RAS News

The RAS News blog features news on our latest activities and selected content from African Arguments Online

Chino Odimba, appearing at Africa Writes, 6th July 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Written by Dele Meiji Fatunla
Why do you write? Because I dreamt it: The deepest truths can be found In our dreams, So can a great deal of debris Floating from the ego. Do you have any pre-writing rituals? This is the censored version. I have to be absolutely cold sober to write. No glass of wine or tipple of gin for me. Which is a shame as I have a high regard for gin.  Usually the routine involves making... more
Monday, 24 June 2013
Written by Interview By - Dele Meiji Fatunla
Why do you write? To tell a story. To express an idea. Because it’s fun. Fiction is a wonderful way of simulating real life, exploring issues and ideas. No other art form does it better. But there is no need to philosophise about this. You see, storytelling is an ancient art; we do it because we have to. It’s hardwired in our DNA. Do you have any pre-writing rituals? Bollocks... more
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Written by Dele Fatunla, RAS Website Editor
Why do you write? I write because I love writing. It‘s such a reductive response but it’s true. Usually, when writers get asked this question the default mode is to coyly babble on about how cleansing the process is (a bit like colonic irrigation) but also how difficult and stressful it all is and how paradoxically unbearable life is without the process. I write because I love to... more
Warsan Shire, award-wining poet performing at the Africa Writes Festival, Friday July 5th
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Written by DMF - Website Editor
Diaspora Writes Back: London based African poets exploring ideas of culture, migration and identity.  Join award winning London-based African poets for an exciting and revealing evening of verse and versatility, as they explore notions of culture, migration, and identity.  Hosted by author and founder of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize, Bernardine Evaristo MBE, the evening... more
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Written by Fadil Elobeid
The Royal African Society’s Annual Literature Festival is looking for volunteers! WHEN: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July 2013, WHERE: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London THE RAS IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH A PASSION FOR AFRICAN LITERATURE TO HELP RUN AFRICA WRITES, WHICH RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND YEAR RUNNING. Africa Writes is an annual festival organised by the RAS, which... more