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5 Francophone writers to discover

Alain Mabanckou Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in the Congo. He currently lives in LA, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. He is the winner of the…

20 Of The Best African Novels To Read In Summer 2017

It’s coming to that time of the year, where the pace begins to slow down and our surroundings become open to the possibility of sunshine, ice cream and a relaxing book at your fingertips. Here’s a list of the perfect…

Archives for Writers: Krio Heritage and Culture

 This year, the RAS Education Programme is reaching out to adult communities as well as schools to develop creative writing in response to African culture and heritage. In line with one of this year’s Africa Writes  themes, Archives for Writers,…

AFREADA x Africa Writes Presents: Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty competition

With acclaimed Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou joining Africa Writes on July 2nd,  we’ve teamed up with AFREADA to run a short story writing competition with the chance to win £100! We are inviting writers, anywhere and everywhere, to participate in a 500-word…

‘My Song for Burundi’ Poetry Workshop

18 March 2017 The second day of the Rwanda leg of the festival saw us climbing the long winding roads to Musanze in the north of the country. We were going to meet a group of students who had formed…

Africa Writes 2016: The Round-Up

Written by Kelechi Iwumene Africa Writes 2016: A whirlwind weekend for African literature that celebrated the festival’s fifth year at The British Library, 1-3 July.  From  Bisi Alimi’s drag alter ego, to the fiery wisdom of Nawal El Saadawi, to…

A Brief History of Africa Writes

A Brief History of Africa Writes – by Sheila Ruiz, Head of Programmes, Partnerships & Operations at The Royal African Society  The idea was simple – to offer an annual platform to showcase established and emerging literary talent from across Africa…