Africa Writes 2017 – Save the Date

Africa Writes is back!

Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017
Brought to you by The Royal African Society

Join us for an exciting summer weekend at the British Library celebrating the best of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora.

Last year we were joined by 67 guest contributors and writers from 18 different countries, and a London audience of nearly 2000 – African literature fans and newcomers alike. This year we have much more in store…

We are expanding the festival, with Africa Writes pop-up events taking place in England, Scotland and Wales, and exciting collaborations in Rwanda and Tanzania with the Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival.

In London we will be kicking off the festival with a special Late at the Library – to which you are all invited! More details coming soon… in the meantime save the dates in your diaries for a rich and vibrant programme of book launches, panel discussions, performances, workshops, an international book fair and a delicious street food market.




This event is supported by a strategic partnership between the British Council and the Royal African Society, aimed at increasing networks, sharing knowledge and expertise and making connections between the UK and Africa. The partnership supports four major events in in the Royal African Society’s 2017 programme – Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts, Africa Writes,  Film Africa, and The Arts Forum, taking place in April 2017.


The festival is supported by and hosted at The British Library – 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. Their 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 – every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.