Book Discussion Club Picks Collins, Adzei, Orwell

The Writers Project of Ghana Book Discussion is back in 2014 after that break in November 2013. The 2014 session kicks off in February with Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White, on Thursday, 20th on Twitter and Tuesday, 25th at Legon. The PDF is available online and on Amazon.

Two books make the list for the beginning of the year. The Testament by Mawuli Adzei is book for March. It is a collection of poems by the Ghanaian writer and academic. For April, the club chose the fortuitous and futuristic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell. Perhaps in the age of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency of the United States, this book is quite on point.

The structure of the Discussion Club remains the same. On Twitter, you can tweet your interest in joining the conversation to @writersPG, follow the hashtag #wpghbookclub and show up on the day of discussion. The time is always 6 – 7PM. To join the Legon meet-up, email freduagyeman@yahoo.com stating your interest.

Hard copes of all the three books are available at the following bookshops in the order below.

The Woman in White – EPP Bookshop, Legon Branch.

The Testament – University of Ghana Bookshop, Legon and Accra City Campus.

1984 – EPP Bookshop, Legon Branch.

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Vagina Monologues Arrives in Accra Again

Residents in Accra will be thrilled with another staging of the Vagina Monologues on Friday and Saturday, 14 and 15 February 2014 at the National Theatre in Accra. It is scheduled to start at 6.30PM

Clearly, the dates were selected to coincide with the celebration of St. Valentine’s across the globe.

Here are a few photograph to put you in the mood. If you do attend, please let us know in the comment section your impressions.

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Nigerian Author Chuma Nwokolo in Ghana, February

Nigerian author, and acclaimed short story writer, Chuma Nwokolo, will be in Ghana on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Chuma will be reading at an event organised by the Writers Project of Ghana at the International House on the University of Ghana campus, Legon.

chumaThe short story writer extraordinaire, who published a collection of short stories in 2013 on Nigeria titled “How to Spell Nija in 100 short stories”, is set to release the other half of the collection this year. He is author of The Ghost of Sani Abacha and Diary of a Dead African and many others.

He was once a guest author on the Ghana Voices Series, a monthly book reading also organised by the Writers Project of Ghana in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, Accra.

*We do not know the time the reading will commence, but it will most likely be in the evening. We will keep this page updated with the latest information.

New Year and Poetry Prizes

Hello Folks, this is our very first post for the year 2014. To start the year right, we wish to thank you all who patronised this space by reading our post on literary activities in Ghana, commenting and reblogging among others. We are extremely grateful.For those who follow us on Twitter ( @writingGH ) and on Facebook ( Creative Writing Ghana ) we hope to continue to serve you great content. Talking about social media, Blogcamp, Ghana’s biggest social media event just announced open. We think we qualify for some nominations in the awards: Best Blog and Best New Blog. Hey why not? Nominate us when it opens. More details here.

For this year, we are hoping to cover more news and events on the literary scene in Ghana. 2013 featured a lot of book launches and readings. Poetry is now an intrinsic part of Ghanaian literary culture once more. It is not only an Accra thing – it is nationwide. And oh, we hosted the full version of Serwa Akoto’s Diary for free download. Many thanks to the author, Asabea Ashun.

So to start off the year right, remember that Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators? We hope you are watching that space. The Writers Project of Ghana Book Discussion Club has selected the first three books for the months February, March and April: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Testament (poetry collection) by Mawuli Adzei, and 1984 by George Orwell. Testament is available at the University of Ghana Bookshop, Legon while the other two are at the Legon Branch of the EPP Bookshop.

We must mention that the Ghana Voices Series, a monthly book reading series at the Goethe Institute organised together with the Writers Project is expected to commence in March 2014. And we hear some activities by Kinnareads will come off in February so watch out.

Now to the money in poetry. The BN Poetry Award is open to to all African poets with an ultimate prize of One thousand dollars ($1,000). The award is open from 6 January to 5 May. For more details, visit the website or the blog.

So well, while you are awaiting other Prizes to open, here is a way to begin the year on a great note. We hope to serve you to our best this year!

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