Africa Writes: Young Voices

Africa Writes Young Voices – inspiring the writers of the future!


Africa Writes Young Voices is the flagship project of the Royal African Society’s Education Programme. Committed to championing African literature and inspiring the writers of the future, we connect young people in UK schools directly with professional poets and writers from the Africa Writes festival community through a unique literature enrichment and writing development programme.


Using African art forms such as literature, spoken word, proverbs, music, visual art and photography, the workshops are designed to inspire and guide young people to develop critical responses and to create their own pieces of poetry, drama or narrative fiction. We celebrate young voices and aim to build confidence and nurture creativity. The project culminates in live performances by our emerging young writers’ new work at a showcase event as part of the Africa Writes festival weekend. 


Working closely with school English departments and libraries, we curate Africa Writes booklists for teachers and students, and donate book packs to schools so that students may continue to enjoy African literature independently at their own leisure.


Hear previous live performances from our students here


Read students’ work in our Africa Writes Young Voices anthologies here


Africa Writes Young Voices is funded by Arts Council England, the Foyle Foundation and the Miles Morland Foundation.