Thursday, October 22, 2009

*New* non-fiction: The Story of Magadi by Evans Kinyua

The greatest Oscar and Pulitzer deserving stories happen in Africa. But the Western camera and pen recognises only the tear jerker variety; the disease ravaged, hunger stricken, below a dollar a day genre of stories, of which, granted, there is no dearth. But there are countless other stories that tickle the imagination, stories of a forgotten era that form a fundamental part of the mosaic that informs a continent's wretchedness.

The Story of Magadi by Evans Kinyua

Evans Kinyua studied commerce at the University of Nairobi and also holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). He is the author of Flight From Fate.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

*New* short fiction: Road to Guantanamo by Evans Kinyua

One chilly Tuesday afternoon in July of 2005, Tom Githinji’s longsuffering secretary, Aseca Jamati, poked her head into his office on the tenth floor of an office building in downtown Nairobi and announced in a curious tone that there were two gentlemen at the reception asking to see him. “They say that they are policemen,” she added, her brow creasing inquisitively. Tom had worked with Aseca for six years and during that time, as the group human resource manager, he had had cause to deal with the police on various occasions in the course of duty. Nothing untoward had taken place that he could recall prior to this unsolicited visit from the good gentlemen, and Aseca had reason to sound curious.

Road to Guantanamo
by Evans Kinyua

Evans Kinyua studied commerce at the University of Nairobi and also holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). He is the author of Flight From Fate.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

*New* poetry: The Long Walk to Freedom by Thamsanqa Ncube

Thamsanqa Ncube is from Zimbabwe, a country he loves and adores with all his heart. He has traveled around the world, including Europe, the Americas and Africa and walked and lived with people of different races, tribes, affiliations and afflictions, building an understanding of the concept of the Global Village and his place in it. His poetry has been published on, and in Timbila and the Consumnes River Journal in the USA. You can also view some of his work on his blog at

The Long Walk to Freedom
by Thamsanqa Ncube

Monday, May 04, 2009

*New* short fiction: 3 stories by Evans Kinyua

Evans Kinyua studied commerce at the University of Nairobi and also holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. (UK). He is the author of the novel Flight From Fate.

Three Stories by Evans Kinyua

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kenya short story call

Dr Emma Dawson
Series Editor
World Englishes Literature
CCC Press.


email: worldlits@googlemai

Submission Guidelines For Short Stories.

* Word count: 3000 - 8000 words.

* There is no theme, only ‘Kenya’.

* This is adult fiction (in the sense that it is not ‘children's fiction’).

* The work must be written in English from the outset, no translation work and it must be written from Kenya (this is not a collection of diaspora writing).

* The story must be 'new' in the sense that it is ‘unpublished in book form’ - this makes life much easier in terms of ‘rights’. (We can accept submissions which have been previously published in magazines.)

Monday, March 09, 2009

Resurging eBook interest

Bowing to the growth in demand for e-books, Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest chain of bookstores, has acquired Fictionwise, an online retailer of electronic books:

And Amazon's Kindle is reaching wider, all the way to the iPhone:

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Winter School for African Artists’ Networks

The Arterial Network’s first Winter School to help build sustainable national and regional artists’ networks and advocacy groups in Africa will take place in Cape Town from 1-10 June 2009.

Funded by the European Union, the Winter School aims to have two representatives from ten African countries per year in an intensive training programme that will be an exciting combination of a seminar programme on contemporary issues such creative industries, culture and development and cultural diversity; practical workshops in fundraising, lobbying and the use of technology in the arts, and group work sessions devising cultural policy, programmes of action and membership benefits.
Representatives from artists’ networks and unions in Europe will be invited to the latter part of the winter school to establish partnerships with African artists’ networks that would encourage exchange and collaboration over a period of at least five years.

Participation in the Winter School will be fully funded for African delegates.
Applications to attend close on 10 March.

Applicants are to provide the following:
a. a letter of application detailing the name, contact details and website of the network/advocacy group/artists’ union and motivation to be part of the winter school
b. an outline of the history, activities and national membership of the organisation
c. the names and positions (within the organisation) of two individuals who would represent the organisation at the winter school
d. the names and contact details of two civil society referees based in their countries

Applicants may operate in a particular discipline e.g. theatre, visual art, music or be multi-disciplinary in nature. It is the aim of the Arterial Network to build strong women leadership in the African creative sector, and applicants are encouraged to nominate at least one woman participant.
Applications are to be sent to Margerie Vacle at Participants in the first winter school will be selected by the Task Team based on the strategic priorities of the Arterial Network and available funding.

