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”.

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

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.

Ghana Voices Series Presents Benjamin Kwakye as Author

The Writers Project of Ghana presents as author on the Ghana Voices Series for September, Benjamin Kwakye, who will read tonight at the Goethe Institut.

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The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana together with the Goethe Institut, Accra.

The reading tonight, will start at 7PM and end at 8PM. It is a free event. However, books will be made available for purchase.

You can follow the event on Twitter by following @writersPG; and the hashtags #GhanaVoicesSeries, #GVS and #bookreading.

As always, tell us if you liked the programme should you be able to attend.

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GAWBOFEST Returns

The Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival is scheduled for Monday, 22 September, at the National Theatre, Accra.

The GAWBOFEST, as it is popularly nicknamed, brings together writers, publishers, readers and an array of books displayed by bookshops.

The event, which falls on a public holiday that commemorates the birthday of the first president of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, will start at 8 in the morning and close at 5PM.

Last year, the current president of Ghana, John Mahama, read from his then newly published autobiography. We were able to grab a copy of the Caine Prize anthology. Perhaps, you can do same of this year’s version headlined by the Ghanaian story “Gonjon Pin”.

As usual, if you are able to attend, let us know what you think in the comments.

It is the Writer Erections Reloaded!

When the poet Nana Asaase hosted the first Writer Erections about two years ago, many did not assume the current dimensions the programme is exhibiting. On the platform of Asaase Inscriptions, the arm that handles the business side of the poetry, Nana Asaase (formerly Philip Oyinka), is back with Writer Erections Reloaded.

The programme, which is taking place on 22 September 2014, at the College of Surgeons and Physicians (Ridge Roundabout or Liberation Circle), and starting from 5PM will be bigger than its previous shows. The date falls a day after the birthday of Ghana’s first president Dr Kwame Nkrumah. perhaps, that explains the poster going with the event.

Writer Erections itself emerged out of an initiative to encourage other young Ghanaian writers, and artists in general, to sharpen their artform. It was a platform for the expression of art across all barriers: age, gender, religion etc.

Writer Erections Reloaded

Writer Erections Reloaded

Speaking to Nana Asaase earlier in the week, he opined that “this year, we have three generations on a single stage; beneficiaries of Poetry for Development, Asaase Inscriptions’ Rural Literary initiative, as well as a melange of colour, dance, music, and relevance through the arts. Same venue, an upgraded experience.” All that is plenty talk. What it means is that Writer Erections Reloaded will be too much fun!

We asked Nana Asaase about why it was that this year’s event is bringing on board many older generation poets. According to him, “it is on the ends of old ropes that new ones are woven. It might be the essence of unity in three parts.” Indeed, he has spoken like the writer that he is.

Should you make it to Writer Erections Reloaded, expect to see greats such as Atukwei Okai, Esi Sutherland Addy, and Mawuli Adzei.

To reserve your tickets, you can call 026 458 8865. Follow Nana Asaase on Twitter at @Asaase_Nana and the hashtag #writererectionsreloaded

“Thank God for Idiots” a Play on Two Days this September

Why should we thank God? Or more appropriately, why are we thanking God for idiots at all. After, aren’t all idiots irritating? The play “Thank God for Idiots” written by Latif Abubakar is on stage at the National Theatre with tickets being sold at Koala (Osu), the National Theatre, Citi FM, Joy FM and Baatsonaa Total.

Thank God for Idiots

Thank God for Idiots

The play will be staged on 22 and 28 September at 4PM and 8PM on each of those two days. If you follow this page, then you would know that 22 September is a full day of literary activities in Accra. The Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival (GAWBOFEST) – from 8AM to 5PM- is on the same day with Writer Erections Reloaded (at the College of Surgeons and Physicians starting at 5PM).

So well, go have some literary fun. And as always, if you enjoyed yourself, let us know in the comments.