Blurred Lines: Realism & Fantasy


Thursday 21 October, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Venue: Crowdcast
Tickets: FREE /£2 / £5 / £10 (Pay What You Can)

With Nii Ayikwei-Parkes, Boakyewaa Glover, Afia Atakora & others.


Exploring the blurred lines of fantasy and reality in fiction and poetry.


Join us for a conversation on merging the real and fantastic in contemporary Ghanaian literature today. What rich, generational imaginations do authors draw inspiration from in creating their worlds within fiction and poetry? How do they transform fears and grief into rhythmic motions of storytelling? Authors Afia Atakora (Conjure Women, 2020) and Nii Ayikwei-Parkes (The Geez, 2020) share the stories that inform their own, and how the magic of fantasy enriches the play, skill and boundlessness of writing.


Presented in partnership with Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accra and supported by the British Council.


Here’s what you need to know about the speakers:

Afia Atakora was born in the United Kingdom and raised in New Jersey, where she now lives. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the De Alba Fellowship; she is author of the debut award-winning novel, Conjure Women.




Africa Writes 2021 returns from 4 – 24 October. You can join us in celebrating the imagination, pleasure and activism within contemporary African literature either online, at 180 The Strand and the British Library. Learn more about the programme here.