We are an exciting 60 days away till the return of Africa Writes, our annual literary and book festival! Africa Writes 2013 will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2013. This

year, we have partnered with The British Library to bring you an exciting and wide-ranging programme that will offer something for everyone.

Please save the date and read below for more information and festival highlights. We’d love to see you there!

Africa Writes 2013 – Festival Line-Up

This year we are proud to host one of Africa’s greatest living writers, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, author of A Grain of Wheat, alongside up and coming and other established writers and poets from across the continent, including Doreen Baingana, Warsan Shire, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Diriye Osman, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu and author of Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi (TBC), amongst many others.

We’re also delighted to be hosting the award of Brunel University’s Inaugural African Poetry Prize, as well as the shortlisted writers for The Caine Prize and the winner of the

Kwani? Manuscript Project.

There’s a definite Kenyan feel to the festival this year in anticipation of the country’s 50th anniversary of independence. We’re partnering with the Kwani Trust and the major highlight of the festival will be Ngugi wa Thiong’o, one of Africa’s greatest post-independence writers, in conversation with his son, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, a rising star in the world of African literature. The conversation will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, Deputy Editor, Granta Magazine.

Kwani? 10th Anniversary Party, Rich Mix, Saturday

6th July, 9pm-1am
We’re partnering with Kwani? and Numbi Arts to host a great party at London’s Rich Mix on Saturday 6th July to celebrate Kwani’s 10th anniversary, and the return of Africa Writes.

#AfricaWrites Tweetathon

We’re also excited to be running a competition, with some great prizes for the followers who tweet about #AfricaWrites the most, so make sure to follow @RoyAfrisoc on Twitter and ‘like’ the Africa Writes’ Facebook page for all the latest updates about the festival.


Sheila Ruiz
Programme Co-ordinator

Royal African Society