The Royal African Society’s third Africa Writes festival comes to the British Library showcasing the best established and rising literary talent from Africa and its diaspora.
11 July The Caine Prize Seminar
11 July Reclaiming the Feminine Voice
12-13 July Africa Writes Festival Weekend
12 July Ama Ata Aiudoo: in conversation
With book launches, readings, discussions, performances, workshops and seminars, this festival promises to be engaging, enlightening and enthralling.
This year’s highlights include: An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo, author of Our Sister Killjoyand Changes, in conversation with translator and critic Wangui wa Goro; The Caine Prize 2014 Seminar, exploring the shortlisted writers’ literary influences and their take on the development of present-day African narratives; Africa in Translation: Poetry in (e)motion, a symposium exploring the works of a range of African poets and their translators, featuring Wangui wa Goro, André Naffis-Sahely and Vusi Mchunu joined by award-winning poets Gabriel Okoundji, Ribka Sibhatu and others; Reclaiming the Feminine Voice, with Young Poet Laureate for London Warsan Shire, Belinda Zhawi, Ribka Sibhatu and Chinwe Azubuike sharing poems covering issues of gender-based violence and migration, through to questions of creative freedom, pleasure and transgression, introduced and moderated by Jessica Horn, feminist writer and activist.