Diana Evans

Diana Evans to headline Africa Writes Exeter 2024

Diana Evans is the headline act at Africa Writes Exeter 2024 which runs in Exeter, UK from June 7 – 9, 2024.

Africa Writes, a program of the Royal African Society, is the UK’s leading platform celebrating the best contemporary African writing. Since 2012, they have hosted literary festivals in London and Bristol. As part of Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature programme, an Exeter-based edition was hosted in 2022 with a successful rerun in 2023.

The 2024 edition of Africa Writes Exeter, with Diana Evans as the headline act, is set to be run in the British town from June 7 – 9. Evans is a British novelist, journalist, and critic who has written four full-length novels 26a (2005), The Wonder (2009), Ordinary People (2018), and A House for Alice (2023). She has been recognised for this work with several awards like the Orange Award for New Writers, the Betty Trask Award, the deciBel Writer of the Year award, and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature 2019. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Orwell Prize. She will be in conversation with the local debut novelist Fiona Williams.

Africa Writes Exeter 2024
Africa Writes Exeter 2024

Some of the other guests will be Olumide Popoola, Pumla Dineo Gqola, Tomi Adesina, Dinah Salah Al-Din, Musih Tedji Xaviere, JJ Bola, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, Varaidzom, Zakiya McKenzie, Aaliyah Kara, Kalkidan Legesse, Malcolm Richards and Peace Adzo Medie.

Those who attend the festival will be treated to panels, readings, workshops, conversations, book signings, an evening of word and music, opportunities to buy books, a film screening, and much more. For the full program, please click here.

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