Africa Writes Festival returns to British Library for landmark 10th year

The 10th annual edition of the Africa Writes Festival will take place at the British Library from September 29 to October 1st, 2023. 

Presented by Royal African Society, it is the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary African and diaspora literature. 

This event promises an engaging lineup of talks, readings and performances, all centered around this year’s theme of “Intangible Heritage.” The theme delves into the unspoken aspects of culture that shape our identities and how these intangible elements are reflected in our stories.

Attendees have the option to participate either in person or online, with tickets available for the entire weekend, individual days, or standalone evening events. The festival boasts an impressive lineup of events, including discussions and conversations with renowned authors.

Notable festival curators have come together to bring this event to life, featuring voices like Nancy Adimora, founder of literary Magazine AFREADA; Sulaiman Addonia, Eritrean-Ethiopian-British novelist and founder of the Asmara-Addis Literary Festival In Exile; Ainehi Edoro, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Brittle Paper and Assistant Professor of Global Black Literatures; Angolan-born Kalaf Epalanga, celebrated author and member of the Lisbon-based dance collective Buraka Som Sistema; Maaza Mengiste, acclaimed novelist, essayist, and photographer; and Yomi Ṣode, award-winning Nigerian-British playwright and poet.

Whether you’re an enthusiastic follower of literature or curious about exploring new writings from Africa and its diaspora, Africa Writes 2023 promises an enriching and exciting experience. 

The festival is set to feature a range of events that encompass storytelling, theatre, music, and engaging conversations.

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