Please if you know people who would be interested in this information, don't hesitate to forward this email to them or to send us their email address so that we can send them the info. Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize launched

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

Renowned worldwide for featuring some of the best and brightest new talent, Wasafiri is launching a New Writing Prize as part of its 25th birthday celebrations. In the words of acclaimed author Jackie Kay, ‘Wasafiri holds it all together, the past and the future. It is vigorous, searching and stimulating’. Since Wasafiri was first published in 1984, it has consistently aimed to shift the contours of established literary canons and remapped the borders of international contemporary writing, creating new imaginative spaces and publishing some of the most promising new literary voices.

The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. We are looking for creative submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing. Simply incorporate the theme of ‘25’ somewhere in your piece, fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry fee of UK Sterling £5.00.

The closing date is 30 June 2009. Entrants who are visually impaired or who are prevented from typing through disability can enter stories on audio CD. How to enter For more information about Wasafiri visit our website at Judges Susheila Nasta (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University Margaret Busby Writer, editor, critic and broadcaster, former publisher and founder of Allison and Busby Mimi Khalvati Award-winning poet, Wasafiri Board member and founder of the Poetry School Blake Morrison Writer, poet and Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

South Africa to revive literary classics in indigenous languages

The Department of Arts and Culture has tasked the National Library of South Africa to reprint literary classics in indigenous languages to help preserve the country's heritage.

Launching the Reprint of South African Literary Classics Project on Tuesday, Minister of Arts and Culture, Pallo Jordan said publishing literature in indigenous languages was self-evidently an area with the greatest potential.

Significantly, he said, the project was part of the government-wide campaign to promote the culture of reading and writing in indigenous languages, thereby reducing illiteracy.

"It is our fervent hope that its [the project] impact will be to inspire emergent writers and even those who might have given up owing to the discouraging environment of the past, to come forward with their works," Minister Jordan said.

At the launch, the minister announced that 27 titles had already been reprinted including the works of authors such as poet laureate Samuel Mqhayi, writer Sibusiso Nyembezi, M.L Bopape, S.P. Lekaba, T.N. Maumela and others.

These titles, he said, will be available in public libraries and booksellers nationally.

The minister explained that by reprinting these classic works, the country will rediscover the capacity of exploring and expressing the broadest human experiences, the profoundest human emotions and wisdom in the indigenous African languages.

He hoped that in the future schools would use these classics as part of their syllabus.

"We envisage that our school system will very soon become aware of these republished classics and that many, otherwise lost to memory, will once again be prescribed as part of the school syllabus.

"The library system, otherwise starved for literature in the indigenous languages, will now have this resource to draw on," the minister said.

He said as a nation South Africa is in earnest about an African Renaissance, adding that it must entail the rediscovery of African genius, African achievements and the dissemination of the best works of the African imagination.

"The literature that has been produced by the story-tellers and writers in indigenous languages are essentially and no different from that in any other in these respects, but what is specific to it is the environment in which the tales unfold."

The minister indicated that the classic literary works reveal and wrestle with the very same human frailties, foibles, idiosyncrasies and human robustness found in other literatures.

"If no one else wishes to preserve these works, we as South Africans have a responsibility to our nation and humanity to ensure that they survive into the future," he said. - BuaNews

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Africa Region

Kwela Books is proud to announce that two of our titles have been short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Africa Region. Beauty’s Gift (novel) by Sindiwe Magona has been short-listed in the category Best Book. Porcupine by Jane Bennett (short stories) has been short-listed in the category Best First Book.

Friday, February 13, 2009

*New* non-fiction. Chip Off The Old Block: The Human Personality Shape Hypothesis by Evans Kinyua

Many studies have been done to classify human beings and human behavior using physical attributes and temperament. Such studies have shed light on what differentiates the physiological appearance as well as the behavior of different people. Often these studies have grouped people in certain specific categories, where one is either or, or a mixture of the various attributes. Evans Kinyua offers an additional study and classifies human beings according to characteristics or innate being.

Evans Kinyua studied commerce at the University of Nairobi and also holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). He is the author of Flight From Fate.

Chip Off The Old Block by Evans Kinya

Thursday, February 05, 2009

SA PEN announces finalists for 2009 PEN/Studzinski Literary Award

The South African Centre of International PEN (SA PEN) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2009 PEN/Studzinski Literary Award.

The award for original short stories in English by African authors attracted an unprecedented 827 entries, 625 of which met with the rules of entry. Just under 200 stories were longlisted, and 34 stories were chosen as finalists by the PEN Editorial Board comprising Shaun Johnson (Chair), Anthony Fleischer, Justin Fox, Harry Garuba, Alistair King and Mary Watson. Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee is currently judging the shortlisted stories and will choose the winners of the first (£5 000), second (£3 000) and third (£2 000) prizes. The winners will be announced in May 2009. (Details regarding the announcement will be posted on in due course.) The finalists’ stories will be included in an anthology of new writing from Africa to be published later this year.

