For many, enjoying and exploring African literature is a matter of ordering books on Amazon and patiently waiting for delivery. It remains relatively rare that African writers will be available in the cities, towns and villages where there readers live.
For those fortunate enough to be in London from Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017, there is the opportunity to participate in the The Africa Writes festival which is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society (RAS).
Every year the RAS showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities.
One of the highlights for millennials is:
Africa Writes: R.A.P Party
Friday 30 June
19:30 – 23:00
This event is a Rhythm and Poetry Party – a nostalgic, old school evening of hip-hop inspired poems and songs. Featuring Malika Booker, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Fatimah Kelleher, Jolade Olusanya, Rachel Long, Roger Robinson, Amaal Said, Yomi Sode, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams and DJ Sid Mercutio. Followed by a set of afrobeats, funk, house and afro-influenced sounds from across the continent and diaspora. The rhythm is going to get you and all other nationalities……….
With drinks by Matugga Rum
About the RAS
The Royal African Society is Britain’s prime Africa organisation with more than a century of in-depth knowledge and experience of the continent and its peoples. We foster a better understanding of Africa in the UK and throughout the world, exploring the continent’s history, politics, culture, problems and potential. We disseminate knowledge and insight to make a positive difference to Africa’s development and celebrate the diversity and depth of African culture.
About RAS’ Partners
Africa Writes is organised by The Royal African Society in partnership with a host of like-minded organisations and individuals. This year some of its partners include African Reading Group (ARG!), Afrikult., Arts Council England, Black Reading Group, Bookshy Blogger, British Museum, Brunel University African Poetry Prize, The Caine Prize, Centre of African Studies at The University of London, Commonwealth Writers, Grange Hotels, Granta, Hay Festival, Jacaranda, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Miles Morland Foundation, SIDENSI, The Literary Consultancy, TedxEuston and its main partner, The British Library