Africa

Wednesday – 13th December 2017

Ronnie Kasrils: We should not succumb to intimidation by state security services

‘It is important that as citizens we demonstrate that we will not succumb to intimidation by the security services who are palpably failing our democracy, Constitution and people as was the case during the apartheid era.’

Friday – 1st December 2017

Don’t miss Tsitsi Dangarembga and Achmat Dangor for a Literary Crossroads event at the Goethe-Institut

Join the Goethe-Institut for a Literary Crossroads event with Tsitsi Dangarembga and Achmat Dangor!

Thursday – 23rd November 2017

Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ considers key questions around the misreading of African literature in The Rise of the African Novel

The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity, and Ownership, a new book by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ, will be out in March 2018 from University of Michigan Press’s African Perspectives series.

Tuesday – 21st November 2017

Full Abantu Book Festival programme revealed – get your tickets now!

The full programme for the Abantu Book Festival has been revealed!

Monday – 20th November 2017

Two sisters with two very different destinies: Dip into Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing

The night Effia is born, a fire devastates her father’s land – and so begins a sequence of events that reverberate through the lives of her family for generations.

African artists: Apply for the Africa Centre’s Artist In Residency programmes

Africa Centre is accepting applications for its 2017 Artist In Residency (AIR) Programmes in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and the United States.

Zinzi Clemmons: Women of colour must divest from Lena Dunham

Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose, has condemned Lena Dunham’s ‘hipster racism’, saying: ‘She cannot have our words if she cannot respect us.’

Friday – 17th November 2017

Presenting the new book by Ben Okri – The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age, illustrated by Rosemary Clunie

A new collection of meditations and stories from Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri, and illustrated by Rosemary Clunie.

Tuesday – 14th November 2017

Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, included on Powerlist 2018

Delia Jarrett-Macauley, the first African Chair of the Caine Prize, has been included on the 2018 Powerlist, which honours the most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom.

Friday – 10th November 2017

Join Anya Schiffrin, George Lugalambi and Anton Harber for a discussion of investigative journalism written by Africans in Africa

Africa Muckraking is the first collection of investigative and campaigning journalism written by Africans and about Africa.

Wednesday – 8th November 2017

Five African authors up for €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award

The Johannesburg Review of Books reports that five African authors have made the longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

Wole Soyinka’s Inaugural Lecture at the University of Johannesburg

Professor Wole Soyinka joined ​the University of Johannesburg as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University’s Faculty of Humanities this year.

First annual Ímbubé African Book Festival and Awards to kick off in Lagos

The inaugural Ímbubé African Book Festival and Awards will take place in Lagos this week.

New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.

Tuesday – 24th October 2017

2017 Abantu Book Festival line-up revealed!

The line-up for the second annual Abantu Book Festival has been announced!

Amabookabooka podcast features Asylum author Marcus Low

In the latest episode of Amabookabooka, a novel podcast about books and the people who write them, Marcus Low talks about his incredible ‘apocalyptic’ novel.

Monday – 23rd October 2017

Birds of a Feather – an endless search for an angel in a society of crooks

Anjawo, the illicit brew vendor, her family, the entire Nyakonja village are involved in an endless tussle, bickering over who deserves disciplinary action but ends up in frustrations.

Friday – 20th October 2017

The Sunset Honeymoon-Literary fiction on HIV/Aids versus culture

The story unfolds in Akondo’s homestead, inside a grass thatched kitchen used by village girls as their sleeping place.

Wednesday – 11th October 2017

House of Stone, the debut novel from Novuyo Tshuma, eagerly anticipated in the UK

Novuyo Tshuma’s first novel House of Stone will be published by Atlantic Books in the UK in June 2018.

The Single Story Foundation launch journal of writing from Africa and the diaspora

The Single Story Foundation has launched an online journal of literary writing from Africa and the diaspora.