[Blackstudies-l] In celebrating Pride, Africa Writes spotlights "Stepping Into Our Own" from the 2019 Conference.

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Mon Jun 29 10:04:17 EDT 2020

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Africa Writes 2020 Newsletter
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Dear friends,

*We hope you've all been taking good care, welcome to June's newsletter.*

In this newsletter we want to bring you some goodies which we hope will add
value to your day:

   - We are HIRING an Education Programme Manager, be quick applications
   close tomorrow!
   - Fresh content on the blog: podcasts celebrating Pride and Black Lives
   Matter and how you can save 10% on one of Jacaranda Books' latest releases
   - We've teamed up with AFREADA to select a short story for you to enjoy
   every month
   - Highlights from our friends including exciting announcements
   - What we've been loving on the web: Black Writers Guild, Take Flight
   Hub programme and Amplifying Black Writers

Keep a look out because in the next few weeks we will be dropping our
virtual events programme, until then enjoy and stay tuned in to our socials.

Happy reading!

*The Africa Writes Team *

*Fresh on the Blog*
*Vacancy: Education Programme Manager*

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative *Programme Manager *who is
committed to enhancing cultural representation in the curriculum and
improving educational outcomes for children.

The Programme Manager will have responsibility for the delivery of the *Poetry
in the Primary Classroom
which offers primary school teachers a rich professional development
programme to enhance their enjoyment of, and practice with, poetry from
Africa and the diaspora.

*Find out more and apply
*Podcast Highlight: Stepping Into Our Own*

In celebrating Pride we are spotlighting *Stepping Into Our Own* from
Africa Writes 2019.

What does it mean to be true to self? Centring queer writers’ experiences,
this discussion looks at how writers capture the grief and joy in choosing
oneself, what is lost and gained through the process, and works they’ve
read to inspire and encourage them to do so. With Koleka Putuma, Okechukwu
Nzelu, Olumide Popoola, Chelle O.T. & Siana Bangura. Listen here.

*Podcasts on Race, Anti-Racism and African Literature*

We've dug into past Africa Writes festival podcasts archives, from 2016 -
2019, to offer conversations on or around the subjects of race and
anti-racism from literature by Africans and writers of African descent.

We hope this small offering will lighten, broaden and enhance your day as
the fight for equality continues.  Check out the list here

*Read excerpt of 'Bad Love' and get 10% off!*

Africa Writes have teamed up with Jacaranda Books to bring you a delightful
monthly read from the publisher’s *Twenty in 2020* releases.

In June we are spotlighting *B
Maame Blue. Use code *AWNEWS* to get 10% off.
Read more.
*Africa Writes x AFREADA: Short Reads*

*Who We Are Not Christopher Mwai*

I look at the menu, turning every page and fighting the urge to offer Jenny
helpful suggestions on what to eat. I stop myself as it would make me what
I seek to forget, and I am not that person anymore. At least so I tell

“All the food here is shwara shwara,” she clicks as she noisily drops the
menu on the table and takes large swigs from her Tusker bottle. I want to
joke about the acquired twang on her English and the coastal Swahili but I
can’t trust my voice to work, so I nod and keep looking at my menu,
although I cannot see the writings. I have to keep my eyes focused on
something or else I will simply stare at her. Her face looks so familiar
yet so unfamiliar, it’s like I am seeing her but not really seeing her. I
wish there was somewhere I could hide and just look, take her in. *Continue
the story here.*
*More from the Royal African Society*
Calling all African filmmakers!

Submissions for *Film Africa 2020* close *TOMORROW*! Head over to our
more details on eligibility, fees and how to submit.

*Deadline: June 30th 2020 | SUBMIT
One of the *best ways you can support Africa Writes* is to join The Royal
African Society.

*Join us today* to become part of our vibrant network and start enjoying a
wide range of exclusive members-only benefits, saving you hundreds of
pounds per year. Learn more.

*Highlights from our Friends*

*Congratulations to Abi Daré, Okechukwu Nzelu and Derek Owusu on making the
Desmond Elliot Prize shortlist! *

The National Centre for Writing announced the three debuts shortlisted for
the £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize.

Read more.

*Congratulations to Johny Pitts on winning the  Jhalak Prize 2020 with

*Afropean* was featured in double book launch at Africa Writes 2019
with Emmanuel Iduma which you  can listen to on our Mixcloud

Listen to Johny Pitts' acceptance speech for Jhalak Prize 2020 here
*Frances Mensah Williams' third novel: IMPERFECT ARRANGEMENTS*

Frances Mensah Williams’s new novel *Imperfect Arrangements*
is out in eBook and paperback.

Set in Ghana, the novel features the intertwined lives and loves of three
best friends, one of whom is a diaspora returnee, and explores contemporary
middle-class Africa and the impact of culture on both men and women in the
context of relationships.

Grab  your copy.
*Virtual Launch Tour: SONGS WE LEARN FROM TREES *

The first anthology of Ethiopian poetry in English, packed with all the
energy, wit and heartache of a beautiful country and language. These poems
ask what it means to be Ethiopian today, part of a young fast-growing
economy, heirs to the one African state which was never colonised, but
beset by deep political, ethnic and moral problems.

Watch the video tour made by the editors and contributors on the Carcanet
Press YouTube channel

*We Love To See It: *
Amplifying Black Writers, Take Flight Hub &
Black Writers Guild Open Letter
*Black Writers Guild article on the Guardian:*

More than 100 writers including Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo, Benjamin
Zephaniah and Malorie Blackman have called on major publishing houses in
the UK to introduce sweeping reforms to make the overwhelmingly white
industry more inclusive on all levels.

As Black authors top the bestseller charts in the wake of the Black Lives
Matter protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd, the newly formed
Black Writers’ Guild (BWG), which counts among its members some of
Britain’s best known authors and poets, has written an open letter airing
concerns that “British publishers are raising awareness of racial
inequality without significantly addressing their own”. Read more here

*Words of Colour x UCL x Spread the Word ‘Take Flight Hub’ development
programme for POC*

Some of the country’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights, literary
agents and publishers of colour will be sharing their expertise through
free talks, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and presentations
over five weeks, made possible by a grant from the UCL Knowledge and
Innovation Rapid Response fund. Tickets available from Monday 22 June. See
the full programme and register your interest here

*Dialogue Books’ ‘Amplify Black Writers’ reading list*

"As a reader and a publisher it’s important for me to bring to the fore and
amplify incredible Black writers that give us a breadth of storytelling,
experiences and voices which shed light on our collective and individual
experiences in the past and present. ⁣⁣
At Dialogue, we proudly give space to brilliance and creativity and we
stand for the books we publish and our writers to tell their truths through
their art. Regardless of your background, we hope you will read and share
in this with us. ⁣⁣"
— Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher⁣
May 2020⁣⁣
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*Africa Writes 2020 is supported by Arts Council England, Miles Morland
Foundation and the British Library. *
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