Blog Archives

Africa in 2064: Afro Futures, Sci Fi & Technology

How are African writers imagining their own futures and how do their stories relate to the technological and scientific discoveries that are simultaneously taking place? With writers Ivor W. Hartmann and Tade Thompson and a contribution from Jonathan Ledgard, director…

Chinua Achebe: Tributes & Reflections

A tribute to the father of contemporary African literature marking the launch of Chinua Achebe: Tributes & Reflections with editors Nana Ayebia Clarke and James Currey. Chaired by Maya Jaggi, cultural journalist and critic.

Literary Crossdressing & the Diaspora

Session exploring the work of African Diaspora writers who move between the worlds of poetry, drama and fiction, crossing over different literary genres and even delving into different art forms. Featuring Inua Ellams, Nick Makoha, Ade Solanke and Bola Agbaje….

Books for the Masses? Publishing Genre Fiction in Africa

A panel of experts discuss the business of publishing genre fiction in Africa. With Bibi Bakare of Cassava Republic Press; Valerie Brandes of Jacaranda Books; Verna Wilkins of Tamarind Books and Susan Yearwood, agent and founder of Susan Yearwood Literary…

Meet the 2014 Caine Prize authors

Meet the 2014 Caine Prize shortlisted writers as they discuss their work with Tricia Wombell and Jennifer Makumbi of the Black & African Reading Groups. The five stories are available to download from caineprize.com – read them in advance and…

Beyond the Novel: Developing Contemporary African Writing

How is new writing being developed on the continent? What are the hot spots of creativity and new literary trends? With Bibi Bakare, co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press; Billy Kahora, writer and managing editor of Kwani?; Ivor…

Reclaiming the Feminine Voice

We bring together a powerful group of African women poets who are using their voices to claim their rightful place in literature. With Young Poet Laureate for London Warsan Shire, Belinda Zhawi, Ribka Sibhatu and Chinwe Azubuike. Moderated by Jessica…

The Caine Prize 2014 Conversation

Each year, the Caine Prize for African Writing maps new directions in contemporary African writing. Join the five authors short-listed for the 2014 Prize – Diane Awerbuck, Efemia Chela, Tendai Huchu, Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor – in conversation with…

Africa in Translation: Poetry in (e)motion

A three-panel symposium exploring the works of a range of African poets and their translators and marking 25 years of the translation of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Matigari. With Wangui wa Goro, André Naffis-Sahely, Vusi Mchunu, Hany Rashwan, Dele Fatunla and…