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African Writing Archives


Things Fall Apart Conferences
Dambudzo Marechera: A Celebration
World Englishes Conference
African Writing Launch.
The Cape Town Book Fair
Angaza Afrika Exhibition

Chinua Achebe Expected at  Things Fall Apart Conference
Birkbeck Conference on Things Fall Apart

Drs. Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Wangui Wagoro and Mpalive Msiska at a Panel on during the Birkbeck Conference on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart in London on 17th March, 2008

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Several seminars and conferences are holding around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart in 1958. Chinua Achebe himself is expected to attend the London event listed below. A brief timetable of UK conferences for your diaries:

Things Fall Apart & the Next Half-Century of African Literature
Date: 5th September, 2008:
Venue: University of Nottingham
Booking: Events
Call for Papers closes: 30th May, 2008

Things Fall Apart at 50
Date: 10-11th October, 2008
Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London
Enquiries: Prof. Lyn Innes
Call for papers: Closed.

Please notify us of your events.

Dambudzo Marechera: A Celebration


A Celebration of Dambudzo Marechera will be held in Oxford on May 14-17, 2009.

It is scheduled to be a multi-media festival to celebrate the avant-garde work of Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987), one of 20th century's keynote African writers and former Oxford student. Its additional aims are to promote African literatures in English, foster interest in the issues of postcoloniality, and encourage an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of literature.

Projects are now being accepted from actors, musicians, film-makers, fine artists, cartoon animationists, and others who would like to pay a tribute to Marechera through their art. Please direct all enquiries and proposals to Dobrota Pucherova




 World Englishes Conferences
      Beyond the Linguistic and Postcolonial Analysis of World Englishes Literature

(A two-day Symposium to be held at the University of Nottingham, UK
6-7 September 2008)

The study of World Englishes within a literary context has been predominantly conducted with reference to either a linguistics or a postcolonial theoretical framework. The aim of this symposium is to progress beyond these traditional foci. This symposium will offer papers on World Englishes literature which complement these approaches with readings more firmly grounded in literary studies. Selected conference proceedings may be included in a volume to be published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press in 2009.

Symposium fee: £35 (includes symposium materials, refreshments and lunch on both days), abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by post or email by 30th May 2008.

For further information, including submission of abstracts and symposium registration, please visit

African Writing Launch
African Writing Issue 4

Readings by African writers to introduce Print magazines to audiences are planned throughout 2008.

  •   6-8pm, 16th June, 2008, Central Library, Nottingham
  • 3-5pm, 24th June, 2008, London.

Further dates to be announced. Email events, to book.

 The Cape Town Book Fair;  14 to 17th June 2008.  
South African Trade Fair



Cape Town, South Africa

This year’s Cape Fair will be hard put to top the 2007 attendance record of 50,000 visitors at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Events include author appearances and debates focusing on The Political Book, Children's Books, Green Literature, and Romance writing.

South African and overseas publishers have signed up to exhibit. A literary theatre area for discussions with book personalities will open this year. Already, more than 370 talks and debates are scheduled.

Expected writers include Alexander McCall Smith, author of the Number 1 Ladies Detective series, and Marina Lewycka, author of A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine.

Cape Town Book Fair

Angaza Afrika Exhibition 15 May – 30 June 2008

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12.30 – 5.30pm

The exhibition brings together major works by 12 artists representing innovative artistic practices across the African continent and Diaspora, and launches the book, Angaza Afrika – African Art Now - a visual survey of contemporary African art compiled by Christopher Spring and published by Laurence King.

Angaza Afrika is Swahili for ‘Look around Africa’. The exhibition includes Rachid Korachï’s Sufi-inspired black-and-white appliqué work ‘Mystics of the 18th Century,’ and the work of South African artist Karel Nel, who sets vast leaves from the Coco de Mer palms in atmospheric, elemental architectural spaces.

Other featured artists include the innovative print and collage maker Mohamed Omer Bushara, Romuald Hazoumé, whose immense installation Dream (2007), consisting of a boat made from petrol canisters, placed in front of a panoramic photograph won the documenta 12 prize; El Anatsui, who with his magnificent cloths made from thousands of glimmering bottle tops was one of the highlights of the 52nd Venice Biennale and who will transform Channel 4’s 50ft logo, situated in front of their London Headquarters, with an installation in June 2008; Owusu-Ankomah, and Abdoulaye Konaté who has been shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 2008 Prize.


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