We are looking for educators, activists, academics, artists and writers to join us for a trial working group session that will discuss the uniformity of the current English literature curriculum at secondary school level in England, with a particular focus on the lack of African literature. The session will discuss the consequent issues resulting from the lack of literary diversity, considering what the impact is on learners; this session is part of Afrikult.’s Words that Travel Research and Development workshop programme that will take place in Norwich and London this summer term. We will be drawing on practical examples to highlight the positive outcomes of African literature being taught within secondary level education. The two hour working group session will be held in Norwich in late May and in London in mid-July. Details of speakers and venue will be confirmed and sent to invited participants ahead of the event.Continue reading “Participate in our ‘Words that Travel’ Working Groups in Norwich and London”
With lyrical flair, Peter Kimani whisks the reader on a journey of the Iron Snake railway as it travels from the coast and cuts through dense forestry. The advent of the railway is the advent of Kenya’s colonisation, which beckons indentured labourers from India to its shores, a country also currently colonised by the British. In its complicated tracks, Kimani masterfully lays one story of Kenya’s history, probing ideas of national identity and belonging, and love lost through the beginnings of the Lunatic Express to the Big Man leading the country towards her independence. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Dance of the Jakaranda | Peter Kimani”
We are thrilled to announce that Afrikult. has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to deliver our research and development workshop programme to schools in London and Norwich, all under the title ‘Words that Travel’. Following the success of the three-part event series Afrikult. ran in 2016-17, the team decided to turn the focus of the 2018 edition of the series to workshops traveling from Norwich to London and rounding-off the year with a lounge event. Continue reading “Afrikult. awarded funding for ‘Words that Travel’ workshop series”
We’ve reached the last day of 2017, and what a year it has been! There have been some amazing titles to come out this year and we are looking forward to adding more exciting titles to our shelves in 2018. We have had a chance to reflect on 2017 and wanted to share our top five highlights of the year. Continue reading “Top 5 Highlights of 2017”
If you’re fan of Buchi Emecheta or just getting to know the pioneering novelist’s work, we want to hear from you! Afrikult. is running an exclusive competition for the forthcoming Celebrating Buchi Emecheta event on Saturday 3rd February 2018 – an all-day celebration of the life and work of the acclaimed Nigerian novelist, who passed away in January 2017. Continue reading “Celebrating Buchi Emecheta x #WhyBuchi Competition”
We are ecstatic to share our newest addition to the Afrikult. team: Uviwe Ntsaluba and Keren Lasme! Both Uviwe and Keren have joined us in overseeing Afrikult.’s website and social media – and we are thrilled to welcome them on-board.
Beatrice Lamwaka (born and raised in Alokolum, Gulu) is a Ugandan writer. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story “Butterfly Dreams”. She is the founder and director of the Arts Therapy Foundation,[a non-profit organisation that provides psychological and emotional support through creative arts therapies. She is the general secretary of PEN Uganda Chapter and an executive member of the Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO). She has served on the executive board of the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE), where she has been a member since 1998. Lamwaka’s writing has been translated into Spanish and Italian; she released her anthology of short stories Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories in 2016. Continue reading “Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka on Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories”
FEMRITE has been described as one of ‘the most organised literary initiatives in Africa promoting female authorship’ and we are inclined to agree. As a non-profit publisher of fiction and creative non-fiction, FEMRITE champions Ugandan women writers with their literary nurturing. Founded in 1996 by female academics and students lead by Mary Karooro Okurut at Makerere University, the organisation provides writers workshops, editorial services, training, writers residencies and a resource centre with space to work in. It supports young writers and encourages reading for pleasure; Continue reading “FEMRITE @ 20: A Cornerstone of Ugandan Literature”