Literary Events to Top December Holidays in Ghana

The year has been long, but 2015 is definitely ending and there is nothing we can do to stop it. So we are elated to catalogue these events starting from tonight with the EHALAKASA Slam Finale at the Nubuke Foundation, East Legon, 7pm.

Of course throughout this period, the Writers Project on Citi fm will be live on 97.3fm and online at http://www.citifmonline.com

Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli will be at PaJohn’s tomorrow, 28th December, 2015, evening from 5pm for a serenading public reading to top the literary year in Ghana. (Photo attached).

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After reading with Nana Awere Damoah & Kofi Akpabli tomorrow, what a way to begin 2016 with ROOTS by the Sasa Movement on 3rd January, 2016, from 5pm. (See photo below).

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Meanwhile, tonight on the Writers Project on Citi 97.3 fm, the producers will open the phone lines for you to talk to us about your literary year! And your expectations for 2016. The phone numbers will be announced during the show. The WhatsApp line is 0549986996. The show airs between 8.30 and 9.30pm each Sunday. Listen live on radio and online at http://www.citifmonline.com.

Follow the show also on Twitter and Instagram at @writersPG and Facebook at “Writers Project on Citi fm”.

Ghana International Book Fair Begins Tomorrow

The Ghana International Book Fair, which brings together book publishers, authors and the reading public, among others, will commence tomorrow, Wednesday, 3rd to 7th November, 2015, at the Trade Fair Centre at La, Accra.

The 13th edition of the Book Fair is under the theme “Professional Nook Publishing and E-Services: a Resource for National Development”.

The Fair will be open each day from 9-6pm, so feel free to stroll in during the day or after work. Let us how it goes in the comment section.

You can call 0206662561 and 0302912764 for more information.

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Kofi Anyidoho Reads Tonight on the Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana, together with the Goethe Institute, will host the world-renowned poet and academic, Kofi Anyidoho, on this month’s Ghana Voices Series, a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana.

Kofi Anyidoho is an accomplished poet of international repute. The inaugural Kwame Nkrumah chair of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Kofi Anyidoho has won many awards for his poetry and academic work.

Prof Anyidoho has impacted many Ghanaian poets and students, directly and indirectly, through his semester Creative Writing class at the Department of English at the University of Ghana.

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The venue as usual is the Goethe Institute (near NAFTI at East Cantonments) and it’s about a few minutes away to the start of the programme at 7PM.

Go to this amazing reading for an opportunity of a lifetime to interact with Kofi Anyidoho.

Admittance is free.

Writers Project Hosts Zambian Author Ellen Aaku

This is a special reading programme organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, with support from Vidya Bookstore.
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The programme will feature readings from Zambian author, Ellen Banda Aaku, interspersed with Q&A sessions.

The venue for the reading, Vidya Bookstore, is a serene atmosphere at Osu surrounded by an array of books, perfect for a book reading event. This will be the second time the Writers Project of Ghana is hosting a book reading at Vidya Bookstore (fifth junction on the left from Danquah Circle on the Oxford Street). Last month, they hosted Nigerian author Dami Ajayi. It’s an alternative to the usual monthly reading at the Goethe Institute and adds to Accra’s literary landscape.

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The reading is free and open to the public. It will start at 4.30pm

Ghana Voices Series Presents Esther Armah as Author for August

Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute have announced the Ghanaian journalist and author, Esther Armah, as author for the month of August on the reading series, the Ghana Voices Series.

Esther Armah: photo credit: Esther Armah, Writers Project

Esther Armah: photo credit: Esther Armah, Writers Project

On August 26th, 2015, from 7.00 PM, Esther Armah will read for an hour, interlaced with question and answer session and an interaction event after the reading at the Goethe Institute in East Cantonments, Accra.

We are expecting that Esther would read from her works, including a novel that is currently working on. You can follow @writersPG on Twitter for more details and sign up on the event page of the Writers Project of Ghana on Facebook.

