Anthology of Non-fiction from Africa – Call for Proposals. Deadline 20 April

Commonwealth Writers are inviting writers from Commonwealth African countries to submit proposals for a piece of creative non-fiction. We’re seeking stories from the continent of Africa, by African writers – in the form of creative non-fiction, including memoir, life-writing, literary reportage and essays.  Specific, rigorous and reflective, these stories will introduce new perspectives to readers […]

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FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2015

The inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and […]

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Here to Stay: An African Literary Renaissance

This blog was first published on Commonwealth Writers site. By Louise Umutoni, a Rwandan writer and journalist who has worked as a journalist in Rwanda and Canada, and is the founder of Andika Ma, a literary community of Rwandan female writers. Writing from the Uganda International Writers’ Conference, she charts an African literary renaissance and asks […]

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Time, Place and the Diaspora Writer

This blog was first published on Commonwealth Writers site. By Mildred Barya  Criticism of an African writer writing from a distance (those born or living in the Diaspora who write about Africa) inevitably focuses on the writers’ identity and the space they occupy, rather than how they’ve crafted their work. Does this imply that some […]

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Day 4, morning session: Literary prizes and Contests for African writers

Focus on The Etisalat Prize for Literature, Commonwealth Short Story Prize and The Africa39 Project The emergence of literary prizes and writing contests for African writers in the past decade has boosted the creative energies of writers and propelled the winners to international stardom. The winning books are guaranteed high sales, and the financial benefits […]

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Day 3, The Rise of Digital Literature and Publishing: Re-examining the Book Business in the 21st Century

4th March, 2015 Morning session Panelists: Dilman Dila of Lawino Literary Magazine, Uganda and Melissa Kyeyune of KHAMEL Publishing, Uganda.     Second morning to afternoon session: Life Writing: Recollecting the Self and Narrating Multiple Voices Panelists: Noo Saro-Wiwa on writing Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, Granta, 2012, and Hilda Twongyeirwe on Mediating Rural […]

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Day 2, evening session:Keynote speech by Prof. Zakes Mda

Topic: Memoir as Remembered Narrative Zakes Mda’s autobiography: Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider, was the New York Times Notable Book for 2012. It was first published by Penguin books in 2011, and Farrar Straus and Giroux in 2012. Zakes has published 21 books and has been translated into 20 languages. He […]

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Day 2, African Literary Renaissance: Return to Glory or Superficial Gloss?

3rd March, 2015. Morning session In the years following independence (1960’s for most African countries), many African writers including Chinua Achebe, Okot p’Bitek, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Nuruddin Farah, Ama Ata Aidoo, Flora Nwapa, wrote and published high quality literature which has withstood the test of time. Their works launched Africa’s Literature on the international literary […]

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Day 1, Afternoon Session: at Femrite Readers/Writers Club in Kamwokya

Guests and participants in the 2nd AWT International Conference in Uganda visit FEMRITE offices and hold conversations about the writing process. First, the books. All Femrite publications A few of the guests: More:   Catching up

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Day 1, Morning sessions: Presentations from Successful Literary Initiatives in Africa

2nd March, 2015 Morning In this room, writers and storytellers gather to talk about books and literary initiatives. It’s the second Uganda International Writers Conference. Among the guests include AWT’s keynote speaker: Zakes Mda from South Africa/USA, UK/Uganda writer: Jennifer Makumbi, Nigeria/UK: Noo Saro-Wiwa, Nigeria/USA: Chinelo Okparanta, Uganda/Canada: Juliane Okot Bitek, Malawi: Timwa Lipenga and […]

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