Free events at Africa Writes Bristol 2019!

FREE events at Africa Writes Bristol 2019!
Saturday 29 June, Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH


Africa Writes Bristol presents a whole day of free events at the Malcolm X Community Centre Centre. As part of our celebration of the literature and culture of Africa and the diaspora, we will be exploring the diversities of African poetry, prose, and publishing, with authors and creatives at the forefront of the craft. Come and see the range of our events without spending a penny!

A Fun ABC: Family Workshop
13:30 – 15:30


Come on a super-fun adventure with Sade Fadipe! This drop-in creatively educational, storytelling workshop is set around her book A Fun ABC. After being introduced to the book, children will engage in a range of creative activities: from making bookmarks and masks, to creating their own ABC stories and playing on African talking drums.

Aimed at ages 3-8

In partnership with Cassava Republic Press.


Books Make Music, Music Makes Books
Saturday 29 June, Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH
14:00 – 15:30


Join Nadifa Mohamed and Hanna Ali, two of the most exciting voices shaping Somali-British writing, for a conversation about their writing craft, and the relationship between Somali music and literature. Followed by the launch of Jama Musse Jama’s Qaraami: The Fading Out Melody of Somali Classical Music and a rare performance by legendary musician Hudeidi.

In partnership with Hargeysa International Book Fair.


Mother Tongues: Literary Translation & Publishing
15:45 – 16:45


In partnership with Afrikult and the University of Bristol, Nabagereka in conversation with Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Hanna Ali, Lily Green (No Bindings) and Dzekashu MacViban (Bakwa) explores practical and emotional implications of literary translation and publishing in African languages.  This panel reflects the diversity of language within African literature and its links with African experience, as well as how new technology and practices can create new opportunities in literature.

In partnership with Afrikult and University of Bristol.


Roomsize x RadioBook Rwanda
16:45 – 19:45


The Experience

A unique experience using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, this collaboration between RadioBook Rwanda and interactive audio company Roomsize invite you to wander within the stories by contemporary Rwandan writers Mutsinzi Eric, Jimmy Tuyiringire and Annick La Reine Shimwa, gather with others around one and listening communally, or pass between sound-worlds as an individual to explore new areas.



New Daughters of Africa
17:00 – 18: 30


Sharmaine Lovegrove chairs a conversation with editor Margaret Busby and contributors Namwali Serpell, Leone Ross and Ros Martin to celebrate the launch of new anthology New Daughters of Africa and the extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers.

In partnership with St Paul’s Carnival.



Tjawangwa Dema: The Careless Seamstress
18:45 – 19:30


In partnership with the African Poetry Book Fund, Bristol-based Motswana poet Tjawangwa Dema launches her new collection The Careless Seamstress, exploring the national and subjective aspects of life as a female, and reminding us that the personal is always political.

In partnership with the African Poetry Book Fund.


None of these events are ticketed, so just come along and enjoy everything Africa Writes- Bristol has to offer for free!

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