. Join us for a Wakanda-themed evening of poetry, music and dancing into the night / future where…

Reclaiming spaces and identities through literature

I make no secret of the fact that books were my first love. My relationship with literature was in some senses about escapism. I sought narratives which provided me an alternative to my lived experience, stories that comforted me in…