Category: Advocacy

  • Kagiso Lesego Molope thrown out of Canadian gala over Palestine

    Kagiso Lesego Molope thrown out of Canadian gala over Palestine

    Kagiso Lesego Molope was thrown out of the Politics and the Pen Writers’ Trust Gala in Ottawa, Canada over her remarks on the Palestine genocide on May 7, 2024. Kagiso Lesego Molope is not a new name for anyone who follows the African literary space. The South African currently based in Canada is the author…

  • Maaza Mengiste, Michelle Alexander withdraw from PEN World Voices Festival over Palestine

    Maaza Mengiste, Michelle Alexander withdraw from PEN World Voices Festival over Palestine

    Maaza Mengiste, Michelle Alexander, and other writers have withdrawn from the PEN World Voices Festival scheduled for New York, USA from May 10 – 13, 2024. PEN America’s World Voices Festival is a celebration of international literature and writers, founded by Salman Rushdie, Michael Roberts, and Esther Allen in 2004 with the inaugural event running…

  • Kenyan Readathon 2024 to kick off in April

    Kenyan Readathon 2024 to kick off in April

    The Kenyan Readathon 2024 dedicated to Kenyan books, celebrating its fifth year, is set to run from April to September. In 2020, literary activist Lexa Lubanga announced the “Kenya Readathon” initiative to celebrate writing from the East African nation. It was a virtual series to encourage readers to promote Kenyan authors with their work as…

  • Zukiswa Wanner Surrenders Germany’s Goethe Medal over Gaza Genocide

    Zukiswa Wanner Surrenders Germany’s Goethe Medal over Gaza Genocide

    South African author, publisher, and curator Zukiswa Wanner has today surrendered the Goethe Medal over Germany’s continued support of the genocide in Gaza. The Goethe Medal, first issued in 1955, has, since 1975 been recognised as an official badge of honour by the Federal Republic of Germany. Previous winners of the award include Daniel Barenboim,…

  • Authors, Organisations protest South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill

    Authors, Organisations protest South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill

    South Africa’s new Copyright Amendment Bill has been lambasted by authors and other artists both in the country and further afield. There are rumblings in South Africa about the Copyright Amendment Bill, the first comprehensive effort to modernise South Africa’s copyright law in half a century. It is an opportunity to bring the copyright system…

  • African and Black writers in solidarity with Gaza. #CeasefireNow

    African and Black writers in solidarity with Gaza. #CeasefireNow

    African and Black writers, poets, scholars, academics, and others have signed a statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people. On October 7, Hamas attacked military bases on Israel’s border from Gaza and captured hundreds of hostages. In retaliation, Israeli authorities who control the region unleashed violence with carpet bombing of hospitals, churches and mosques, apartments,…

  • Kenyan Readathon 2023 for September

    Kenyan Readathon 2023 for September

    The Kenyan Readathon 2023, a month-long event dedicated to Kenyan books, will be hosted this September for the fourth. In 2020, literary activist Lexa Lubanga announced the “Kenya Readathon” initiative to celebrate writing from the East African nation. It was a virtual series to encourage readers to promote Kenyan authors with their work as well…

  • Read Caribbean Month 2023 is here!

    Read Caribbean Month 2023 is here!

     “Read Caribbean Month,” dedicated to reading books written by Caribbean writers, was kicked off on Monday, June 5, 2023. The Caribbean, which hosts many people of African descent, has produced some of the most important writing in world literature for decades. It has produced winners of major international prizes like the Nobel Prize in Literature…

  • Tsitsi Dangarembga receives Norway Author’s Freedom of Expression Award 2022

    Tsitsi Dangarembga receives Norway Author’s Freedom of Expression Award 2022

    Tsitsi Dangarembga received the Norwegian Authors’ Union Freedom of Expression Award 2023 in Oslo, Norway on March 18, 2023. The Norwegian Authors’ Union (Norwegian: Den norske Forfatterforening) is an association of Norwegian authors established to promote Norwegian literature and protect Norwegian authors’ professional and economic interests in 1893. It also works in solidarity with persecuted…

  • Micere Mugo feted at Human Rights Defenders Awards 2022.

    Micere Mugo feted at Human Rights Defenders Awards 2022.

    Micere Mugo received her Human Rights Defenders Award 2022 at a ceremony at the Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi on Friday, January 6, 2023. Human Rights Defenders Awards are given to men and women who have demonstrated courage and impact in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The awards are presented in…

  • Tsitsi Dangarembga gets suspended sentence and fine.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga gets suspended sentence and fine.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga was given a five-year suspended sentence and a fine at a Harare Court on September 29, 2022. Tsitsi Dangarembga is the author of the Booker Prize longlisted novel This Mournable Body (2018) as well as others in the Tambudzai Trilogy series Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of Not (2006). In 2020 she…

  • Kenyan Readathon 2022 event at Alliance Française on September 10.

    Kenyan Readathon 2022 event at Alliance Française on September 10.

    The Kenyan Readathon 2022, dedicated to Kenyan books, will have an official event at Alliance Française, Nairobi on Saturday, September 10, 2022. In 2020, Booktuber and literary activist Lexa Lubanga announced a new initiative the “Kenya Readathon” to celebrate writing from the East African nation. The initiative encouraged readers to promote Kenyan authors with their…

  • 147,496 Kenyan children take part in Storymoja Read Aloud initiative.

    147,496 Kenyan children take part in Storymoja Read Aloud initiative.

    147,496 children in 836 schools across 40 counties participated, backed by 2,337 Reading Ambassadors took part in the Storymoja Read Aloud initiative on June 16, 2022. In 2013, the Storymoja Read Aloud campaign was started to get kids from as many schools around Kenya as possible to read from the same text at the same…

  • Third annual Kenyan Readathon for September.

    Third annual Kenyan Readathon for September.

    The Kenyan Readathon 2022, the third edition of the event, is set to run for the whole of September. In 2020, Booktuber and literary activist Lexa Lubanga announced the “Kenyan Readathon” to celebrate writing from the East African nation. The initiative encouraged readers to promote Kenyan authors with their beautiful works as well as support…

  • Pan South African Language Board Awards 2022 winners announced.

    Pan South African Language Board Awards 2022 winners announced.

    The winners of the Pan South African Language Board Awards 2022 were announced in a ceremony in Sandton, South Africa on June 15, 2022. The Pan South African Language Board, shortened to PanSALB, Multilingualism Awards were established to promote the use of mother tongue and multilingualism, particularly for individuals or organisations, who have excelled in…