6th Annual Writivism Festival Kicks off 17 Aug in Kampala

6th Annual Writivism Festival Kicks off 17 Aug in Kampala

Themed, ‘Legac(y)ies’   This year’s festival will include speakers such as luminaries Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, Goretti Kyomuhendo, authors Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater), Ijangolet Ogwang (An Image in a Mirror), Mugabi Byenkya (Dear Philemona), Dami Ajayi (A Woman’s Body is a Country), Shadreck Chikoti (Azotus the Kingdom). We’re particularly excited for the writing competition winners to be announced.  Wishing the shortlisted writers a lot of luck.   Don’t miss out on these…

Zukiswa Warner and Hardly Working at Kingsmead Book Fair!

Zukiswa Warner and Hardly Working at Kingsmead Book Fair!

After successful book events in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Harare, Nairobi and Berlin, Zukiswa Wanner is taking Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts to the Kingsmead Book Fair. The 2018 Kingsmead Book Fair takes place this Saturday, 12 May at Kingsmead College in Rosebank. The programme runs from 9:30 till 5pm and will feature authors from all over the world including Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Malebo Sephodi, Achmat Dangor, Nozizwe Cynthia…

Call For Submissions: 2018 Short Story Competition (CLOSED)

Call For Submissions: 2018 Short Story Competition (CLOSED)

We invite submissions for our annual short story competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! We are open for submissions from May 4, 2018 to June 130, 2018.    Religion in Africa provides a wide range of listening and viewing strategies which can be invoked in different situations to make new meaning of the unfamiliar or preternatural. As one of the most persistent forces that drive our daily…

New Book Alert: Odokonyero!

New Book Alert: Odokonyero!

“[T]he fruit of many labours,” said Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, founder of CACE1)Centre for African Cultural Excellence and co-editor of our newest anthology, Odokonyero: A Writivism Anthology of Short Fiction by Emerging Ugandan Writers. We are proud and honoured to be the publishing partner of the CACE’s Writivism Literary Initiative and we’re particularly excited about this anthology that seeks to celebrate the work that CACE has done in the last five years through Writivism.…

Hardly Working Goes to Cape Town

Hardly Working Goes to Cape Town

After successful launch events in Johannesburg, Durban, Nairobi and Harare, Zukiswa Wanner takes “Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts” to Cape Town for two launch events. The first event will be at the awesome The Book Lounge in the city: Friday, 4 May, 5:30pm. The Book Lounge is on the corner of Buitekant & Roeland. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 0214622425. The second launch will be at the historic…

book excerpt: Sundown by Acan Innocent Immaculate

book excerpt: Sundown by Acan Innocent Immaculate

It’s AD 2050, and humans are waking up to the reality that scientists have lied to them — the sun is dying and with it a civilisation they have painstakingly built over the course of a hundred and fifty thousand years. A skinny albino boy, fifteen years old, pulls a T-shirt over his head as he walks out of a cosy bungalow and grins up at the red sky. He’s…

book excerpt: “Lost Futures or A Guide to Losing Love” by YKO Tetteh

book excerpt: “Lost Futures or A Guide to Losing Love” by YKO Tetteh

Hearing my voice is uncomfortable to me. I don’t know how to feel so can’t regulate it — it’s strained slightly, and almost childish. He sighs, lifts his glasses and rubs his eyes with the fingers of one hand. It hurts me, but I need something to happen. I panic though, in the silence, not knowing how to tell him I’m lingering because I’m waiting for the moment that makes it worth it.  Or…

New Poetry Potion Cover Revealed! Poetry Potion 13 Transformation

New Poetry Potion Cover Revealed! Poetry Potion 13 Transformation

We’re super excited about the first Poetry Potion print quarterly of the year! Poetry Potion 13 is themed Transformation. Look at it… 😍😍😍 “Transformation is a slow-cooking process. Personal transformation even more so. It’s not like, one morning I woke up and suddenly knew the price of nappies and wet wipes, or how to fish phones out of the toilet or how to dig earphones out of my son’s mouth, and…

Submit For the Annual Writivism Short Story Prize & Creative Non-Fiction Prize Now

Submit For the Annual Writivism Short Story Prize & Creative Non-Fiction Prize Now

The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), runs two annual prizes for short stories – Writivism Short Story Prize – and creative fiction – Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction is sponsored by the Koffi Addo family. This year’s Writivism Short Story Prize is sponsored by The Story Club, Malawi. Both prizes are currently open for submissions and will be closing on 31 March…

The Shortlist Interviews: Tina Chiwashira – Tanganyika ABCs

The Shortlist Interviews: Tina Chiwashira – Tanganyika ABCs

A husband shows up in hospital to “claim back” his estranged wife; the woman’s lover puts up a fight. In Tanganyika ABCs, Tina Chiwashira recycles the Cinderella plot – the persecuted heroine rejects her suitors by way of deprioritizing Prince Charming’s wants and in this way Cinderella learns to put herself first.   Black Letter Media: You are fluent in three languages. I am curious to find out what questions around language plagued…