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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 from the 4 – 24 October 2021 with a blended programme of online and in-person events at the British Library and 180 The Strand.

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.

About our Partners
Africa Writes is organised by the Royal African Society in partnership with a host of like-minded organisations and individuals. We thank our principal partners for their support in 2021 – Arts Council England, the British Council, Miles Morland Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, British Library and 180 The Strand. If you would like to partner with us for this year’s festival, please do get in touch.

Our Venues

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.

180 The Strand
180 The Strand is the heart of London’s creative community, an iconic Brutalist building that has been transformed into a cultural centre. At its core is 180 Studios, a network of production and exhibition spaces that supports emerging talent and provides a platform for creative growth.

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