The Royal African Society’s Annual Literature Festival is looking for volunteers!

Thursday, 2 May 2013
Author: 
Fadil Elobeid

The Royal African Society’s Annual Literature Festival is looking for volunteers!

WHEN: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July 2013,
WHERE: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London

THE RAS IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH A PASSION FOR AFRICAN LITERATURE TO HELP RUN AFRICA WRITES, WHICH RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND YEAR RUNNING.

Africa Writes is an annual festival organised by the RAS, which aims to promote contemporary African writing and writers as well as to explore Africa’s long literary past and its future. Every year Africa Writes will showcase established and emerging literary talent from Africa and the Diaspora during a weekend-long series of events, including book launches, readings, workshops, panel discussions and children’s activities; a book fair featuring publishers of African literature; and a pan-African outdoor food market with dishes from around the continent.

Africa Writes 2013 festival highlights include: Two Writers, Two Generations: Ngugi wa Thiong’o & Mukoma wa Ngugi, an in conversation event between father and son discussing their respective preoccupations and aspirations as writers of different generations; an audience with the 2013 Caine Prize shortlisted writers, in collaboration with the Black Reading Group and the London Afro-Caribbean Book Club; Diaspora Writes Back, an evening with four London-based African poets exploring notions of culture, identity and finding a voice; and Beyond Timbuktu: West Africa, Script and Manuscript, a talk by Dr Marion Wallace, Curator of the Africa Collections at the British Library, focusing on West Africa's written heritage. On Friday, which will be more of an academic day, we will host Africa in Translation, a symposium reflecting on translation and knowledge transfer in Africa, organised with acclaimed translator Wangui wa Goro; and Writing Africa’s Futures, an in-depth discussion of the continent’s flourishing literary futures, organised as part of the African Studies Association (UK) 50th anniversary programme.

As a volunteer, you will get the following benefits:

-          Stipend to cover food and travel expenses

-          Africa Writes 2013 t-shirt (which you’ll be wearing at the event)

-          Africa Writes 2013 canvas bag

-          Complimentary admission to the festival’s paid events

As a volunteer, you will be required to take on one - or more - of the following roles:

-          Pre-event publicity, marketing and promotion

-          Information - disseminating festival programmes and  information to

-          Writers’ liaison - chaperoning guest writers and speakers through the festival

-          Manning publishers’ stands at the book fair

-          Events’ registration and ushering

-          Distributing and collecting evaluation forms

-          Moving furniture and running other errands

-          Post-event evaluation data input

If you’re interested in this opportunity to be an Africa Writes volunteer, please contact Fadil Elobeid, Events Officer at the Royal African Society on ras_events@soas.ac.uk or 020 3073 8319.