Join the RAS

Join now!

Membership benefits include:

  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
  • Receiving quarterly issues of African Affairs;
  • Support the work of the society.

Read more »


We run an exciting and extensive programme of events on a variety of topics for audiences with an interest in Africa. The majority of our events are open to the general public. Our programme of events include regular talks, book launches, and events run in partnership with other organisations. We hold an Annual Lecture and two highly popular festivals, Africa Writes, the UK’s largest literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and Film Africa, our annual celebration of African cinema. 

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria

Saturday, 29 June 2019 - 10:00am to Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 6:00pm
    Africa Writes 2019 – Bristol Date: Saturday 29th June – Thursday 4th July Venues: TBA   Save the dates for a series of book launches, panels, performances and workshops celebrating contemporary literature from Africa, the South West and the diaspora. The programme will include a full day of activities on the Saturday, followed by a series... more
Friday, 5 July 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, 7 July 2019 - 7:00pm
  Africa Writes 2019 Dates: Friday 5th July - Sunday 7th July 2019 Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB Africa Writes is back this summer with an exciting programme showcasing the best new writing from the continent and the diaspora, Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July at the British Library.   We are delighted to welcome Chigozie Obioma as the... more