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Archive for October 2017

Farafina books releases excerpt from Yewande’s ‘The woman next door’, to whet your literary appetite

Yewande Omotoso is a South Africa based Nigerian writer. She is the author of Bomboy and The woman next door. The woman next door was first published in 2016 by Chatto and Windows. The book was shortlisted for the 2016 University of Jo’burg prize for South African writing. In a tweet, Farafina books said this and released an excerpt. Here’s an excerpt from #TheWomanNextDoor to whet your literary appetite… You […]

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Akwaeke recounts that big moment; winning the commonwealth prize

This year’s commonwealth writers prize winner, African region, Akwaeke Emezi, talks about that moment, on realizing she had won. In a tweet from her personal twitter handle, @azemezi, the Tamil and Igbo writer talks about how she felt, how she reacted to the revelation. The multi-talented writer is poised to release her debut novel, freshwater, come February 13, 2018. Read her tweets here;

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Chimamanda writes about Donald Trump’s wife in a new micronovel

It appears Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie now finds it exciting, or rather, satisfying, writing about Trump and his household. Last year it was ‘The Arrangements’, a story that shed lights on Donald Trump. This time it’s ‘Janelle Asked to the Bedroom’, a micronovel, written about Melania Trump. The New York Times Book Review published it. Here is the story; excerpts. Janelle was surprised when the butler asked her to come up […]

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Ghosts on the loose/ Series/ chapter 1

Chapter 1 It was soon after the war, when we returned to that smell of blood trapped in the air, we realized, that everybody dies in war, no survivors. Our blood didn’t spill on the ground, the bullet didn’t steal our flesh away, but we died too. We became new persons, strange persons, living in our former bodies. People with extra pair of eyes. We saw ghost showing us their […]

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You are exactly six days and 2000-5000 words away from missing out. Don’t!

In September we published a post about the commonwealth writers 2018 short story prize. It is the biggest opportunity for unpublished writers The overall winner receives £5,000 and the regional winner £2,500. That is huge right? The competition is free to enter The award is targeted at the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original […]

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Have you met Brittle paper Awardees, yet?

To mark her seventh anniversary, Brittle paper decided to recognize some of Africa’s literary finest, in five categories. The best in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, Essays/Think Pieces, were awarded $200 each. A $300 prize was given to the Anniversary Award winner. The awards were, however, based on works published by brittle paper. Meet the winners of the different categories; Read about the winners and more HERE   Photo credit: brittle paper

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