The writers and their stories to have been selected as finalists for the Pen/Studzinski Literary Award 2009 are:

Ken Barris – The life of Worm

Nadia Davids – The visit

Ceridwen Dovey – Survival mechanisms

Joan du Toit – An informed decision

Graham Ellis – No match for Fanie Smith

Rosemund J Handler – Strident night

Jeanne Hromnik – Love In troubled times

Karen Jayes – Where he will leave his shoes

Suzanne Jordaan – Beulah

Bobby Jordan – Metalhead and Situation Orange

Chisanga Kabinga – Display cabinet

Ken N Kamoche – A kiss in Nanjing

Yvette Kruger – What I wore

Lauri Kubuitsile – Pulani’s eyes

Beatrice Lamwaka – The star in my camp

Jennifer Lean – To each his own

Irene McCartney – Pauline’s ghost

Jenna Mervis – The lives of dogs

Kirsten Miller – Only in art

NoViolet Mkha Bulawayo – Snapshots

Wame Molefhe – Rainbow-coloured dreams

Natasha Moodley – Spirit of Madala

Isabella Morris – Bluette

Kyne Nislev Bernstorff – The last supper

Naomi Nkealah – In the name of peace

Maik Nwosu – In Leopardville

Tolu Ogunlesi – River Falling

Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi – Area boy rescue

Andrew Salomon – A visit to Dr Mamba

Alex Smith – Soulmates

Dineke Volschenk – Glorious wounds

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers – Keeping everything the same

Hayet Z – Flypapered days

The PEN/STUDZINSKI Literary Award has replaced the HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award and aims to encourage new creative writing in Africa. It is open to all citizens of African countries writing in English, and offers talented writers on the continent an exciting opportunity to develop or launch a literary career.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SA Writer's College short story competition

SA Writer's College is holding their annual short story competition. Its free to enter for all previously UNPUBLISHED authors. Entries by email only and the deadline is Wednesday April 29 2009. for rules or email

Talent Campus Durban at the 30th Durban International Film Festival

The 30th Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 2 August 2009) is proud to announce the 2nd edition of Talent Campus Durban from 24 - 28 July 2009, an intensive 5-day programme of workshops and seminars delivered by
film professionals to enhance both theoretical and practical approaches to filmmaking. The 2nd Talent Campus Durban theme Roots and Shoots: Creating a New African Cinema will focus activities towards the development of new
partnerships between African filmmakers.

Talent Campus Durban invites filmmakers from Africa to apply to participate in these workshops and seminars, which take place in Durban, South Africa, over five days. In addition to specific activities offered by the Campus, the selected talents will have the opportunity to attend films and events at the 30th Durban International Film Festival.

Deadline for application: 16 March 2009

Full Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from:

For further details: Phone: 031 260 2506/1367 Fax: 031 260 3074
E-mail: or

Talent Campus Durban is produced as a cooperation between the Durban International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, and Berlin International Film Festival and is supported by the German Embassy in South Africa, the Goethe Institute South Africa and the Department of Economic Development - KwaZulu-Natal.

The Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with principle funding and support from the National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS, SABC, Stichting Doen, Department of Economic
Development - KwaZulu-Natal, City of Durban, and the Ethekwini Municipality.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Best African poetry 2009

It's about time that there was something akin to The Best American Poetry Series for the Continent. I can't make any claim to this being the proper vehicle for such an endeavor, but I think it's high time someone tried. So we're going to give it a go.

With your help!

So here are the "rules":

* Please submit no more than five (5) different poems. They can all be by a single author, all by different authors, or some mix thereof.
* Nominated works must have (originally) appeared in print in works with a publication date between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2008 -- as part of a chapbook, single author book, edited collection, newspaper, magazine, or journal. Please do not submit poetry that has only been published online.
* Wherever possible, please submit a pdf of the nominated poems as they appear in print.
* Complete bibliographic information on where the work has appeared should be included with the nomination/s. If the work has been published on the internet as well please include the url.
* Nominations must be received by 1 February 2009.

Email me all nominations and any questions you might have. - mark l lilleleht,

I would like to publish the collected works (and not all nominated works will be included, obviously -- this is intended to be an edited collection) as a chapbook or booklet, to be made available at the African Literature Association conference (15-19 April 2009).

No poems will be reprinted without the permission of the poet (and original publisher where appropriate). Original publication will also be credited. All rights and royalties (though I can't imagine there will be any of the latter) will be negotiated. I hope to be able to give this away for free (poets with works appearing will, of course, receive at least one copy of the final publication).

Publishers are, of course, welcome to nominate works from their catalogs and/or publications.

Friday, January 23, 2009

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