The Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue kicks off today at the College of Surgeons, No. 54 Independence Avenue, Ridge, in less than an hour. The conference is bringing together women writers of African descent, writing organisations among others to deliberate on chosen topics.
As you would notice, the topics are very interesting, and the 4-day conference is interlaced with workshops for writers of all categories. It is a free, open event as long as you register. We understand, as Ghanaian Book Blogger and an organiser of the conference Kinna Likimani reveals in her post this morning that, the American scholar, author and political Activist, Angela Davis, will be speaking at the Opening Plenary at the conference.
Creative Writing Ghana received a copy of the programme line-up. Below, we publish the complete list.
Thursday, 16 MAY
10:00am-4:30pm: Book Tables & Vendors
10:30-11:00: Welcome & Orientation
Welcome from representatives of the conference sponsors and collaborating organizations
11:00-1:00pm: Master Translation Class. This class is first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early. Led by Wangui wa Goro (Kenya)
1:00-3:00pm: Performance Art Workshops Workshops are first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early. Led by Gabrielle Civil (USA/Haiti) and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria/USA)
3:15-4:30pm – Identity & Creativity
How authors’ and characters’ identities affect the creative process.
Gladys Francis (Guadeloupe); Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico); Mamle Kabu (Ghana);
Cheryl Sterling (USA); Helen Yitah (Ghana)
4:45-6:15pm – Opening Plenary
Greetings from representatives of The Republic of Ghana & Conference Organizers
Plenary Speakers: Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Sapphire (USA), Angela Davis (USA),
Rosamond S. King (The Gambia/Trinidad & Tobago/USA)
6:30-8:00pm – Opening Reception Sponsored by NYU Accra
8:00-9:00pm – Open Mike
Friday, 17 MAY
9:00am-5:00pm: Book Tables & Vendors
9:30-11:00am: Roundtable: Getting the Work out (for emerging authors)
Writers, editors, and administrators discuss the many venues through which emerging authors can put their work in front of readers.
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Latasha N Nevada Diggs (USA); Kadija George (Sierra Leone/UK);
Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ghana/UK); Writers’ Project of Ghana representative
Moderator: Tara Betts (USA)
11:00am-12:15pm: Ghanaian Writers & Scholars in Conversation
Authors and scholars discuss their work and the current literary scenes in Ghana.
Amma Darko (Ghana); Faith Ben-Daniels (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Famia Nkansa
(Ghana), Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Ghana)
Moderator: Ghana Association of Writers representative
12:15-1:30pm – Lunch – Visit the book tables and vendors, and network!
1:30-1:45pm – Author Portrait Slide Show Presentation: “Her Word as Witness: Women
Writers of the African Diaspora” – African Premiere!
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (USA)
2:00-3:15pm: African & Diaspora Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Now & in the Future
Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana), Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria), Michelle
Martin & Rachelle Washington (USA), Esi Sutherland-Addy (Ghana)
3:30-4:45pm: Authors & Action
How authors respond to environmental and man-made disasters.
Angelique Nixon (Bahamas/USA); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Hermine Pinson (USA); Eintou Pearl
Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Dzodzi Tsikata (Ghana)
Moderator: Ira Dworkin (USA/Egypt)
5:00-6:30pm: Tribute to the Life, Writing, & Activism of Jayne Cortez (1934-2012)
7-8:30: Pan-African Writers Association and Ghana Association of Writers Reception, Reading
At PAWA House; address: Roman Road, Roman Ridge, Accra
Hosted by PAWA Secretary General Atukwei Okai, Featuring Natalia Molebatsi, Angelique V.
Nixon, Hermine Pinson, & Ghanaian authors TBA
Saturday, 18 MAY
9:00am-5:00pm: Book Tables & Vendors
9:00-10:45am: Screening of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years – 1984-1992 – African Premiere!
Discussants: Gina Dent (USA) & Olumide Popoola (Nigeria/Germany/UK)
9:00-10:30am: Children’s Storytime (boys and girls welcome!)
Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria); Eintou Pearl
Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Ghana)
9:00-10:30am: Writing Workshop for Youth (young men and young women ages 13-19 welcome!) Workshops are first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early.
Poetry workshop led by Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa); Fiction workshop led by Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana)
11:00am-12:15pm: The Creative Process Writers discuss craft and the creative process in written and oral literature.
Camille Dungy (USA); Rashidah Ismaili (Benin/USA); Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa); Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda/Ghana); Wanguri wa Goro (Kenya)
Moderator: Madhu H. Kaza (India/USA)
12:15-1:45: Lunch – Visit the book table and vendors, and network!
2:00-3:15pm: Writing Sexuality
Samiya Bashir (Somalia/USA); Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe); Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah (Ghana); Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria); Anita Cobbinah (Ghana)
Moderator: Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe (Ghana)
3:30-4:45: Youth Open Mike
Writers under 20, whether or not they attended the workshop, are invited to read short pieces – everyone else, cheer them on!
5:00pm-6:30pm: Writing Through the Body: Performance Art
Gabrielle Civil (USA/Haiti); Rosamond S. King (USA/Trinidad/The Gambia); Wura-Natasha Ogunji
6:00-7:30 SABLE Reading
Hosted by SABLE Editor Kadija George & Featuring Nana Akosua, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro,
Khadija Ibrahim, Mamle Kabu, Lola Shoneyin, & Dorothea Smartt
Sunday, 19 MAY
9:30am-6:00pm: Book Tables & Vendors
10:00-11:15am – Configuring the Past & the Future
Zetta Elliott (Canada/USA); Lucía Charún-Illescas (Peru/Germany); Gina Athena Ulysse (Haiti/USA), Ishraga Mustafa Hamid (Sudan/Austria)
Moderator: Dorothy Randall Tsuruta (USA)
11:30am-1:00pm – New Venues, New Audiences; Literature and Technology.
These speakers discuss editing, publishing, distribution, and the use of other media to network and communicate.
Joanne Braxton (USA); Khadija Ibrahiim (UK); Fungai Machirori (Zimbabwe); Wana Udobang
Moderator: Jason King (USA)
1:00-2:00pm – Lunch – Visit the book table and vendors, and network!
2:15-3:30 – Continuing the Dialogue: Keeping Our Work in the World.
Editors and arts administrators discuss the logistics of keeping women’s writing available.
Janet Badjan Young (The Gambia); Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Nigeria); Margaret Busby (Ghana/UK);
Roshnie Moonsammy (South Africa); Ghana Writers Association representative
Moderator: Maureen Ngozi Eke (Nigeria/USA)
3:45-5:00pm – Closing Plenary
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Véronique Tadjo (Cote d’Ivoire); Évelyne
Trouillot (Haiti); María Teresa Fernández de la Vega (Spain)
Closing remarks by OWWA members Rashidah Ismaili & Rosamond S. King
5:00-6:15 – Closing Reception