Friday 28th June – Thursday 4th July
Venues across the city, including Malcolm X Community Centre, The Cube, Foyles, Wickham Theatre and Waterstones
From Friday 28 June – Thursday 4 July we’ll be celebrating contemporary literature from Africa and the African diaspora with a series of performances, book launches, panels and workshops.
This exciting literary week brings together over 30 writers and creatives drawing on histories and geographies from across Botswana, Cameroon, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Somaliland, South Africa, Uganda, UK, USA and Zambia.
2019 marks the launch of New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby (following on from her landmark Daughters of Africapublished in 1992) and featuring the work of over 200 writers from across the globe – from Trinidad and Tobago to Kenya, Equatorial Guinea to the USA – to celebrate a unifying heritage, illustrate an uplifting sense of sisterhood, and showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora. New Daughters of Africa has very much inspired our programming for Africa Writes – Bristol 2019, with nearly every panel featuring a contributor to this important new anthology (from Ros Martin to Jay Bernard to Nadifa Mohamed), and a particular emphasis on showcasing the extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers from Bristol-based Liz Mytton’s new play Back Home to Namwali Serpell’s debut novel The Old Drift. We are also hugely excited about our headline New Daughters of Africa event in partnership with St Paul’s Carnival where Dialogue Books’ Sharmaine Lovegrove will be in conversation with Margaret Busby and contributors to the anthology at the Malcolm X Community Centre.
View the full programme & book tickets
Africa Writes Bristol 2019 is brought to you by the Royal African Society and Saseni!, and supported by Arts Council England, the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, University of Bristol and University of Exeter.