Sex, Love and Poetry

Sex, Love & Poetry Friday 1 July  18.30 – 20.00, £10 /£8/ £7 Join us for an evening of readings and uncensored conversation on sex, love and desire spanning the sexuality spectrum and the African Diaspora experience. With daring work that…

Meet The Publishers

Meet the Publishers Friday 1 July 16.00 – 17.30 FREE Are you a writer looking to be published? Do you want an insight into how editors and agents identify new talent? Then join our exciting Dragon’s-Den-style event where you’ll have…

Fresh Perspectives on African Literature

Fresh Perspectives on African Literature Friday 1 July 14.00 – 15.30 FREE Presenting exciting new scholarship from PhD students, early career scholars and independent researchers that opens up ideas of, and approaches to, ‘African literatures’. Panellists: Scott Newman (Northwestern University)…

Africa in Translation: Memory and Re-membering

Africa in Translation: Memory and Re-membering Friday 1 July 10.00 – 13.45 FREE This year, our annual symposium aims to explore the place of translation in the contested spaces of memory and re-membering, and its impact on society.  We look…

Africa Writes 2016: Programme

  Africa Writes 2016 Programme .pdf Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival. Celebrating its 5th year, Africa Writes 2016 will bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers and experts for a stimulating and exciting three days! Every…

Caine Prize 2016: Shortlist announced!

On Monday 4 July 2016, the day after the UK’s biggest African literature festival – Africa Writes, The Caine Prize for African Writing will announce its winner at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK. Every year a panel of judges…

The F Word Mini-series: An Introduction

Join us for a series of semi-formal candid conversations on all things ‘feminist.’ In the run up to the annual literature and book festival, Africa Writes 2016, The Royal African Society have invited Henry Brefo and Yovanka Perdigao to discuss…

Saadawi on FGM

‘I had to study medicine to get rid of it. I have to know politics in order to challenge politics’. There’s something quite ironic in Nawal El Saadawi openly challenging the same structures of professionalism she was educated by. And…

…something wrong in being a girl…

When you hear the name Nawal El Saadawi, what springs to mind: Activist, writer, feminist, trouble-maker? Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian feminist writer who has written a large selection of books that focus on women in Islam. As a qualified…

Africa Writes 2016: Call for Volunteers

The Royal African Society is looking for volunteers with a passion for all things African to help run Africa Writes, which returns for its fifth year running! Africa Writes is an annual festival organised by the Royal African Society, which…