Africa Writes 2019 Programme

Africa Writes 2019 Programme Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July The British Library From Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2019 we’ll be bringing together over 60 of the most influential voices in contemporary writing from Africa and its diaspora, for the eighth edition of Africa Writes! This exciting literary weekend features writers […]

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Our Daughters’ Fathers

Our Daughters’ Fathers Saturday 6 July, 11:15 – 12:30 British Library Knowledge Centre, Main Auditorium With Theresa Lola, Keisha Thompson, Sitawa Namwalie & Fatimah Kelleher. Love, fear, pain and joy – just some of the things that characterise daughters’ relationships with their fathers and grandfathers. In this session, we bring together poets and playwrights who […]

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Africa in London

Africa in London Saturday 6 July, 11:30 – 12:15 British Library Knowledge Centre, Bronte Room Join us for a collective listening session to hear the diverse sounds and stories of Africans living in London and an artistic response to these testimonies. We come together to explore a range of experiences and reflections collected by the […]

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Meet the 2018 Caine Prize Shortlisted Writers!

The shortlist for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, featuring stories that tackle “the ordinary in an extraordinary manner” and celebrate the diversity of the African short-story writing tradition for the twentieth edition of the Prize. The five-writer shortlist, which includes authors from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, was announced by […]

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Unpacking the private sector. An interview with Unusual suspects researcher Sarah Cummings.

If you are working in today’s development sector, you are bombarded with abbreviations, acronyms and complex jargon on a daily basis. The notions of ‘multi-stakeholder partnerships’ and ‘working with the private sector’ will most likely be all too familiar, but, as Sarah Cummings argues, “when we talk about working with the private sector, people often don’t […]

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The Cape Cod Bicycle War: Billy Kahora in Conversation with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

The Cape Cod Bicycle War: Billy Kahora in Conversation with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey Friday 28 June, Foyles, SU21 Brigstowe St, Bristol BS1 3BH 19:30 – 20:30 £4 Exploring tensions and transitions of lives in-between youthful folly and precarious adulthoods, Kenyan writer Billy Kahora celebrates and reflects on the launch of his anticipated collection of short stories […]

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The End 101: Finishing That Creative Piece

The End 101: Finishing That Creative Piece Saturday 29 June, Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH 11:30 – 13:30 FREE: Registration required Creative writing success relies on talent, work ethic individuality, but at times even on luck. In addition to this, a technical understanding of elements of craft is also crucial. […]

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Creatively Producing Literature

Creatively Producing Literature Saturday 29 June, Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH 11:30 – 13:30 FREE: Registration required A workshop for aspiring creatives with an interest in working with words. Lily Green, lead artist and director of creative/experimental publisher No Bindings, will guide you through exercises to devise your own unique, […]

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A Fun ABC: Family Workshop

A Fun ABC: Family Workshop Saturday 29 June, Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8YH 13:30 – 15:30 FREE Come on a super-fun adventure with Sade Fadipe! This drop-in creatively educational, storytelling workshop is set around her book A Fun ABC. Written in bouncy rhyming style, this book gives children fantastic insights […]

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Our Bodies Speak Poetry: Meet the Poets

Our Bodies Speak Poetry, our first headline event, is set to be an exciting evening filled with awe-inspiring storytelling, and a poetical exploration into our relationship with the (physical, political, and fantastical) body. The evening will open with a dance piece by Adesola Akinleye, accompanied by music curated by BORN::FREE, one of London’s leading platforms […]

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