It has been a lit first month of 2021! 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…
January’s top posts and pages – #PastAndPresent
Festivals, Salons & Conversations
Ikontinental’s African Book Festival 2021 live streamed for free from Leipzig and Munich on 28 and 29 January. Titled ‘Voices From the Beginning – Books Born From Songs’ the curator Kalaf Epalanga explored the entanglements of literature and music with some awesome guests, including Zukiswa Wanner, Rémy Ngamije and Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ. Catch up if you missed it via the YouTube channel.
Bakwa Books hosted a live conversation this month between TJ Benson and Howard M-B Maximus on ‘The Art of the Short Story’
The African Literature Association (ALA) had a fab few lectures in January: a roundtable on ‘Teaching African Literature Remotely in the Age of Pandemic’ and an inspiring lecture by Professor Francis Nyamnjoh.
Africa Writes Exeter Book Club ran the second event in their series with the amazing Maaza Mengiste.
Baobab Book Club hosted Niq Mhlongo in conversation about the fantastic collection Joburg Noir.
Readings – Books, Journals & Mags
The 31st edition of The Shallow Tales Review literary magazine was released at the end of the month. Check out the cover!
Jacana Media had a fun Book Hamper Give Away competition in January.
Exciting book news from Writivism this month:
Performance, Visuals, Sounds
Books & Rhymes’ virtual ‘Lit Avengers Salon’, a monthly literary meeting for book lovers launched in January! Find out more about “Lit Avengers Salon” via the mailchimp page here.
Also do not miss the new episodes of Books & Rhymes podcast:
The Radioactive Poetry Cafe is back, and this year the show is online. They have a number of great poets lined up, so make sure to tune in on the Facebook page.
Huge congratulations to Tsitsi Dangarembga who was awarded the 2021 PEN Award for Freedom of Expression earlier in January.
January saw a wonderful number of calls:
Last but certainly not least, Lunaris Review’s very exciting call for submissions on the theme Africanfuturism for the 2021 Toyin Falola Prize:
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 wishes for continuing health and safety, and creative power to you as we head into the second month of 2021…