What is African Writers Trust?
Established in 2009, African Writers Trust is a non-profit entity which seeks to coordinate and bring together African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent to promote sharing of skills and other resources, and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. AWT is governed by an Advisory Board and administered by the Director. It is assisted by a working group and volunteers. It is operational in London, United Kingdom and in Kampala, Uganda, where it’s registered as a company limited by guarantee. AWT’s activities and programmes are sponsored through donor funding, friends, philanthropists and supporters of African writing.
Why was AWT set up?
AWT rose out of a need to build a body that would connect, support and promote interaction between African writers in the Diaspora and writers on the continent. Increasingly, many African writers live and work in the Diaspora. However, there are limited opportunities for writers in the Diaspora to interact with their counterparts who live and work on the continent. AWT aims to facilitate and put in place structures that encourage synergism, writing development and publishing prospects.
An environment that nurtures writing, reading, publishing and promotion of African writers.
To build and sustain a strong supportive network of African writers in Africa and the Diaspora.
- To mobilise and link African writers worldwide
- To facilitate cross-cultural exchange between writers on the continent and those in the Diaspora
- To build strategic alliances with other bodies that promote African writers and their works
- To facilitate and coordinate efficient movement of African writers and their publications in and out of Africa
- To bring African literature to diverse and wider audiences
- To enhance and promote writing, publishing and marketing opportunities for African writers worldwide