Africa Writes Returns for a Third Year: Ama Ata Aidoo, Warsan Shire and a Tweetathon

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Africa Writes, The Royal African Society’s annual literature and book festival in association with The British Library, returns for a third year.

Taking place from Friday 11  to Sunday 13 July, Africa Writes 2014 will bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers, critics and experts for an exciting programme, including book launches, readings, talks, panel discussions, performances, children and young people’s workshops, family activities, and an international book fair.

If you're in London (or the UK) please save the dates and book your tickets now for this year’s festival highlights:

Reclaiming the Feminine Voice
Friday 11 July, 18:30 – 20:00
BL Conference Centre, £8/ £6 / £5

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 Horn, feminist writer and activist. 

An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo
Saturday 12 July, 18:30 – 20:00
BL Conference Centre, £8/ £6 / £5

Join Ama Ata Aidoo, Ghana’s leading author, poet, playwright, academic and former Education Minister, for an in-depth conversation led by Wangui wa Goro, writer, critic and translator.

For the full schedule of events and the latest news and updates, visit Africa Writes website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

There's also #MyAfricaWrites Tweetathon

Follow @RoyAfrisoc and tweet about your experience of the festival and African books and literature with the hashtag #MyAfricaWrites for a chance to win some great prizes!  

Africa Writes 2014 has been made possible through the financial support and partnership of the following institutions and organisations: The British Library, Arts Council England, Scib Nigeria, The University of London's Centre of African Studies, The British Museum, The Caine Prize for African Writing, British Council, Commonwealth Writers, Africa39, African Reading Group, Afrikult., Black Reading Group, Black Book News, Bookshy Blogger, Cassava Republic, English PEN, Kwani Trust, Female All Rounder, SIDENSI, Spora Stories, Styled By Africa, TEDxEuston and Worldreader. Africa Writes takes this opportunity to thank the above and the many other individuals and organisations who have contributed to the festival.

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  1. I'm so excited to be in town for this. I've already booked my ticket for Ama Ata Aidoo. I'm also bringing along my copy of Our Sister Killjoy as a re-read during my trip.

    1. That's amazing. Will you be attending all days or just Saturday? Would be great to meet up, which ever day(s) you're attending. I'll def be at the Ama Ata Aidoo event - super, super excited about it.

    2. Yeah, I'll be around for other panels on Saturday and Sunday. Does blogger show you my email address? Send me an email. Would be great to meet up.

    3. Not to sure. Sent an via the contact me on your page, but if you don't get it (here's mine - I'll be there Saturday, but only for some on Sunday.