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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…

Taking Back Libraries

There are certain spaces where some people easily belong whereas others are easily overlooked and ignored. These spaces can come in many forms and one of the most dangerous things these spaces do is create divisions across race, class, gender, etc. This…

An Interview with Abdulai Silá

In March of this year, I received an email from Jethro Soutar – a translator of Portuguese and Spanish books into English – about his latest translation, The Ultimate Tragedy by Bissau Guinean writer Abdulai Silá. According to Soutar, it…

The Strides of Jalada Africa; a Pan-African Writers’ Collective

In June 2013, Jalada Africa formed as a result of conversations between 22 young African writers drawn from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria. They were in Nairobi, Kenya, participating in a Creative Writing Workshop. This convention was designed…

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

This article was originally published by Brittle Paper and is republished here with the permission of the author From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among…

Alain Mabanckou brings Sapology to #AfricaWrites17

To celebrate Alain Mabanckou’s unique style, come dressed to impress to his talk on July 2nd in your best dandy clothes and sapeur garments and win a signed copy of his novel Black Moses. Get your tickets here Not sure what are…