About Africa Writes
Africa Writes festival is a biennial celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora, brought to you by The Royal African Society and presented in partnership the British Library. The ninth edition of the festival will take place in 2021.
Launched in 2012, Africa Writes showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, family workshops, and other activities. Our previous headline speakers have been Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ngugi wa Thiong’o with son Mukoma wa Ngugi, Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ben Okri, Nawal El Saadawi, Alain Mabanckou and Chigozie Obioma.
About the Royal African Society (RAS)
The RAS is a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. Through our events, publications and digital channels we facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa across academia, business, politics, culture and education. We amplify African voices and interests, reaching a network of more than one million people globally. royalafricansociety.org
About our Partners
Africa Writes is organised by The Royal African Society in partnership with a host of like-minded organisations and individuals. Africa Writes 2019 was brought to you by the Royal African Society and presented in partnership with the British Library. The 2019 festival was made possible through the financial support of Arts Council England, British Council and Miles Morland Foundation and the partnership of these institutions and organisations: British Library, AFREADA, Africa in Words, Afrikult., Books & Rhymes, bookshy, BORN::FREE, Embassy of Angola, Igbo Conference, Kinna Reads, New Perspectives, One Dance UK, One World Publications, Royal Society of Literature, Shubbak Festival, Storymoja, The Caine Prize for African Writing, Writivism, Africa Book Centre, Atlantic Books, Cassava Republic, Canongate, Hurst, Huza Press, Little, Brown and Company, Myriad, New Beacon Books, Saqi Books, Team Angelica, The Indigo Press, October Gallery, Penguin Random House, Trapeze, Writivism and 4th Estate.
About the British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website – www.bl.uk – every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.