[Blackstudies-l] Africa Writes 2021 has moved to October

Maria Helena Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Tue Aug 10 08:40:05 EDT 2021

In the lead up to announcing our 2021 programme, we have a couple small
updates for you.
Africa Writes 2021 Newsletter
Brought to you by The Royal African Society
*Click here to view email in your browser

Dear Friends,

And just like that, it’s August! *insert panting emoji* It feels like the
year is speeding past while we are still grappling with this pandemic
world. Thank you to everyone who tuned in for our 2021 AKO Caine Prize
Conversation pre-festival event on Monday 19 July, a big congratulations to
Meron Hadero on bagging this year’s prize with ‘The Street Sweep’ and being
the first Ethiopian to do so.

We have an update to share. Due to external factors, *Africa Writes 2021 is
now being held on 4 – 24 October*. There’s a lot to be excited about for
our blended programme this year, and not too long from now you’ll discover
what’s in store for you. So keep your eyes peeled for the reveal of our
headliners and get ready to book your tickets by the end of August!

Over at the RAS we have an exciting opportunity with the *African Arguments
Fellowship*, and our new *Arts & Culture membership* where you will receive
a 50% discount on Africa Writes tickets and other exclusive treats! In
keeping with celebrating Ethiopian writers after Meron’s win, we bring you
a short story from the country in our joyful AFREADA short reads below.
Also learn more about the *Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour *in
our friends section.

We look forward to sharing more of Africa Writes 2021 with you soon. Thanks
for your continued support, may August be kind and safe for you all.

*– The Africa Writes team*
*Africa Writes x AFREADA*
In this joyous partnership with AFREADA we bring you scintillating short
fiction from the literary magazine.

*The Opening of Her Eyes
By Linda Yohannes*

Mommy never got up this early; but today she did, with yawns, to take me to
my first day of school. I had my hair in bangs of plaits, swinging on the
side of my face even if I didn’t move because of the weight of the green,
yellow and red ceramic beads at the tip. That, and I was also wearing my
new sequin-infested white shoes, enforced with thin metal bars on the heels
to make a thuck thuck sound when I marched. But still, I was afraid. “Will
I see you if I look out the classroom window, mommy?” She didn’t
answer. *Continue
the story from here...*

*More from the Royal African Society*
Learn how you can get involved with the charity through our programmes and
become a member.

*Arts and Culture Membership *

*For fans of Africa Writes, Film Africa, and all things arts and culture!*

We have a new membership for all who love arts and culture! Join RAS as an
Arts & Culture Member for great discounts on Africa Writes and Film Africa,
as well as a range of goodness from our partners Cinewax,  African language
schools Lingua 54 and Odunife, Afritondo, Market 54, Tatale and more.

We are planning a range of exciting collaborations, events and
opportunities for mentorship and exchange, creatively connecting Africa and
the UK.

*This package costs just £35 and includes discounted and priority access to
our events, networking opportunities, fab discounts and more.*

You can also tell us more about yourself and help shape the membership
here: https://bit.ly/1stmembers

*Launch of the African Arguments Fellowship!*

We have recently launched the African Arguments Fellowship. This is an
exciting opportunity for young freelance journalists based in Africa to be
mentored and gain online tailored training. As well as this, you will be
able to build your portfolio with three paid commissions.

The fellowship will take place from October 2021-January 2022 and deadlines
for applications are on September 5th 2021.
All information can be found here

*Join RAS today!*

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.
*We Love To See It*
Spotlighting amazing content we've seen online to bring you a little joy

*Young writers getting published!*

We were delighted to receive an update from one of our ‘Kenkey Party:
Ghanaian Storytelling for Children’ attendees as part of the Africa Writes
2020 online programme last year. After attending the event, Sarah felt
encouraged to enter the Scholastic UK national writing competition with
Cocoa Girl magazine and won! This means Sarah will have her own story
illustrated and published! We are extremely inspired by Sarah lifting her
voice, shedding light on her Krio heritage and culture.

Read the announcement *here*

*Meron Hadero wins the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing*

In case you missed our fabulous pre-festival event with the AKO Caine Prize
for African Writing finalists on 19 July, the winner was announced and has
been awarded to Meron Hadero for *The Street Sweep*
Congratulations to Meron! The announcement ceremony can be watched *here*
*From Our Friends...*
Some exciting news, opportuntities and discounts from our friends.

*The Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour*
Another exciting opportunity for unpublished writers! Morley College and
Rachel Mills Literary are providing an opportunity for your work to be
discovered. Allow your talent to be contested in front of an esteemed
judging panel for the potential of breaking into publishing. Don't miss
this incredible opportunity to share your rich cultural history! Find out
more about the application process *here*
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*Africa Writes 2020 is supported by Arts Council England, Miles Morland
Foundation and the British Library. *
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