The Upcoming Africa Writes Festival & New Books to Look Out For

Africa Writes, the Royal African Society's annual literature festival runs this year from Friday 5th through Sunday 7th July, at the British Library in London, UK. The programme includes several panel discussions, poetry readings, book launches, workshops, parties and more. I'm already working out my plan of attack! Meanwhile, here are books from some of the participating authors, many of them new titles that will be launched during the event.



Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman

A collection of stories about what it meant to be young, gay and Somali. A reading experience fusing hip hop, graphic illustrations, Arabic calligraphy and folklore studded with Kiswahili and Somali slang.

Black Star Nairobi by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

The Sequel to Nairobi Heat. Original crime fiction addressing the very real issues of corruption and secrecy in modern politics.



Blonde Roots – Bernadine Evaristo


A similar tale, reversed. Doris ends up on a slave ship to the New World – a tropical island where she is a savage whose life is to please her mistress. Through the hardships of life on the fields, she dreams of returning to her motherland, England.


The Hairdresser of Harare – Tendai Huchu

A story about contemporary life in Harare, Zimbabwe, centred around the rivalry and then friendship between hairdressers Vimbai and Dumisani. And then, a secret uncovered that will result in brutality and tragedy…



Bonfires of the Gods – Andrew Eseimokumo Oki

Historical fiction telling the human stories behind the violent Ijaw-Itsekiri ethnic clash in Warri, Nigeria in 1997. Stories of love and hate, life and death, and the quest for survival in one’s own homeland.

The Orchard of Lost Souls – Nadifa Mohamed

Set in 1988 Hargesia, on the verge of revolution. The fate of 3 very different women – nine-year-old refugee camp inhabitant Deqo, solitary widow Kawsar and young soldier, Filsan – is twisted together as Somalia is unravelled by civil war. An account of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary times.


Check out the full Africa Writes programme here.




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