Whatever you do on Wednesday evening, do not miss this reading. Call 0261695952 or 0207994590 if you get lost.

Brief of the Author

Esther Armah is an international award-winning journalist working in print, radio and television. She is also a playwright, writer and lecturer.

Esther teaches at Ashesi University, African University College of Communications and Webster University in Ghana. She is host and executive producer of the weekly radio talk show ‘The Spin’, a global production via BBC Accra and NPR New York which airs on Ghana’s Citi FM every Wednesday at 7.05 PM, and across the USA in New Jersey, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa and Mississippi.

Esther lived and worked as a journalist, playwright, television commentator and multi-media producer in New York for 8 years, hosting the daily breakfast radio talk show on WBAI99.5FM for which she was awarded ‘Most Valuable New York Radio Host’ by the prestigious The Nation‘s 2012 Progressive Honor Roll. She also worked for 10 years as a print, radio and TV journalist with BBC in London and has been on BBC Focus on Africa, CNN, MSNBC, HuffPostLive as a TV political commentator. In addition, Esther has written for Gawker, Gawker review, AlterNet, Essence magazine, Ebony.com, Salon.com, Huffington Post, The Network Journal, The Guardian newspaper, and West Africa magazine. In her work as a journalist, she has reported from London, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Lesotho and Ghana.

Esther Armah is the author of four plays: Can I Be Me?, Forgive Me?, Entitled!, and SAVIOUR?, all of which have been produced and performed in New York and Chicago.

Esther lives in Accra, Ghana.

Esther Armah

Esther Armah

Date: Wednesday, 26th August, 2015.
Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Location: Goethe-Institut Accra, 30 Kakramadu Road, (next to NAFTI), Cantonments, Accra.
Admission is free

Nigerian Author Eghosa Imasuen in Accra for Workshop and Reading

The Writers Project of Ghana is pleased to announce this month’s author on the Ghana Voices Series, Nigerian writer Eghosa Imasuen.

As usual, the venue is the Goethe Institute, East Cantonments, Accra, and the time is 7 PM. The date is Wednesday, 24th June, 2015.

Eghosa Imasuen is the Chief Operating Officer at Kachifo Ltd (Farafina publishers).

This reading follows one by South African poet and playwright, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, and forms part of a 2015 programme on the reading series featuring non-Ghanaian authors.

Eghosa will be live on Yfm 107.9 on Wednesday morning and later on Citi 97.3 fm at 3pm.

While in Accra, Eghosa will also be a facilitator at a workshop for writers and publishers on Sat 27th June, 2015, at Totally Youth, near the Alisa Hotel. The workshop is supported by the Miles Morland Foundation.

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send a sample of your writing (prose only), not exceeding 1,500 words, to info@writersprojectghana.com by Wednesday, 24th June, 2015.

Space is limited for the workshop. If selected, you will receive an invitation for participation on Thursday 25th June.

For more, please see: http://writersprojectghana.com/eghosaimasuen/index.html

South African Poet Phillippa Ya de Villiers Reads on the Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana presents Phillippa Yaa de Villiers as author for the month of April on the Ghana Voices Series at the Goethe Institut, Cantonments.

The hour reading with de Villiers will take place Wednesday, 29th April 2015, at the serene atmosphere at the Goethe Institut, from 7PM. The reading is a free event, open to the public and will feature a series of readings and performances from de Villiers.

Speaking on the flagship radio literary show on Sunday, 26th April, Martin Egblewogbe, host of the Writers Project on Citi FM, indicated that the Ghana Voices Series, which is mainly an event for novelists and short story writers, was “featuring a major poet for the first time since the reading series began some five years ago”.

Phillippa (left) with Ghanaian poet Delalorm Semabia Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

Phillippa (left) with Ghanaian poet Delalorm Semabia
Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

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Joe Frazier to Kickstart Ghana Voices Series for 2015

The Writers Project Ghana has announced Ghanaian columnist and novelist, Joe Frazier, as author for March to set off the monthly reading series, the Ghana Voices Series, for 2015.

