Africa Writes, the Royal African Society's annual literature and book festival in association with the British Library, is back; and this year's programme looks ah-mazing! Now in its 5th year, the 2016 edition will be focusing on new writing, women's writing and the idea of disruptive stories (across borders, and boundaries of age, sex and gender); and is bound to be an entertaining and exciting experience. Plus, it's just around the corner ... sort of.
In exactly fours weeks (yes four weeks), all things African literature and books will be taking over the Conference Centre at the British Library. This year's festival brings together over 50 authors, poets, publishers and experts for an exciting weekend at the beginning July. 90% of the festival is free - the book launches (Yewande Omotoso's The Woman Next Door; Nikhil Singh's Taty Went West; Chuma Nwokolo's How To Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories, vol. 2); the panels (on Writing Africa’s Development; on Diversity in Children’s Publishing; on Contemporary Genre Fiction). There are also workshops (on the Digital Debate; on the representation of Africa in literature in rural, urban and cosmopolitan settings), a book store with exciting African books and more.
|Image via Africa Writes Facebook Page|
|The Goddess Complex by Diriye Osman (Aquatic Arabesque). Image via Africa Writes|
|African Books to Inspire. Africa Writes 2015. Image via RAS News & Event Flickr|
PS. Also check out the Africa Writes blog, with posts on Nawal El Saadawi on 'feeling that there is something wrong in being a girl', on African immigration, as well as The F-Word mini-series leading up to the event, where Henry Brefo (co-founder ad editor of Africa Writes) and Yovanka Perdiga (writer, African feminist and political pen activist) will be discussing African feminism.