[Blackstudies-l] AKO Caine Prize on 19 July & Yomi Sode's 'and breathe...' 🎭

Maria Helena Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Mon Jun 21 10:31:44 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
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Dear friends,

Is anyone else in a shock that June has almost come to an end? If you can
relate and feel any sense of discombobulation around time and its pace,
then we're with you. With that said, as always, we hope your days are kind
to you.

We are now gearing up to share some exciting content around the festival
this year, and for those of you who submitted ideas, we will be in touch by
early July. In the meantime, we will be announcing our key events in
mid-July and the full programme in August. However this one event couldn't
wait to get to you in July, so we've made an exception. We're thrilled to
be hosting one of our pre-festival events with the *AKO Caine Prize for
African Writing *shortlisted writers on Monday 19 July. More details on
that below.

If you've missed theatre like we have (hint hint, the above image is from
our 2019 headline adapted performance of Chigozie Obioma's debut novel *The
Fishermen*) then we have just the treat for you from Almeida Theatre: *Yomi
**Ṣ**ode*'s remarkable play '*and breathe...'*. If you're local to London,
learn how you can claim your £5 tickets below.

Finally we have an event at the RAS looking at the impact of COVID and the
consequences of UK's travel restrictions to African countries. Join us on
15 July.

We'll be in touch soon, until then continue to stay safe.

– The Africa Writes team
*Africa Writes 2021*
Join us for our first pre-festival event in partnership with the AKO Caine
Prize for African Writing and the British Library.

*2021 AKO Caine Prize Conversation*

*Monday 19 July, 19:00 – 20:30 (BST)*
*Location: British Library Player*
*Tickets: FREE*

*An evening with the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted

*This is an online event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers
are sent a link in advance giving access and can watch at any time for 48
hours after the start time.*

*With Doreen Baingana (Uganda), Meron Hadero (Ethiopia), Rémy Ngamije
(Rwanda & Namibia), Troy Onyango (Kenya) and Iryn Tushabe (Ugandan). *

The annual AKO Caine Prize for African Writing aims to bring African
writing to a wider audience, popularising short fiction from authors on the
continent and the diaspora. Launched in 2000, the prize is awarded to an
African writer of a short story published in English. We’re thrilled to
host the 2021 finalists ahead of Africa Writes 2021 (1 – 30 September) in
this virtual event where we hear them discuss their inspiration and work.

Come prepared! All shortlisted stories are available online
so you can read them and come ready to pose your questions to the writers.
All questions will be collected on British Library Player so make sure you
register below!

In partnership with Africa Writes, the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
and the British Library.
Book now

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

*Impact of COVID Travel Restrictions on African Economies

*Date & Time: Thursday, 15th July 10:30 BST Webinar via Zoom*

Join the Royal African Society, APPG Africa and SATSA as we examine the
consequences of the UK's travel restrictions to African countries.
*About this event*
Covid has had a massive impact on Africa, but as much if not more from the
economic as from the health consequences. A significant part of that impact
has resulted from the closing down of international travel.This event
examines the consequences of the UK's travel restrictions, and particularly
the current traffic light system, on African countries and their economies,
and asks what can be done about it. The implications of those restrictions
are far reaching: not just the reduction in income from visiting tourists,
but the consequences for conservation, the impact on communities that
depend on this income, the resulting increase in poverty, the impact on
African airlines and their supply chains, the reduction in business
opportunities and inward investment for Africa, and the obstacles to
students, academics, musicians, artists and cultural industries of all

All these effects need to be considered in addition to the current data and
modelling used in making the risk assessment of the pros and cons of
re-opening travel to and from the continent. The event will provide the
latest information and analysis to enable such a reassessment, and help
provide the support to Africa that is pledged in the recent G7 Communique.

*Photo credit: Marco Verch, image: Passport with medical face mask and
sunglasses on blue background
Book now

*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
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*From Our Friends...*
Some exciting news, opportuntities and discounts from our friends.

Access £5 tickets to Yomi Ṣode's new play *and breathe… *

Actor *David Jonsson* (BBC’s *Industry*) performs this World Premiere of *Yomi
Ṣode*'s deeply personal play about family relationships, bonding and
culture. Directed by Olivier Award-winner *Miranda Cromwell* (Young
Vic’s *Death
of a Salesman*), *and breathe...* features music composed and performed
live by* Femi Temowo*.

*How to access:*
Access £5 tickets online by entering the promo code *breathe5* at the top
of the screen before selecting your ticket.
Claim now
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*Africa Writes 2020 is supported by Arts Council England, Miles Morland
Foundation and the British Library. *
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