Africa Writes 2019 Podcasts

It’s coming up to a year since Africa Writes 2019 and we wanted to share some of the highlights from last year’s festivals now transformed into podcasts on our Mixcloud.

Listen to some of your favourite panel discussions, performances, book launches, round-tables and workshops, and our Young Voices programme from last summer. If you missed the festival this is a great opportunity to delve into the works and debates covered over the weekend. With great content and a range to listen from we guarantee these recordings will spice up your lockdown life.

Here are some podcasts you can indulge in right now:



Hear students from our Africa Writes Young Voices programme share the poetry they created over a series of workshops with festival poets.

Journey with us through storytelling and poetry to uncover what the body means to us from our opening headline event: Our Bodies Speak Poetry.


Book Launches

Listen to how authors Johny Pitts and Emmanuel Iduma weave photography and travelogue in exploring identity and the human condition in the double launch of Afropean and A Stranger’s Pose.

Fascinated with coming-of-age stories and comic novels? Then you’ll love German Calendar, No December.



Who doesn’t love superstition and mysticism? If that’s your thing, indulge in Re-imagining the Gods with us.

We loved hearing how our panelists on Stepping Into Our Own share their stories of love, loss, joy and writing while creating their own reality.


We were thrilled to host a stellar discussion on the landmark anthology New Daughters of Africa and also present Margaret Busby OBE with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement in African Literature award!

To close the festival, we had the spell-bound double-billed performance of The Fishermen and conversation with Booker Prize finalist Chigozie Obioma – revisit Chigozie’s conversation with Irenosen Okojie.


Remember you can listen to the rest of our juicy podcast episodes on our Mixcloud – head to


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