African Literature
Monday Interview: Samson Kambalu (Malawi)

Monday Interview: Samson Kambalu (Malawi)

Samson Kambalu was born in Malawi in 1975. He attended the Kamuzu Academy, the so-called “Eton of Africa”, graduated from the University of Malawi‘s Chancellor College in Zomba in 1999, and completed his MA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University in 2003. The best known of his artworks is Holy Ball, a football plastered in pages of the Bible. Kambalu...
„Take Risks“. Interview with Gary Cummiskey, Dye Hard Press, South Africa

„Take Risks“. Interview with Gary Cummiskey, Dye Hard Press, South Africa

The latest issue of African Poetry, published by the Centre for African Poetry (CAP) focuses on Gary Cummiskey’s Dye Hard Press, as part of a planned regular feature highlighting the work of book traders, agencies, educational institutions, publishers and bloggers with a notable commitment to African poetry. Since 1994 Dye Hard Press in South Africa...
Ake Festival, Nigeria - where kids want to fly in colour

Ake Festival, Nigeria – where kids want to fly in colour

December saw the first Ake Arts & Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. British writer Christie Watson was one of many authors taking part. This is her report, first published on BookBrunch. We arrived at Lagos International Airport, a group of poets, novelists, artists, a graphic novelist, activists, some of whom were frequent visitors to Nigeria,...
Poetry Please: Wole Soyinka, "Lost Poems"

Poetry Please: Wole Soyinka, “Lost Poems”

Lost Poems by Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka (*1934) is one of the founding fathers of modern African literature. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. More about Wole Soyinka. Wole Soyinka’s poetry. Lost Poems by Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka (*1934) is one of the founding fathers of modern African literature. He received the...
Out of Africa: An Imperial Reading List of a Continent

Out of Africa: An Imperial Reading List of a Continent

Wendy L. Belcher, in a mail dated 6 September 2012 in H-NET List for African Literature and Cinema, queried for assistance in the selection of “recent African novels” to complement a list that she and her colleague Janice Spleth (and others) were compiling. The idea is/was to form a virtual reading group, which is just...
Von Büchern und Goldgräbern - Ein Pilotprojekt in Tansania

Von Büchern und Goldgräbern – Ein Pilotprojekt in Tansania

Vor kurzem habe ich hier über die Probleme des afrikanischen Buchmarkts berichtet. In der Folge hat es viele Reaktionen gegeben, unter anderem haben wir eine Facebook-Gruppe zu “Publishing in Africa” ins Leben gerufen, in der sehr lebhafte Debatten stattfinden. Seit vielen Jahren bemüht sich der Schweizer Kinderbuchfonds Boabab um die Förderung und Vermittlung von Kinder-...
Bücher in Afrika: Zwischen Bestechung und Geschenken wächst nicht viel

Bücher in Afrika: Zwischen Bestechung und Geschenken wächst nicht viel

Am Montag  vergangener Woche ist der weltweit agierende Schulbuchriese Macmillan, eine Tochter des deutschen Holtzbrinck-Konzerns, in London wegen Korruption zu einer Strafe von 11,3 Millionen Pfund verurteilt worden. Außerdem ist das Unternehmen für sechs Jahre von der Teilnahme an Ausschreibungen der Weltbank ausgesperrt.  Das ist die eine Nachricht. Die andere Nachricht kam nur ein paar...
Cape Town Book Fair: Is This It?

Cape Town Book Fair: Is This It?

“Have you heard that they have cancelled the Cape Town Book Fair 2011?” – was a question not many people were asking in the week ending January 23. And when the story finally broke, through the good works of our formidable colleagues at BOOK Southern Africa, the internet newspaper for books in South Africa, the...