Saraba Magazine Releases New Fiction Supplement, “Let’s Talk About Something Else”

 

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Press Release

Saraba Magazine is delighted to announce the release of Suzanne Ushie’s new short story titled “Let’s Talk About Something Else”

“Let’s Talk About Something Else” is the compelling story of Uzilibe, a young woman who walks away from a job everyone else thinks she should have held onto. In the process, she tests the limits of a friendship, discovers the power of narrative, and perhaps finds herself. Continue reading

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SMALL ISLAND ANTHOLOGY

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Deadline Wednesday 5 October (11.59pm in any time zone)

We’re inviting writers from islands in the Commonwealth* to submit stories for a new anthology.

 The anthology will include poetry, short stories, and nonfiction – which can include creative non-fiction, memoir, and photo or narrative essays – from an island perspective.  Continue reading

More Than 6 Months On, Novelist Ahmed Naji Awaits Scheduling of Appeal — Arabic Literature (in English)

“We invite all writers, journalists, and those interested in freedom of expression and creativity to attend the Bulaq Abu Al-Aila Misdemeanour court session scheduled for Saturday, August 27 to hear the defense’s motion for a stay of the two year sentence issued against writer#AhmedNaji[.]”

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CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE PROPOSALS At the Crossroads of Art and Society: Niyi Osundare and Poetry in Nigeria

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The seventieth birthday of Nigerian poet and professor of comparative literature, Niyi Osundare, invites deeper reflection on the poet-scholar’s life and contributions to literary cultures in Nigeria and the world generally. Although a number of significant studies have emerged in the past few years to study Osundare’s poetry within a range of contextual, thematic and stylistic conventions, particularly focusing on the “accessibility” of his verses and his political commitments as a poet, there still remain significant gaps and scantiness in focused appreciation of Osundare’s poetic oeuvre. His contributions to the “language” of “Nigerian poetry,” to socio-political criticism of the postcolony as well as his consistent agitation for committed ethical disposition towards the environment cannot be overstated. This special issue hopes to address some of these gaps by bringing into discussion intersections of ideas of humanism, community, environment, economics and the cosmopolitan space in the poetry of Osundare. Continue reading

Lidudumalingani wins seventeenth Caine Prize for African Writing

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Lidudumalingani has won the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Memories We Lost’ published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). The Chair of Judges, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, announced Lidudumalingani as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held this evening (Monday, 4 July) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Continue reading

Literary icon, Elechi Amadi, is dead

Popular Nigerian author, Capt. Elechi Amadi, has died aged 82.

Amadi, who wrote famous books like The ConcubineIsiburuSunset in Biafra, and Peppersoup and The Road to Ibadan, died at about 3:15pm on Wednesday, about a week after he became ill.

A close confidant to the literary icon told our correspondent that the deceased was billed to be at Wednesday’s annual book reading programme organised in Port Harcourt by Total Exploration and Production, but could not make it as a result of his ill health.

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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016 Winners

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The Brunel University African Poetry Prize in partnership with Commonwealth Writers

PRESS RELEASE – WINNERS 2016   
The joint winners of the 2016 Brunel University African Poetry Prize are Gbenga Adesina(Nigeria) and Chekwube O. Danladi (Nigeria).

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Event: Manchester Literature Festival Presents: Marlon James, 27 May 2016, Manchester

Manchester Literature Festival Presents:

Marlon James

27 May 2016, 7pm, Manchester

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One of the most exciting voices to emerge from the Caribbean, Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize with A Brief History of Seven Killings. A fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976, A Brief History is an ambitious and exhilarating masterpiece that spans three decades. Narrated in multiple voices including killers, con-men, drug dealers and CIA agents, the story captures the tensions, politics, culture and characters of Jamaica with style and energy.

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Omenana: Call for Submissions

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Omenana, a tri-monthly speculative fiction e-magazine, is open to submissions from writers from Africa and the African Diaspora. Stories and art must be speculative fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction,Horror or Magical Realism) and must involve characters, settings or themes directly related to the African continent. Stories and art should challenge normative ideas about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious belief. All stories and art must be in English (translations welcome), must be original works (no fan fiction, sorry) and previously unpublished. Continue reading