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, together with the Goethe Institute, Accra. This month’s reading will take place at the Goethe Institute as usual, starting at 7PM prompt and will go on for an hour. The Goethe Institute is next to NAFTI at No. 7 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments.

According to a tweet from the Writers Project (@writersPG), the Ghana Voices Series, this year, is paying attention to authors who have done little or no public readings over their career. April will, therefore, feature poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with Joe Frazier. There will be short discussion sessions after the readings. Copies of books will also be on sale. Please do make it on time as the programme is regimental about time.

For more information, email info@writersprojectghana.com

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The name Joe Frazier immediately brings up the boxer or the Ghanaian hiplife artist. But the author Joe Frazier is quite different from these other public figures. Born Silva Kwabla Lumor, he is the fifth child of cattle rearing and tobacco farming parents of Zemu in the southern Volta Region. Dispatched to Atiavi at the age of seven to be apprenticed to a master goldsmith, he managed to attend school and proceeded to the University of Science and Technology where he obtained a BSc in Applied Biochemistry in 1971.

Mr Frazier joined Guinness Brewery as a Technical Management Trainee, rising to the rank of Technical Director, at which position he served on the board of Guinness Ghana Ltd for 10 years, retiring in 1999 to pursue training as a mediator in the lower courts of Ghana where he currently practices. He is a Non-Executive director of two public-listed manufacturing companies.

Joe Frazier writes My Blog, a weekly column for the Daily Graphic, and has over 400 articles and opinion pieces in print. His first novel, Blame not the Darkness was published in 2011, followed by Akora in 2013. A third novel, The Sissain Bridge is currently in press.

Joe Frazier is married with three children and lives in Kumasi.

Happy New Year – Report

As the year 2014 ends, Creative Writing Ghana is grateful for what has been a rather challenging year – yet a very eventful one for writing and literature in Ghana.

During the period, there were writing workshops organised including those from the Gird Center, and, more recently, the workshop with crime fiction writer Kwei Quartey, organised by the Writers Project of Ghana. There were the book readings, the Golden Baobab Prizes, book discussions and a plethora of poetry events. It was a great year, simply put.

For our blog, the guys at WordPress sent us an amazing report including some statistics on how we did. As we thank you for your patronage of this blog, our Facebook and twitter, we would like to share with you a summary of the report, while wishing you a Happy New 2015!

“A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

There were 34 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 24th with 135 views. The most popular post that day was Interview with Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Author Ricky Ansong.”

Writing Workshop and Book Reading with Author Kwei Quartey

The Writers Project of Ghana is offering a great opportunity for writers and lovers of Ghanaian literature this Saturday!

Writers Project of Ghana is happy to announce a writing workshop and a BOOK READING with Ghanaian writer, Kwei Quartey (his latest book is, “Murder At Cape Three Points). Based in Pasadena, California, Kwei Quartey’s crime fiction novels are held in high regard, and have been on the LA TImes best-selling lists. For more, see http://www.kweiquartey.com/

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We've got our copy already

Kwei Quartey will serve as facilitator, and then have the READING on the same day as well! While the reading is open to all, the workshop has a cap on the number of participants.

This workshop is the first in a series intended to assist writers to come out with full length books for publication. 

The writer must have completed or is working on a novel, a collection of short stories, or a memoir. No other genres are being considered at this time.

NOTE: The number of participants is limited to ten (10).

Please send in a sample of your writing, not exceeding 2000 words, toinfo@writersprojectghana.com or tom.egblewogbe@gmail.com on or before Wednesday, 17th December, 2014.
Important times:
Date: 20th December, 2014
Time: 9 AM – 2.30 PM [Workshop]
3.30 PM – 4.30 PM [Reading]
Venue: Totally Youth, North Ridge, Accra (A minute walk from Alisa Hotel).

Participation is open to all. It is a great hour to spend with Kwei Quartey.