Writers at the Festival Fim do Caminho 2017

African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2018

Here is a list of African literary festivals you can attend in 2018.

2017 promised and delivered to literary feast of festivals in all corners of the continent. Writers and readers met and interacted in many different venues in many types of environments. Some like Kaduna Book and Arts Festival and Mboka Festival were new while the older ones like Ake Festival and Abantu Book Festival prospered. The one thing they had in common was the love of the written word.

2017 promises just as much literary high jinks as was seen in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It’s a great year with Durban as city of literature and many fun things planned for that South African coastal town.

Here are some of the events that you the book lover can check out some of your favourite author in your town. Please note that this is a work in progress and will be updated as and when information is availed to this blogger.


Event: Mboka Festival 2018
Date: January 6-20, 2018.
Venue: Banjul, The Gambia (many venues)
Information: Our Festival Portal.

Event: Cairo International Book Fair 2018
Venue: Cairo, Egypt.
Dates:  January 27- February 15
Information: Cairo International Book Fair Opens with 2.5 Mil Visitors


Event: Salon International de l’Edition et du Livre de Casablanca (Casablanca International Book Fair) 2018
Venue: Casablanca, Morocco
Dates: February 08-18th, 2018
Report: A snapshot of the Casablanca International Book Fair 2018.


Event: Time of the Writer 2018
Venue: Durban, South Africa
Dates: 12-17 March
Information: https://www.facebook.com/TimeoftheWriter or our 2018 festival page.


Event: International Book Fair of Tunis 2018
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia.
Dates: Friday, April 06 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

Event: 72 heures du Livre 2018
Venue: Conakry, Guinee (various venues)
Dates: April 23-29
Information: https://www.facebook.com/72heuresdulivre/

Event: Rutanang Book Festival 2018
Venue: Tlokwe, South Africa
Dates: April 26-28
Information: https://rutanangbookfair.wordpress.com/ 


Event: Nigeria International Book Fair 2018
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
Dates: May 6-11

Event: Niyi Osundare Literary Festival 2018.
Venue:  Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Dates: May 29-30.


Event: South Africa’s Children Book Fair 2018
Date: 07-10 June
Venue: Blue Wing Conference Centre, Ticketpro Dome, Randburg.
Tickets: Adults – R50.00; Pensioners – R30.00, Children (ages 13 – 17) – R20.00; Children 12 years and below – free entry.
Information: www.sachildrenbookfair.co.za

Event: Abuja Literary Festival 2018
Date: June 28-30, 2018
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria.


Event: Hargeysa International Book Fair 2018
Venue: Hargeysa, Somaliland
Dates: July 21-26, 2018

Event: FEMRITE Week of Literary Activities
Venue: Uganda Museum Kampala
Dates: July 23rd-28th


Event: Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival 2018
Venue: Mbale, Uganda.
Dates: August 3-5, 2018
Information: http://babishainiwe.com/

Event: Mogadishu Book Fair 2018
Venue: Mogadishu, Somalia.
Dates: August 15-17.
Information: Facebook and Twitter.

Event: Writivism Festival 2018
Venue: Kampala, Uganda.
Dates: August 17 – 19
Information: https://writivism.org/

Event: Ghana International Book Fair 2018
Venue: Accra, Ghana
Dates: August 30 – September 2
Information:  Official Website.


Event: Tilembe Literary Festival 2018
Venue: Lusaka, Zambia.
Dates: September 5-8.
Information: Tilembe Facebook Pages.

Event: Kaduna Book & Arts Festival 2018 (Kabafest 2018)
Venue: Kaduna, Nigeria.
Dates: September 5-8.
Information: Kabest Facebook Pages.

Event: Accra International Book Festival 2018.
Venue: Accra, Ghana.
Dates: September 6-9.
Information: http://accrabookfest.com/

Event: Open Book Festival 2018
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: September 5-9, 2018.
Information: http://openbookfestival.co.za/

Event: South African Book Fair 2018
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dates: 7-9 September 2018
Information: http://www.southafricanbookfair.co.za/

Event: Polokwane Literary Festival 2018.
Venue: Polokwane, South Africa.
Dates: September 11-15.
Information:  https://www.facebook.com/PLKLitfair/

Event: Gaborone Book Fair 2018
Venue: Gaborone, Botswana.
Dates: September 21-22.
Information: Gaborone Book Fair 2018 Facebook

Event: Nairobi International Book Fair 2018
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: September 26-30.


Event: Kistrech International Poetry Festival 2018.
Venue: Kisii, Kenya.
Dates: October 3-9.

Event: Pa Gya! A literary Festival 2018
Venue: Accra, Ghana.
Dates: October 19-21.

Event: Tunis Book Fair 2018.
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia.
Dates: October 19-28.

Event: Ake Arts & Books Festival 2018
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
Dates: October 25-27
Information: http://www.akefestival.org/ 

Event: International Book Fair of Algiers (Salon International Du Livre d’Alger)
Venue: Algiers, Algeria.
Dates: October 25 – November 03.
Information: http://www.sila-dz.com

Event: Lagos International Poetry Festival 2018
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria.
Dates:  October 31- November 4.


Event: Lagos Arts and Book Festival 2018
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
Dates: November 5-11

Event: Foire internationale du livre à Ouagadougou 2018
Venue: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Dates: To be confirmed.


Event: Abantu Book Festival 2018
Venue: Soweto, South Africa
Dates: December 6-9.

Event: Crater Literary Festival 2018.
Venue: Enugu state National Library Conference hall, Enugu, Nigeria.
Date: 7th and 8th December,2018.
Theme: The Landscape of Creativity.

Event: Salon du livre de Brazzaville (Brazzaville Book Fair)
Venue: Brazzaville
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: Ba re e ne re literary Festival
Venue: Maseru, Lesotho
Dates: To be confirmed.



11 responses to “African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2018”

  1. The Crater Literary Festival avatar

    Never been to south east Nigeria?
    You can also attend 2018 The Crater Literary Festival, Enugu, Nigeria. This will be the 2nd Edition.
    Theme: The Landscape of Creativity.
    Date: 7th and 8th December,2018.
    Venue: Enugu state National Library Conference hall.

    1. James Murua avatar
      James Murua

      Thanks for the addition guys. I have added the festival to the list.

  2. Kwabena avatar

    You can also attend the Accra International Book Festival (AIBF) scheduled for September 6 to 9, 2018 at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra, Ghana. Visit the site at http://www.accrabookfest.com

    1. James Murua avatar
      James Murua

      Thanks Kwabena. I’ve updated this on the blog. Good luck.

  3. Kwabena avatar

    Accra International Book Festival (AIBF), will take place from September 6th – 9th, 2018. You can visit the event’s website at http://www.accrabookfest.com

  4. Caroline avatar

    No date yet for storymoja festival 2018

    1. James Murua avatar
      James Murua

      They have not announced the dates yet.

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