Women and the Global Imagination call for poems

Dear Friends of the African Poetry Book Fund, The Prairie Schooner literary journal is excited to announce that our Winter 2014 issue will feature a poetry portfolio centered on the theme of Women and the Global Imagination, guest-edited by Alicia Ostriker. If you have work that you would like considered for this issue, send up […]

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The Essential Handbook for African Creative Writers

If you missed the launch of this wonderful book in Uganda, you can still read about it and rush to any of the leading bookshops in Kampala for a copy. Here’s the access to the launch article. Enjoy.

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AFRICAN WRITERS TRUST AND COMMONWEALTH WRITERS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

AFRICAN WRITERS TRUST AND COMMONWEALTH WRITERS EDITORIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, UGANDA, 16TH -20TH JUNE 2014 African Writers Trust in partnership with Commonwealth Writers will conduct an Editorial Skills Development workshop in Kampala, Uganda, from 16th to 20th June 2014. Led by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, a book editor with over fifteen years experience […]

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introducing StoryMondo

Direct from StoryMondo: Dear Writers This is to introduce StoryMondo, an exciting new website where you can publish your short stories and verse. But the writing we publish is special. It must have a “sense of place” – it must in some way illustrate features or evoke the atmosphere of a particular location. We publish […]

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The Segregated Gaze: Assia Djebar’s Women of Algiers in Their Apartment

Review by Lucy A. Armstrong Intimacy that is kept distant is a rare attribute in a book, one which few authors – such as Margaret Atwood – have been able to master effectively. But Algerian writer Assia Djebar conveys this sense of secrecy and detachment beautifully as she traces the shadows of her women in […]

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Non-fiction Workshop, Uganda 9-13 June 2014

Commonwealth Writers is running a non-fiction workshop in Uganda from 9-13 June 2014. Led by the Chair of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and former deputy editor of Granta, Ellah Allfrey, the workshop will explore different ways to approach creative non-fiction. Please note that this is not a journalism workshop. Creative non-fiction is a […]

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Call for Applications – African Writers Residency Award

The Sylt Foundation based on the island of Sylt, Germany is offering a two month literary residency to one selected winner of this prestigious Award. For details about the residency, application process, who to contact, etc, open the concept document below. Sylt Residency Concept Document 2014  

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An Ecstasy of Nightmares: Ben Okri’s Stars of the New Curfew

Book review by Lucy A. Armstrong Reading Ben Okri’s spectral Stars of the New Curfew is like undergoing a series of transitory hallucinations – garish and gory and without the illumination of his Booker Prize winner The Famished Road a few years later. Basking in imagery of shadows and putrid, blazing colours, the short story […]

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Apply for the 6th Regional Residency for African Women Writers

FEMRITE is calling for submissions for the 6th Residency for African Women Writers which will be co-hosted with the Swedish literary magazine Karavan, in October 2014. The 10-Day Writing Residency will give selected writers the opportunity to work on their writing projects, interact with other writers, give and receive literary feedback from mentors and to […]

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SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE: NIGERIAN POLITICS FROM BUHARI TO BABANGIDA.

A REVIEW OF MAX SIOLLUN’S ‘SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE’ By Henry Chukwuemeka Onyema  Publisher: CASSAVA REPUBLIC  Number of pages: 336 I consider the book essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Nigeria from 1983 till date, even though it covers the period 1983-1993. History is not popular in Nigeria. Rare is the Nigerian youth who […]

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