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Writing Africa’s Futures - 5 July, British Library

June 14, 2013

Friday, 5 July, 14:00–17:00

FREE (booking recommended) at the British Library Conference Centre

As part of the ‘Africa Writes’ festival and in collaboration with the Caine Prize, the Royal African Society and the British Library, this event celebrates 50 years of African Studies Association UK by featuring a panel discussion with acclaimed authors Doreen Baingana and Zoe Wicomb, chaired by the ASAUK President Stephanie Newell. The discussion will be followed by interviews and readings with the five Caine short-listed writers for 2013: Elnathan John, Tope Folarin, Pede Hollist, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Chinelo Okparanta, chaired by Doreen Baingana.

Each year, the Caine Prize for African Literature maps new directions in contemporary writing. This session offers an in-depth discussion of the continent’s flourishing literary cultures and futures, where we will explore the new themes, techniques and genres being adopted by contemporary African writers and ask: where is African writing going in the 21st century? And, what can the literatures of Africa tell us about Africa itself?

For more information, contact Ranka Primorac at