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.

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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.

Dumsor Dumsor, a Play

When you live in a country where the rationing of electricity can be frequent at certain times within the year; or when the situation seems to be under control and you are starting to enjoy your fully-powered gadgets, you are reminded you are not alone; you tend to make a joke of the mess.

The play Dumsor Dumsor is one such play, reflecting the ongoing power crisis in Ghana in a creative way. The original play is by Peter Shaffer and has been adapted by Bright Jefferson Djangmah. A comedy, the play is directed by Kobina Hagan. Hagan also directed the play “It Runs in the Family”.

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It’s on stage at the Efua Sutherland Drama Studio at the University of Ghana from Thursday, 4 December through to Saturday December. It costs only GhS10 to get into the theatre.

The play will be performed at the Ashesi University on Thursday, 11 December 2014 as well.

Legon International Poetry Festival Starts Today

The Legon International Poetry Festival, a poetry programme hosted on the University of Ghana campus is underway at the moment.

Earlier today, the festival commenced with a workshop on poetry at the Maison Francaise building at Legon. The workshop attracted several students, poets, and writing icons including Attuquaye Okai and Kofi Anyidoho. We also spotted Dr Dzregah, a lecturer at the Department of English at the University of Ghana.

Later tonight, there is a poetry performance. You should pass by if you can.

Ghana Voices Series Presents Dr Samuel Duh as Author for October

The Writers Project of Ghana, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, wishes to invite you to their regular monthly reading series at the Goethe Institute in Accra, dubbed the Ghana Voices Series, as they present the Ghanaian physician and novelist Dr. Samuel Duh as author for the evening reading, on 29 October 2014.

Samuel Duh was born at Domeabra, Asante Akyen, in Ghana. He left Ghana when he was a teenager in 1971 for the United States, and completed secondary school at Mainland Senior High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. He then pursued further education in science and medicine, obtaining a BSc degree in Biology at Duke University; MSc in Microbiology at North Carolina Central University; MD in Medicine at University of North Carolina Medical School; and MPH in Epidemiology at University of Oklahoma.

Dr Samuel Duh

Dr Samuel Duh

Dr. Duh has published widely in leading medical journals and is the author of several books. However, his first novel, One More Time, was published in 1991, and his latest novel, God is too Busy, was published in 2013, last year. He has done very little public readings of his works and this is definitely a big opportunity to catch up with the author in a rather relaxed atmosphere.

Dr. Duh worked in several clinical and public health establishments in several states in the USA and returned to Ghana in 2001 to work for CARE International as HIV/AIDS and Health Advisor for Ghana, Togo, and Benin. He is currently the Country Director for Global Health Systems Solutions in Ghana.

The reading will start exactly at 7pm and will go on for an hour featuring readings and audience interactions. It is FREE and open to the public so bring along a friend or two. The Goethe Institute is at 30 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments (near NAFTI).

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