Event Date and time: Thursday 29th June, 2017 | 19:30 – 21:00  

Venue details: Function Room, Level 3, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall | Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX

Organisers: Southbank Centre

Event website: An evening in conversation with the 2017 Caine Prize shortlisted authors

Event cost: £10

African writing is thriving today, come along and find out what we have to look forward to, and what stories might emerge in the Caine Prize shortlist.

Join the discussion of an exciting range of stories that are being published by African writers at the moment, in an event for the shortlisted authors of The Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary award.

The 2016 Caine Prize shortlisted stories delved into sexual harassment, tales of family conflict, Nigerians coming-of-age in the US, mental instability in a South African village, and much more. What does the 2017 shortlist contain?

This year’s featured shortlist comprises:

  •  Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for Who Will Greet You At Home published in The New Yorker (USA. 2015)
  • Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria) for Bush Baby published in African Monsters, edited by Margaret Helgadottir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books, UK. 2015)
  • Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan) for The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away translated by Max Shmookler with support from Najlaa Osman Eltom, published in The Book of Khartoum – A City in Short Fiction edited by Raph Cormack & Max Shmookler (Comma Press, UK. 2016)
  • Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria) for God’s Children Are Little Broken Things published in A Public Space 24 (A Public Space Literary Projects, Inc., USA. 2016)
  • Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (South Africa) for The Virus published in The Harvard Review 49 (Houghton Library Harvard University, USA. 2016).

In this event chaired by Bidisha, the output of contemporary African writers is shared, discussed and thought through by the 2017 Caine Prize shortlisted writers.

The event is suitable for an audience both familiar with African literature and those keen to discover, perhaps for the first time, what is being written now and what is to be published in the future.

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