Africa Writes 2020 Online Series Programme

As of 2019, Africa Writes festival adopted a biennial model with the aim of returning with a full summer festival weekend at the British Library in 2021. With this in mind we planned and programmed two very special events for our audiences to still take place in summer 2020; but with the coronavirus’ disruption to social events, those two events have been postponed until further notice.

We were disheartened, as most were and still are, to realise these events wouldn’t be happening in the way we hoped but even more so for the authors who have book releases during this strange and uncertain time. One thing we know for sure is the importance of community in this time of isolation. So as an offering we’ve programmed free monthly virtual events on Zoom (streamed on Facebook Live) from July to September. Each event will be revealed in the month it is being hosted, so if you want to  be the first to know sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We are  proud to announce the first event of our free online series is a panel discussion with the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist. Read more below.


2020 AKO Caine Prize Conversation
Monday 20 July, 19:00 – 20:30
Location: Zoom (streamed on Facebook Live)

The annual AKO Caine Prize aims to bring African writing to a wider audience, popularising short fiction from authors on the continent. Launched in 2000, the prize is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English, and this year marks its 21st award. In this virtual event we hear the 2020 finalists discuss their inspiration and work. With Erica Sugo Anyadike (Tanzania), Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria & UK), Jowhor Ile (Nigeria), Rémy Ngamije (Rwanda & Namibia) and Irenosen Okojie (Nigeria & UK). Chaired by Ifeanyi Awachie. 

Read about the event and register here



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