Africa Writes 2013


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Africa Writes, the Royal African Society’s annual literature and book festival, returned for a second year in 2013. The festival took place at The British Library, the home of literature in the UK, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July, on the weekend prior to The Caine Prize announcement.

Africa Writes 2013 featured an expanded programme of panel discussions, book launches, poetry readings, performances, youth and children’s workshops and a book market featuring 15 publishers and retailers selling the best in contemporary African fiction and non-fiction, including all of the guest authors’ books.

The festival attracted over 1,000 visitors and brought together 70 authors, publishers, academics and other experts, making Africa Writes arguably Europe’s largest gathering celebrating and discussing contemporary African literature.

Festival highlights included: Two Writers, Two Generations with Ngugi wa Thiong’o and son Mukoma wa Ngugi, who were also joined by the younger Thiongo Kimathi; Africa in Translation, a morning session co-organised with acclaimed translator Wangui wa Goro; Diaspora Writes Back, a reflective poetry evening; events with The Caine Prize shortlisters; and our specially commissioned performance of The Epic of Sundiata Keita and ancient Mali.