Africa Writes 2015

Friday 3rd – Snuday 5th July 2015

The British Library

Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival. Every year they showcase established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities.

As well as the two ticketed highlight events, ‘Meditations on Greatness: Ben Okri in Conversation’ and ‘African Books to Inspire, there is wide selection of free features for you to enjoy over the first weekend of July.

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, a selection of 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. The author of ten novels, including the Booker prize-winning The Famished Road, he 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

Visit the Africa Writes website to view the full programme

About the RAS
The Royal African Society is a membership organisation that fosters a better understanding of Africa in the UK and throughout the world. Our goal is to promote Africa globally in the spheres of business, politics, academia, arts and culture.

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