Category: Somaliland

  • LOATAD Black Atlantic Residency 2024 fellows announced

    LOATAD Black Atlantic Residency 2024 fellows announced

    The fellows of the LOATAD Black Atlantic Residency 2024 were announced in Accra, Ghana on Monday, January 29, 2024. The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) is a private library, archive, writing residency, and museum dedicated to the work of African and Diaspora writers from the late 19th century to the present day.…

  • Hargeysa International Book Fair 2023 starts July 22.

    Hargeysa International Book Fair 2023 starts July 22.

    The Hargeysa International Book Fair 2023 will be in hosted venues around Somaliland from July 22 – 27, 2023. The festival country partner is Morocco and the theme is “Resilience.” The Hargeysa International Book Fair, first hosted in 2008, has grown to become the biggest literary extravaganza on the Horn of Africa and one of…

  • Somaliland writer and scholar Said Jama Hussein has passed away.

    Somaliland writer and scholar Said Jama Hussein has passed away.

    Somaliland writer and scholar Said Jama Hussein died from cancer in London, UK on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.   Said Jama Hussein was a well-known Somali scholar, intensely devoted to the promotion of the Somali language and culture. He is the author of Shufbeeland and Safar Aan Jaho Lahayn; both are collections of short stories…

  • Hargeysa International Book Fair 2022 for Somaliland in July.

    Hargeysa International Book Fair 2022 for Somaliland in July.

    The Hargeysa International Book Fair 2022, now in its fifteenth year, will be hosted in the Somaliland capital from July 23-28, 2022. The festival country partner is Senegal and the theme is “Solidarity.” Since 2008, the Redsea Cultural Foundation has hosted the Hargeysa International Book Fair in Somaliland. Starting out with minimal numbers, the festival…

  • Translations: Nadifa Mohammed, Wole Soyinka, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Max Lobe

    Translations: Nadifa Mohammed, Wole Soyinka, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Max Lobe

    Translations for books by Nadifa Mohammed, Wole Soyinka, Ayesha Harruna Attah, and Max Lobe, are currently available for your reading pleasure. Book: Menino Mamba-NegraOriginal Title: Black Mamba Boy (2010)Author: Nadifa MohamedTranslator: Marina Della VallePublisher: TordesilhasPublishing Date: July 13, 2021Language: English to Portuguese Yemen, 1935. Jama is a “market boy,” a half-feral child scavenging with his…

  • Damon Galgut, Nadifa Mohamed on Booker Prize 2021 shortlist.

    Damon Galgut, Nadifa Mohamed on Booker Prize 2021 shortlist.

    Nadifa Mohamed and Damon Galgut are on the shortlist for the Booker Prize 2021 announced on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The Booker Prize for Fiction, worth £50,000, is a literary prize awarded annually for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. Since it started in 1969, it…

  • Nadifa Mohamed, Nathan Harris on Booker Prize for Fiction 2021 longlist.

    Nadifa Mohamed, Nathan Harris on Booker Prize for Fiction 2021 longlist.

    Nadifa Mohamed and Nathan Harris are on the longlist for the Booker Prize for fiction 2021 announced on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Also on the Booker Dozen list are South Africans Damon Galgut and Karen Jennings. The Booker Prize for Fiction, worth £50,000, is a literary prize awarded annually for the best original novel written…

  • Hargeysa International Book Fair 2021 set for July.

    Hargeysa International Book Fair 2021 set for July.

    The Hargeysa International Book Fair 2021 is set to happen at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, Hargeisa, Somaliland from July 24-29, 2021. The Hargeysa International Book Fair, hosted annually by the Redsea Cultural Foundation since 2008, is without a doubt the biggest literary extravaganza in the East African region. From humble beginnings, it is now one…

  • Covid-19: Hargeysa Book Fair cancelled, Abantu Book Fair seeks donations

    Covid-19: Hargeysa Book Fair cancelled, Abantu Book Fair seeks donations

    With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to affect the African literary calendar, Hargeysa International Book Fair 2020 has been cancelled while Abantu Book Fair 2020 seeks your donations. Hargeysa International Book Fair 2020 cancelled. The Hargeysa International Book Fair, the biggest literary festival on the horn of Africa, which was to run from July 20-25, was…

  • African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2020.

    African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2020.

    Covering the length and breadth of the African continent, here is a list of literary festivals you can attend in 2020. It is regularly updated as and when information becomes available. In 2019, African writing continued to produce festivals new and old to the delight of bibliophiles across the continent. There were many of the…

  • A snapshot of the Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019.

    A snapshot of the Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019.

    The Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019 was hosted in the Somaliland city of Hargeisa from July 20-25, 2019. The Hargeysa International Book Fair is the biggest literary fair in East Africa. The extravaganza, now in its 12th year, hosted authors, journalists, academics, publishers, artists, journalists, and other professionals from 23 different countries this year. Apart…

  • Five Literary festivals you can attend across Africa in July 2019.

    Five Literary festivals you can attend across Africa in July 2019.

    We share five literary festivals lovers of writing can attend across Africa in July 2019. Lovers of African writing have been enjoying the last few days as “Africa Writes” rolled into the capital of Brexit. They have been able to see some of the best writers, poets, intellectuals, and everything writing. If you are interested…

  • Nadifa Mohamed wins at UK’s Society of Authors’ Awards 2019.

    Nadifa Mohamed wins at UK’s Society of Authors’ Awards 2019.

    Nadifa Mohamed won a travelling scholarship at the UK’s Society of Authors’ Awards 2019 on June 17, 2019. The Society of Authors’ Awards is the UK’s biggest literary prize fund celebrating poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Held annually, it is a unique evening of celebration with each award chosen by authors for authors and judged by…

  • Egypt is Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019 guest country.

    Egypt is Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019 guest country.

    Egypt is the guest country for the Hargeysa International Book Fair 2019 to be held in Hargeysa, Somaliland from July 20 – 25, 2019. The Hargeysa International Book Fair, founded by Jama Musse Jama, is an annual cultural event in the Somaliland city of Hargeysa. The fair, which first ran in 2008, is now arguably…

  • Frankfurt Book Fair 2018: Rights in African Languages. #FBF18

    Frankfurt Book Fair 2018: Rights in African Languages. #FBF18

    “Rights in African Languages: Promoting networks and exchanges to facilitating trade” was a topic of discussion at the African pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 on October 11, 2018. The panel moderated by Nathalie Carré featured Eric Dusabimana, Dr Kenza Sefrioui, and Dr Jama Musse Jama. Rights for languages are an important aspect of…