Africa Writes 2015

Africa Writes, the Royal African Society’s annual literature and book festival, returns for its fourth year running this summer.

The festival commences on Friday 3rd and runs through to Sunday 5th July at the British Library.

Africa Writes showcases established and emerging literary talent from Africa and the Diaspora. This year’s festival will present a unique opportunity for the audience to engage with their favourite African writers and books, and to discover new ones.

This year’s festival highlights include ‘Meditations on Greatness: Ben Okri in Conversation’ and Hannah Pool will lead a conversation with other writers and personalities as they share and discuss their favourite titles of African literature in ‘African Books to Inspire’.

During our panel ‘Meet the Publishers’, aspiring African writers will have an opportunity to meet people in the industry and gather all the information needed for getting a piece or book published. We are also delighted to annouce that this year’s popular annual translation symposium focuses on Love, inspired by the widely praised multi-lingual Valentine’s Day Anthology by Ankara Press. There will also be a diverse programme of FREE book launches, readings, talks, panel discussions, performances, children and young people’s workshops and an international book fair.

The Festival Line-Up includes: 

African Books to Inspire

Friday 3 July, 18:30 – 20:30

BL Conference Centre, £10/ £8/ £7


An evening of books and inspiration, chaired by Hannah Pool.

At this special event, various writers and personalities will share their favourite titles of African literature – ranging from classics through to the latest published work.

Meditations on Greatness: Ben Okri in conversation

Saturday 4 July, 18:30 – 20:00

BL Conference Centre, £10/ £8/ £7


Ben Okri is one of the foremost respected African writers. Okra, author of ten novels, including the Booker prize-winning The Famished Road, has also written collections of poetry, essays and short stories. Born in Nigeria and currently living in London, Okri has had his work translated into 26 languages.

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