Africa Writes, Africa Reads: Literary and Cultural Festivals
Sunday 2 July
15:15 – 16:30
Many lament the decline in, or absence of, a culture of reading in Africa as elsewhere. Yet in recent years we have instead witnessed a wide range of initiatives, in various parts of Africa, which convene and celebrate vibrant communities of readers. This roundtable brings together cultural producers and academics to look at the missions of festivals, how audiences are created and reached, and how festivals can be understood as cultural activism.
With Panashe Chimgumadzi, curator of Abantu Book Festival 2017; Kinsi Abdulleh, Numbi Arts / Sable Literary Festival at the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport, Gambia; Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, curator and originator of the Pan African Writivism Literary Initiative and Kate Haines, Bristol University, academic and scholar of literary networks in Africa. Chaired by Carli Coetzee, Editor, Journal of African Cultural Studies.