Category: World Literary Festivals

  • Abdulrazak Gurnah to headline Sharjah International Book Fair 2021.

    Abdulrazak Gurnah to headline Sharjah International Book Fair 2021.

    Abdulrazak Gurnah is the headline guest at this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair set to run from November 3-13, 2021. Sharjah International Book Fair is an international book fair held annually in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates since 1982. Recognized as one of the world’s top publishing events, it is the largest in the Arab world…

  • Angela Davis, Zukiswa Wanner, Lola Shoneyin for Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2020.

    Angela Davis, Zukiswa Wanner, Lola Shoneyin for Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2020.

    Angela Davis joins a raft of speakers like Lola Shoneyin, Zukiswa Wanner, and others for the Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2020 set to happen on June 27-28, 2020. The Women of the World or WOW Festival, which first took place at Southbank Centre, UK in 2010, was founded by Jude Kelly. Since then,…

  • Coronavirus: African Literature Association 2020 Conference cancelled.

    Coronavirus: African Literature Association 2020 Conference cancelled.

    The African Literature Association 2020 Conference has been cancelled over Coronavirus concerns. Coronavirus concerns have continued being at the centre of world activities in the last few weeks as the contagious illness goes throughout the world. Many countries have imposed bans on activities that bring large groups of people thus avoiding spreading the contagion. The…

  • Coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on World, African literature.

    Coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on World, African literature.

    The Coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on literary communities around the world in recent weeks. The Coronavirus, according to Wikipedia, is a disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on…

  • Cheluchi Onyemelukwe wins at Sharjah International Book Fair 2019.

    Cheluchi Onyemelukwe wins at Sharjah International Book Fair 2019.

    Cheluchi Onyemelukwe’s novel The Son of The House won the best international fiction prize at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2019 on October 30, 2019. The Sharjah International Book Fair is one of the leading festivals in the Middle East and Africa region. At the opening ceremony, the fair typically awards the best books written…

  • Kalaf Epalanga is Berlin’s African Book Festival 2020 curator.

    Kalaf Epalanga is Berlin’s African Book Festival 2020 curator.

    Kalaf Epalanga was announced as the curator for Berlin’s African Book Festival 2020 on September 23, 2019. The festival runs from April 17-19, 2020 with the theme “Telling the Origin Stories.” In April 2018, writers from across the African continent converged on Berlin for the African Book Festival with Chris Abani as the headliner. Booklovers…

  • A snapshot of Afrolution 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

    A snapshot of Afrolution 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

    Afrolution 2019, a festival with a literary focus, was hosted in venues in Berlin, Germany from June 13-16, 2019. The festival theme was “Pan Africanism revis[it]ed.” Afrolution is a festival with literature as its core, organised by Each One Teach One, that was hosted in Berlin, Germany this June. In the first edition in 2018,…

  • Africa Writes Bristol 2019 festival to celebrate African writing.

    Africa Writes Bristol 2019 festival to celebrate African writing.

    Africa Writes Bristol 2019 is set to celebrate contemporary literature and thought from Africa and the diaspora from June 30 – July 4, 2019. Africa Writes Bristol 2019, co-produced by TJ Dema and Kate Wallis, is an offshoot of the popular London, UK based Africa Writes festival that has been running since 2014. It is…

  • A snapshot of the African Book Festival 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

    A snapshot of the African Book Festival 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

    The African Book Festival 2019 was hosted in Berlin, Germany from April 4-7, 2019. Writers from across Africa and its diaspora attended the first edition of the InterKontinental organised African Book Festival in April 2018. The festival curated by Olumide Popoola was attended by some of the biggest names in African writing today with Chris…

  • Ben Okri keynote at the African Book Festival 2019 opening ceremony. #ABF2019

    Ben Okri keynote at the African Book Festival 2019 opening ceremony. #ABF2019

    The keynote at the opening ceremony at the African Book Festival 2019 was given by festival headliner Ben Okri on April 4, 2019. The African Book Festival 2019, now in its second year, made its official entry at the Babylon Theatre in Berlin Germany on the evening of Thursday, April 4th, 2019. The evening started…

  • A snapshot of the “Membrane: African Literatures Festival 2019” in Stuttgart, Germany.

    A snapshot of the “Membrane: African Literatures Festival 2019” in Stuttgart, Germany.

    The Membrane: African Literatures Festival 2019 was hosted in Stuttgart, Germany from May 23-26, 2019. The Membrane: African Literatures Festival was a four-day international literature festival hosted by Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut Français and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. It featured readings, conversations, interventions, lectures, culinary surprises and trajectories, exhibitions, performances, concerts and a German-Cameroonian…

  • eKitabu is Accessible Books Consortium Accessibility Awards 2019 winner.

    eKitabu is Accessible Books Consortium Accessibility Awards 2019 winner.

    Kenya’s eKitabu was announced as an Accessible Books Consortium Accessibility Awards 2019 winner for the best initiative at the London Book Fair 2019 on March 12, 2019. In 2014, the World Intellectual Property Organization universally known as WIPO launched the Accessible Books Consortium. The consortium was aimed at boosting the number of books in accessible…

  • A snapshot of the Atlantide Festival 2019.

    A snapshot of the Atlantide Festival 2019.

    The Atlantide Festival 2019, curated by Alain Mabanckou, was hosted in Nantes, France from February 28 to March 3, 2019. The Atlantide Literature Festival, founded in 2013, gathered fifty writers from 24 different nationalities to the French city of Nantes.  Just like in 2018, the artistic director of the festival now in its seventh year,…

  • Ben Okri to headline Berlin’s African Book Festival 2019.

    Ben Okri to headline Berlin’s African Book Festival 2019.

    Ben Okri will headline Berlin’s African Book Festival 2019. The festival with the theme “Transitioning from Migration“ is in its second year. In April, African writers met in Berlin for the African Book Festival 2018, the first of its kind in the European city. That event organised by the InterKontinental and curated by Olumide Popoola,…

  • Sharjah International Book Fair 2018: World Book Capital 2019 theme and logo launched.

    Sharjah International Book Fair 2018: World Book Capital 2019 theme and logo launched.

    The World Book Capital 2019 theme and logo were launched at the opening ceremony of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2018 on October 31, 2018. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Open Books, Open Minds.’ The World Book Capital is the city which UNESCO designates to be the headquarters of activities for World Book…