As we move through the changed circumstances, timelines and spaces of now, we catch up on our monthly round-up of ‘other words’ we haven’t had out already on the site – news on AiW’s radar, collated from across our social media platforms…
Virtual Festivals & Salons
It was a lively, lit month for Lagos! The 6th edition of Lagos Poetry Festival #LIPFest2020 wrapped up at the beginning of the month, followed closely by a week of events at the 2020 edition of the Lagos Book & Art Festival (09-15 Nov).
From Nigeria to South Africa: the Northern Cape also provided much fest delight in November, with the Karoo Writers Workshop (20-22 Nov) and Madibaland World Literary Festival (20-30 Nov) hosting a lively range of virtual conversations.
Hay Winter Weekend (26-29 Nov) included the wonderful Irenosen Okojie:
Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club launched the first of four events through Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature Programme. This month, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi joined Billy Kahora to talk about her recently published novel The First Woman. Watch out for updates on #AfricaWritesExeter – coming soon!
Excited for this!
Jacana Media and the University of Sol Plaatje had a treat for us this month:
FEMRITE was choosing a cover for the publication No Time to Mourn this month. A difficult decision considering both options are amazing!
Journals and Mags
We love the turn of the month because it means new issues of African literary magazines:
Performance, Visuals, Sounds
November is that wonderful time of the year when we all get to fill up on African films! Showcasing the rich diversity of African filmmaking and storytelling, the Royal African Society presented its 9th edition of Film Africa this year (30 Oct – 08 Nov)
And Scotland’s annual African film festival Africa in Motion took place virtually between 30 October and 29 November.
In theatre news: Tebere Arts Foundation hosted the Kampala International Theatre festival online this year, celebrating works and artists on their YouTube Channel
November was abundant with fantastic conversations in the virtual space, including:
The 2020 Morland Writing Scholars were announced this month. Congrats to Howard Meh-Buh, Kobina Ankomah-Graham, Okwiri Oduor, and Sarah Uheida!
The African Writers Trust’s Manuscript Assessment Programme is open for submissions until 05 January:
And an exciting call for papers for an edited collection entitled Independent Publishing in Africa went out this month, from Beth le Roux and our own Tom Penfold (current Reviews Editor for AiW). The deadline is 31 January 2021:
Thank you all for reading, and for being here with us! As ever, if there’s anything you’d like to see featured on the site, don’t hesitate to get in touch. With all wishes for continuing health and safety, and creative power to you as we head through the last month of 2020…