Category: Past Festivals

Africa in Translation: Poetry in (e)motion

Africa in Translation: Poetry in (e)motion   Friday 11 July, 10:00 – 13:00 BL Conference Centre, FREE A three-panel symposium with critics and translators Wangui wa Goro, André Naffis-Sahely, Vusi Mchunu, Hany Rashwan, Dele Meiji Fatunla and award-winning poets Gabriel Okoundji…

Introducing ‘West Africa: Cultures of the Word’

Introducing ‘West Africa: Cultures of the Word’ Saturday 12 July, 11.00 – 11.50 BL Conference Centre, FREE Dr Marion Wallace, Curator of African Collections at the British Library, introduces the upcoming 2015 exhibition, ‘West Africa: Cultures of the Word’. Limited…

Chinua Achebe: Tributes & Reflections

Chinua Achebe: Tributes & Reflections Sunday 13 July, 14:45 – 15:30 BL Conference Centre, FREE A tribute to the father of contemporary African literature marking the launch of Chinua Achebe: Tributes & Reflections with editors Nana Ayebia Clarke and James…

Literary Crossdressing & the Diaspora

Literary Cross-dressing & the Diaspora Sunday 13 July, 13:45 – 14:45 BL Conference Centre, FREE Panel discussion with poets, performers, playwrights and screenwriters Inua Ellams, Nick Makoha, Ade Solanke and Bola Agbaje. Moderated by Sheila Ruiz, programme manager of The…

Broadening the Gaze: African & Diaspora Travel Writing

Broadening the Gaze: African & Diaspora Travel Writing in the 21st Century Saturday 12 July, 15:30 – 16:30 BL Conference Centre, FREE Panel discussion featuring Noo Saro-Wiwa, author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria; Justin Edwards, co-editor of Other Routes:…

Beyond the Novel: Developing Contemporary African Writing

Beyond the Novel: Developing Contemporary African Writing Saturday 12 July, 12:15 – 13:15 BL Conference Centre, FREE Panel discussion featuring Bibi Bakare, co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press; Billy Kahora, writer and managing editor of Kwani?; Ivor W….

An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo

An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo Saturday 12 July, 18:30 – 20:00 BL Conference Centre, £8/ £6 / £5 BUY TICKETS HEADLINE EVENT: Ghana’s leading literary figure, Ama Ata Aidoo, in conversation with Wangui wa Goro, translator and critic. Ama…

Books for the Masses?

Books for the Masses? Publishing Genre Fiction in Africa Sunday 13 July, 12:00 – 13:00 BL Conference Centre, FREE Panel discussion with Bibi Bakare of Cassava Republic Press; Valerie Brandes of Jacaranda Books; Verna Wilkins of Tamarind Books and Susan…

Wole Soyinka at 80

Professor Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, poet and novelist, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Beyond his successful literary career, Soyinka is well known for his political activism. Marking his 80th birthday, Soyinka joined…

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