Category Archive for "African Diaspora Literary News"

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One Less African Writer is One Too Many

In some comforting way, this piece is a commemoration of Chenjerai Hove’s life, a very dear friend, who passed away in July 2015, aged 59.  Chenjerai was one of the finest writers that I knew, admired, learnt from and was…

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Dilman Dila on Digital Publishing in Uganda

This blog first appeared on the Commonwealth Writers site. Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. Reflecting on the recent 2015 Uganda International Writers’ Conference, Dilman Dila…

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Great Conversations at the Uganda International Writers Conference

Written by Juliane Okot Bitek When Professor Zakes Mda gave his keynote speech at the conference, he beautifully lined out and linked the theme of his speech: “Autobiography, Memoir and Memoires” to the conference theme of “Truth and Memoir”. Writing…

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Here to Stay: An African Literary Renaissance

This blog was first published on Commonwealth Writers site. By Louise Umutoni, a Rwandan writer and journalist who has worked as a journalist in Rwanda and Canada, and is the founder of Andika Ma, a literary community of Rwandan female…

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Time, Place and the Diaspora Writer

This blog was first published on Commonwealth Writers site. By Mildred Barya  Criticism of an African writer writing from a distance (those born or living in the Diaspora who write about Africa) inevitably focuses on the writers’ identity and the…

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Day 4, morning session: Literary prizes and Contests for African writers

Focus on The Etisalat Prize for Literature, Commonwealth Short Story Prize and The Africa39 Project The emergence of literary prizes and writing contests for African writers in the past decade has boosted the creative energies of writers and propelled the…

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Day 3, The Rise of Digital Literature and Publishing: Re-examining the Book Business in the 21st Century

4th March, 2015 Morning session Panelists: Dilman Dila of Lawino Literary Magazine, Uganda and Melissa Kyeyune of KHAMEL Publishing, Uganda.     Second morning to afternoon session: Life Writing: Recollecting the Self and Narrating Multiple Voices Panelists: Noo Saro-Wiwa on…

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Day 2, evening session:Keynote speech by Prof. Zakes Mda

Topic: Memoir as Remembered Narrative Zakes Mda’s autobiography: Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider, was the New York Times Notable Book for 2012. It was first published by Penguin books in 2011, and Farrar Straus and Giroux…

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Day 2, African Literary Renaissance: Return to Glory or Superficial Gloss?

3rd March, 2015. Morning session In the years following independence (1960’s for most African countries), many African writers including Chinua Achebe, Okot p’Bitek, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Nuruddin Farah, Ama Ata Aidoo, Flora Nwapa, wrote and published high quality literature which…

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Day 1, Afternoon Session: at Femrite Readers/Writers Club in Kamwokya

Guests and participants in the 2nd AWT International Conference in Uganda visit FEMRITE offices and hold conversations about the writing process. First, the books. All Femrite publications A few of the guests: More:   Catching up

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