Category: Somalia

  • Mogadishu Book Fair 2023 artists revealed

    Mogadishu Book Fair 2023 artists revealed

    The Mogadishu Book Fair 2023, the seventh edition of the festival in the Horn of Africa, will be running in Somalia from May 24 – 26, 2023. The Mogadishu Book Fair was founded by Sheikh Mohamed Diini to promote books, reading, literature, and culture while bringing together authors, scholars, poets, booksellers, publishers, and the Mogadishu…

  • Warsan Shire, Arinze Ifeakandu on Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 shortlist

    Warsan Shire, Arinze Ifeakandu on Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 shortlist

    Warsan Shire and Arinze Ifeakandu are on the shortlist for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 announced on Thursday, March 23, 2023. Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer who became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39. The International Dylan Thomas Prize…

  • Griffin Poetry Prize 2023 longlist announced

    Griffin Poetry Prize 2023 longlist announced

    The longlist for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2023 was announced in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest international prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English. The Canada-based prize was founded by businessman and philanthropist Scott Griffin in 2000. The…

  • Mogadishu Book Fair 2023 for May.

    Mogadishu Book Fair 2023 for May.

    The Mogadishu Book Fair 2023, the seventh edition of the festival in the Horn of Africa, will be running in Somalia from May 24 – 26, 2023. The Mogadishu Book Fair was founded by Sheikh Mohamed Diini to promote books, reading, literature, and culture while bringing together authors, scholars, poets, booksellers, publishers, and the Mogadishu…

  • Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 longlist announced

    Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 longlist announced

    Warsan Shire, Okwiri Oduor, Arinze Ifeakandu, and Derek Owusu are on the longlist for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 announced today, January 26, 2023. Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer who became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39. In his…

  • Book digest: Diriye Osman, Fred Khumalo, Taiye Selasi, Warsan Shire

    Book digest: Diriye Osman, Fred Khumalo, Taiye Selasi, Warsan Shire

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Warsan Shire, Diriye Osman, Fred Khumalo, and Taiye Selasi. Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire Publisher:  Penguin Random HousePublication Date: March 1, 2022Genre: PoetryLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it:  Penguin Random House…

  • Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2022 shortlist announced.

    Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2022 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2022 was announced on Monday, March 21, 2022. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, worth £3,000, was started in 2012 to revitalise African poetry and encourage a new generation of poets to get an international platform. It was founded by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo who…

  • Morland Writing Scholarships 2021 winners announced.

    Morland Writing Scholarships 2021 winners announced.

    Ope Adejedi, Asiya Gaildon, Tinashe Mushakavanhu,and Refilwe Mafokeng were declared Morland Writing Scholarships 2021 winners on Thursday, November 25, 2021. The Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers, popularly referred to as the Morland Writing Scholarship, is an opportunity to allow writers to finish a manuscript. Scholars writing fiction receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly…

  • Morland Writing Scholarships 2021 shortlist announced.

    Morland Writing Scholarships 2021 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Morland Writing Scholarships 2021 was announced today, October 11, 2021. The Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers, popularly referred to as the Morland Writing Scholarship, is an opportunity to allow writers to finish a manuscript. Scholars writing fiction receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over twelve months while those writing…

  • Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021 shortlist announced.

    Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021 has been announced today March 31, 2021. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, worth £3,000, was started in 2012 to revitalise African poetry and encourage a new generation of poets to get an international platform. It was founded by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo who…

  • Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards 2020 winners announced.

    Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards 2020 winners announced.

    Ladan Osman, Curdella Forbes, Jeffrey Colvin, and Albert Woodfox are the winners for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards 2020 announced on October 16, 2020. The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, named for US African American literary ancestors Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, honours the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe.…

  • Eliphas Nyamogo’s new anthology “End of the Dream” out now.

    Eliphas Nyamogo’s new anthology “End of the Dream” out now.

    Eliphas Nyamogo’s anthology End Of The Dream: 7 Short Stories On Postcolonial World Order, published by the Goethe-Institut Munich, is out now. Eliphas Nyamogo made his name as the head of the library at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi where he was at the centre of the literary events happening in the city. He ended his stint…

  • Nuruddin Farah’s “From A Crooked Rib” 50th anniversary celebration in Nairobi.

    Nuruddin Farah’s “From A Crooked Rib” 50th anniversary celebration in Nairobi.

    A fiftieth-anniversary celebration of Nuruddin Farah’s famed debut novel From A Crooked Rib was hosted at the new Cheche Bookshop and Café, Nairobi on Friday, February 14, 2020. Nuruddin Farah is one of the most respected names in world literature today. Famous for his many novels, he has also written plays both for stage and…

  • Nuruddin Farah to celebrate “From A Crooked Rib” 50th anniversary in Nairobi.

    Nuruddin Farah to celebrate “From A Crooked Rib” 50th anniversary in Nairobi.

    Nuruddin Farah is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his famed debut novel From A Crooked Rib at an event at the Cheche Bookshop and Café, Nairobi on Friday, February 14, 2020. Nuruddin Farah, one of the most respected names in world writing today, is most famous for his novels. The Somali novelist has…

  • Momtaza Mehri is Manchester Poetry Prize 2019 winner.

    Momtaza Mehri is Manchester Poetry Prize 2019 winner.

    Momtaza Mehri was announced the winner of the Manchester Poetry Prize 2019 at the Manchester Writing Competition on February 7, 2020. The Manchester Writing Competition is the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country’s most successful writing school. The Competition was established by UK Poet Laureate (2009-19) Carol Ann Duffy in…