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House of Stone By Novuyo Rousa Tshuma Selected In Oprah’s Mag Top 10 Winter Read

House of Stone By Novuyo Rousa Tshuma Selected In Oprah’s Mag Top 10 Winter Read

Zimbabwean writer Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, the author of House of Stone, a novel published by Atlantic Grove in 2018 recently had her book listed by Oprah magazine as one of the “10 newly-released books that will give you an excuse to stay indoors this winter.” Novuyo took to Twitter to express her joy, “Oprah Magazine […]

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins The 2017 Nobel Prize In Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins The 2017 Nobel Prize In Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of “Remains of the Day”, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday. Japan-born Ishiguro won the Man Booker Prize for the 1989 novel that was made into an Oscar-nominated movie. The Swedish Academy hailed his ability to reveal “the abyss beneath our illusory sense […]

Here Is The Most Translated African Fable

Here Is The Most Translated African Fable

A fable on how humans learnt to walk upright is the most translated short story in African history, according to the group that published it. The piece was written by award-winning veteran Kenyan author, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and published by the Pan-African collective Jalada Africa. Titled “The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright,” it […]

Does Reading Make You A Better Person? Study Suggests It Depends On What You Read

Does Reading Make You A Better Person? Study Suggests It Depends On What You Read

In 2012, when bookstores and book clubs were alight with talk of Gone Girl, a vital modifier was attached to descriptions of Flynn’s fast-paced story: it’s not just a thriller, it’s a literary thriller. “Literary,” in the case of a book about a marriage gone violently rancid, suggests that Flynn wasn’t only concerned with what […]

‘There’s No Money In It’: Prize-Winning African Author Says Writers Must Diversify To Survive

‘There’s No Money In It’: Prize-Winning African Author Says Writers Must Diversify To Survive

South African writer Lidudumalingani laughs when I ask if he’s going to share his £10,000 prize money with his fellow shortlisted Caine Prize authors, like last year’s winner did. “I wish I could do that. But journalists and writers in Africa work hard to cover stories with very little resources. There is no money in […]

UNESCO Director-General’s Message for World Poetry Day 2016

UNESCO Director-General’s Message for World Poetry Day 2016

Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago, wrote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream that: “The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to Earth, from Earth to heaven. And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a local habitation […]

World Poetry Day 2016: Everything you need to know about the literary celebration

World Poetry Day 2016: Everything you need to know about the literary celebration

World Poetry Day is a celebration of poetry, literature and free speech, observed by UNESCO every year. The day is aimed at encouraging creativity, inspiring the teaching of poetry and restoring a dialogue between poetry and other arts, such as theatre, dance and music. PEN International also uses the day to highlight the imprisonment, murder […]

‘The Girl Without a Sound’

‘The Girl Without a Sound’

“Once upon a very long time ago, there was a little girl with a fluff of hair, a mouth the shape of a cherry blossom and brown pools for eyes…” Wait. That’s not how stories go. At least not the ones most girls were told growing up. Those short, shaping, sticking stories that reflected a […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads her short story Olikoye

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads her short story Olikoye

  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of Africa’s most celebrated writers – with Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and Americana among the books to her name. She is also one of more than 30 artists to contribute to a special artistic project on vaccination in Africa and around the world. “The art of […]