Farafina Trust Literary Evening 2015

Farafina Literary Evening 2015

To mark the end of the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, there will be a literary evening open to the general public.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2015
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos

Admission is free and open to all, and your favourite Farafina titles will be available for sale. See you there.

Igoni Barrett at Africa Writes 2015

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Igoni Barrett, author of Love is Power or Something Like That and Blackass (long-listed for the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award and to be released in Nigeria this year from Farafina) will be joining Chibundu Onuzo, Ben Okri, Ellah Allfrey and several others at Africa Writes 2015.

Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual African literature and book festival. The festival will run from Friday July 3 to Sunday July 5, 2015 at The British Library in London.

Selected Participants: 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

The following applicants have been selected to participate in the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop:

  1. NERISSA ANIDI
  2. ADAEZE EZENWA
  3. SHIELA CHUKWULOZIE
  4. EDWIN MADU
  5. ELOGHOSA OSUNDE
  6. TEMITOPE OWOLABI
  7. EMILOMO NWAFOR-OHIWEREI
  8. JOHN KARANJA  NZISA
  9. AYODEJI ROTINWA
  10. DORIS ANIUNOH
  11. ENAJITE EFEMUAYE
  12. NARO OMO-OSAGIE
  13. PHIDELIA IMIEGHA
  14. JILL MNENA  ACHINEKU
  15. NIYI ADEMOROTI
  16. AMARA NICOLE OKOLO
  17. OLORUNFEMI OWOYEMI
  18. ISAAC OTIDI AMUKE
  19. MODE ADERINOKUN
  20. OLUTIMEHIN ADEGBEYE
  21. AKWAEKE EMEZI
  22. FESTUS OKUBOR
  23. BADE AYOADE
  24. ABIODUN NKWOCHA
  25. FAREEDA ABDULKARIM

The workshop will run from June 16 to June 26, at the end of which there will be a Literary Evening open to the public.

Congratulations to the selected participants!

2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

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Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from June 16 to June 26, 2015. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers who will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie are the Caine Prize Winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, National Librarian of Norway Aslak Sira Myhre, and others.

The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

To apply, send an e-mail to Udonandu2015@gmail.com. Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application.’ The body of the e-mail should contain the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Your address
  3. A few sentences about yourself
  4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample must be either fiction or non-fiction.

All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please DO NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified.

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by June 2, 2015. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop.

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015

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The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open. The prize rewards outstanding work from unpublished writers in these three categories: poetry, fiction and life writing. This year’s judges are Toby Litt, Yasmin Alibhai Brown and Roger Robinson. The prize for each category is £300 and publication in Wasafiri. Entries will be accepted until 5pm, 24 July 2015.

For more information, please visit Wasafiri.

Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards 2015

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Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds present the Emerging Voices Awards 2015. The award, in its inaugural year, aims to recognise extraordinary talent in the arts, including fiction, film and art.

“There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets.”

The fiction award is open to nationals or residents of emerging nations in Africa and the Middle East. Only books first published between 1 January 2014 and 30 September 2015, and having a minimum of 20,000 words, are eligible. Entries are open until 30 April 2015, and winners in each category will be announced at a special gala on 5 October 2015. Winners in each category will receive the sum of $40,000.

For more information on entry criteria, entry categories and the awards schedule, please visit the awards website.

Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun named among BBC’s 12 greatest novels of the 21st Century

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BBC Culture, in a recent poll of “several dozen” US critics, has named Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun among the 12 greatest novels of the 21st Century so far. Set amidst the Biafran War, Half of a Yellow Sun explores the effects of the war on the newly independent nation. According to the critic Walton Muyumba, Half of a Yellow Sun is “… a tour de force, artistically and intellectually.” Also highly ranked was Adichie’s 2013 novel, Americanah, which very narrowly missed out on a spot in the top 12.

Ranked at number one was Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Also among the top 12 were Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.

To see the full list, click here.