Africa Writes 2013: Festival of African Literature


Africa Writes, the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary African and Diaspora literature returns for the second time. It will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July at the British library.

This year, in partnership with The British Library, The Royal African Society will to bring together some of the biggest names in African literature and some of the youngest and boldest emerging voices in the continent and the Diaspora to the world’s second largest library for a long weekend of critical debate and discussion on contemporary African Writing.

The event will feature an exciting series of book launches, readings, panel discussions, poetry, performances, children & youth workshops and other literary activities. The festival will also stage a public book fair for UK publishers of fiction and non-fiction books on Africa and by Africans.

This year’s highlight is tagged ‘Two Writers, Two Generations’: Ngugi wa Thiong’s and Mukoma wa Ngugi. Furthermore the five authors short-listed for the 2013 Caine prize will be in attendance as they will be engaged in an in-depth discussion of the continent’s flourishing literary cultures and futures. Also taking part are distinguished authors Doreen Baingana and Zoe Wicomb, and Professor Stephanie Newell.

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Africa Writes 2013 is organised by The Royal African Society in partnership with a host of other organisations including The Caine Prize, Kwani Literary Trust, Yardstick Festival, the Centre of African Studies, Pearson,  Black Reading Group & Black Book News, the London Afro-Caribbean Book Club, Numbi Arts, Sidensi, TedxEuston and the main partner, The British Library.

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    1. Unfortunately no, I am at the moment in Nigeria. It is in taking place in the UK, if you are in the UK, you should attend.