Events: African Literature at the London Literature Festival, 5 -16 October 2016, London

London Literature Festival

Living in Future Times

Wednesday 5 October 2016 – Sunday 16 October 2016

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The world today increasingly resembles the realm of science fiction. From satellites which map our every movement to robots in the workplace, the stuff of fantasy is becoming reality. And beneath the surface of modern life, winds of change are coursing through every part of society, politics and beyond.

In uncertain times, how can the imagination give us access to other worlds which cast light back on our own? And what role can writers play in showing us better worlds to come?

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Call for Abstracts: ALA conference 2017 – Africa and the World, deadline 15 November 2016

Call for Abstracts

African Literature Association Conference 2017

Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies

ALA2017The theme chosen for the June 14-17, 2017 conference at Yale seeks to engage with and interrogate recent shifts in critical and theoretical frameworks from regional, national, and “postcolonial” models towards “world literature” as a framework for understanding the literatures of the Global South. How useful is the category of world literature in our ongoing contestation of Eurocentrism in the interpretation of African literatures and cultures? What possibilities are offered by African literatures and cultures for (re)imagining the world, including the “world” posited by recent theorizations?

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Call for Nominations: African Literature Association (ALA) Awards Announcement 2017, Deadline: 1 September 2016

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The African Literature Association is currently accepting nominations for the following awards. Please note the deadlines and the specified individual to whom and all nominations and materials should be addressed. The awards will be presented at the ALA 43rd Annual Meeting and Conference, June 2017, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.

Graduate Student Best Essay Award (Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016)
For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. Authors must be current members of the ALA. The paper must have been presented at the preceding ALA conference (i.e. in 2016). (The expectation is that authors have had the benefit of comments at the conference and have revised the paper).

Send the following by email to: Marie Kruger (marie-kruger@uiowa.edu)
(1) the paper and an abstract, in Word document, with no name or any other identifying mark anywhere;
(2) a pdf file of the 2016 ALA conference Program…

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Event: Jeremy Corbyn and Ben Okri, 15 July 2016, London

Jeremy Corbyn and Ben Okri
In Conversation

Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London

15 July 2o16

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aquotesPoetry and politics meet in a conversation between Ben Okri and Jeremy Corbyn.

On 12 September 2015 Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in a landslide victory.

On that day he spoke of some of the people who have inspired him on his extraordinary journey. He said ‘The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love.’ The author of those words was Ben Okri.

Okri responded with a poem dedicated to Corbyn, titled A New Dream of Politics.

Now, join us as these two men meet for the first time live on stage. United by a desire to make our world a kinder, fairer place, they discuss the forces that have made them who they are, the state of…

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Q&A with Ernest Emenyonu on African Children’s Literature

ALT 33At the recent African Literature Association conference in Atlanta, Africa in Words had the opportunity to speak with Ernest N. Emenyonu, Professor and Chair of the Africana Studies department at the University of Michigan-Flint, about African Literature Today’s latest issue, “Children’s Literature and Story-telling” (ALT 33). 

Stephanie Santana for AiW, with questions provided by Tamara Moellenberg

What inspired you to feature children’s literature in the latest issue of African Literature Today? Why children’s literature now?

It’s really because it has been a very important genre that has consistently been ignored. I did a random survey—teachers, critics who came to conferences—about their feelings, attitudes, and perceptions of African children’s literature, and I was horrified that they continued to put it down as not being a serious genre. I also had contacted a number of publishers, and I found out that books for children were actually at the bottom of their budget…

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CfP: African and Diasporan African Literature: Imaginings, Modernities and Visions, 5-6 October 2016, Pretoria, Deadline: 30 May 2016

Call for Papers

Second Call

Tydskrif vir Letterkunde and the Southern Modernities Project

present a conference on

“African and Diasporan African Literature:

Imaginings, Modernities and Visions”

5-6 October 2016

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Deadline for Proposals: 30 May 2016

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Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (TL), a journal for African Literature, celebrates its 80th anniversary in September 2016. The editorial collective in conjunction with the Southern Modernities Project at the University of Pretoria issue the following Call for Papers: “African and Diasporan African Literature: Imaginings, Modernities and Visions”.

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Q&A with Toni Stuart: Poetry gives people the power to make their voices heard

AiW Guest: Matthew Lecznar

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Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator, who presently works between Cape Town and London. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books in South Africa and internationally. In 2013, she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans for her work in co-founding I Am Somebody! – an NGO that uses storytelling and youth development to build integrated communities. In 2014/2015 she was a Chevening Scholar in the UK where she graduated with an MA Writer/Teacher from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Toni is currently in London, performing, speaking, and undertaking a number of inter-disciplinary collaborations with a range of artists. For a full list of Toni’s performances in London, you can visit her blog. For updates and live info, follow her on Twitter: @nomadpoet and Instagram: @tonistuart83

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Event: Manchester Literature Festival Presents: Marlon James, 27 May 2016, Manchester

Manchester Literature Festival Presents:

Marlon James

27 May 2016, 7pm, Manchester

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One of the most exciting voices to emerge from the Caribbean, Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize with A Brief History of Seven Killings. A fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976, A Brief History is an ambitious and exhilarating masterpiece that spans three decades. Narrated in multiple voices including killers, con-men, drug dealers and CIA agents, the story captures the tensions, politics, culture and characters of Jamaica with style and energy.

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Event: New Voices of Nigeria, 6 April 2016, Oxford Literary Festival

New Voices of Nigeria:

Elnathan John, Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Leye Adenle

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

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aquotesA group of authors and publishers join forces to discuss new Nigerian writing to mark the launch of Cassava Republic Press in the UK. The group will be introduced by Nigerian-born Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri.

Elnathan John is author of Born on a Tuesday, a debut novel that is a tale of brotherhood and tragedy set in modern Nigeria’s complex religious landscape. Sarah Ladipo Manyika is author of Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, a story of ageing, friendship and loss. Leye Adenle’s Easy Motion Tourist is a crime novel featuring a feisty female protagonist taking on the dark criminal underworld of Lagos.

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African Stories by African People

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‘The system of storytelling on Africa is too often incomplete, stereotyped – and specious…Media reporting on Africa rarely focuses on everyday matters or the curiosities of daily life…Rather than “the African story” there are very many African stories, and what I can do, as a journalist, is to tell some of them. Africa is not rich or poor, educated or illiterate, progressive or archaic. What Africa is depends on which part of it you are referring to. No single story can adequately reflect that, but a multiplicity of stories can and should broaden our received wisdom about the continent. With more platforms and opportunities than ever before, there has never been a better time to challenge that confusing and costly concept of a single African story.’ – Nancy Kacungira who won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa-based journalists.

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