Africa Writes 2021

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Africa Writes returns

With contemporary literature and thought from Africa and the diaspora, Africa Writes returns to the British Library for a summer festival.

You can expect a vibrant programme of book launches, panel conversations, readings, performances and workshops building together to showcase the best in new writing from the continent and the diaspora. 

Saturday 23 October

Included in your day pass:

Sex Lives of African Women, 14.30 – 16.00

Join Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, author, activist and award-winning blogger, in conversation about their new book The Sex Lives of African Women.

Inherited: All Our Names, 17.30 – 19.00

Join us for an evening of exploration, movement and thought into how we embody the names we desire, defy the names that limit us and reclaim the names once lost to us.

Sunday 24 October

Included in your day pass:

Of This Our Country, 12.00 – 13.00

Powerful, lyrical and entirely unforgettable, Of This Our Country weaves together a living portrait of Nigeria, one that is as beautiful as it is complex. Join Chikodili Emelumadu, Inua Ellams and Abi Daré as they share their personal experiences of home, identity and the culture they know.

Wild Imperfections, 14.30 – 16.00

Wild Imperfections is the exclusive pre-launch event celebrating the work of Black women and womxn poets from Botswana to Brazil in this brand new multi-generational anthology.

Dismantling the Patriarchy: Mona Eltahawy in conversation, 17.00 – 18.30

Award-winning American-Egyptian journalist, activist and author Mona Eltahawy concludes Africa Writes festival with this special headline event to discuss her latest book The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls with Dr Leyla Hussein. We’re continuing to follow government guidance to keep everyone safe. Find out how we’re welcoming you to the Library safely.

In association with the Royal African Society

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Series events

Africa Writes visitor
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival – Day One

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Woman holding bowl in burnt forest
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival - Inherited: All Our Names

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Women smiling
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival – Day Two

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Mona Eltahawy
At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival - Dismantling the Patriarchy: Mona Eltahawy in conversation

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