Wednesday, 21 June 2017
We are gearing up for Africa Writes 2017 – the annual African literature festival extraordinaire hosted at the British Library by Royal African Society. Every year the festival attracts a large buzzing audience of readers, publishers, writers and organisations involved in the African literary genre.
This year’s programme highlights themes of language, archives, ownership amongst many others. Headline events include francophone author Alain Mabanckou, storytelling performances by Maimouna Jallow and Mara Menzies and opens with Rhythm and Poetry (R.A.P) Party, a night of hip-hop inspired poetry hosted by Inua Ellams and Theresa Lola!
The festival is pretty awesome and caters to everyone who loves African literature, ranging from panel discussions, showcases, roundtables, workshops, book launches, performances and exhibitions.
What’s more there’s an exciting opportunity for writers to workshop their fiction in ‘My Pencils Outlast Their Erasers’: Editing Masterclass for Writers with Ellah Allfrey with very limited spaces. If you’re planning to attend the festival you should get your tickets now!
Afrikult. at Africa Writes 2017: Afrikult. launched at Africa Writes 2014 and has since been involved in the festival’s programme. As programme partners this year we’re supporting by delivering workshops and a bookclub.
Workshops at Parliament Hill Secondary School
In partnership with RAS’ Education Programme, we delivered two half-day workshops ‘Poetry, Performance and African Languages’ and ‘Writing and Rioting: Women’s Use of the Pen’ at Parliament Hill on 6 – 7 June.
Using the topics explored as stimulus, we invited the pupils to engage in creative writing where they produced wonderful pieces. This work will be presented at the Africa Writes Young Voices Showcase and will be later published in a digital anthology.
African Books to Inspire: Buchi Emecheta Bookclub
We’ve linked up with Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed (founder of bookshy) and Nancy Adimora (founder of AFREADA) to host a bookclub celebrating the legacy and works of Buchi Emecheta. This bookclub is open to fans of Emecheta and those new to her work or wanting to discover more of her legacy. The African Books to Inspire: Buchi Emecheta Bookclub will run on Sunday 2 July at 12.45pm directly after Remembering Buchi Emecheta. Zaahida will be running the session with Zahrah and Nancy. Marcelle is part of the Africa Writes team this year so will not be taking part.
There you have it, you know where to be next weekend. Grab your tickets and we hope to see you on the dance floor at the R.A.P Party next Friday!
With literary love, Marcelle and Zaahida