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”.

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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.

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

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.”

Use Easy Taxi Twice and Get One Free: Where Are The Literary Events?

The e-taxi service, Easy Taxi Ghana is running a promotion this week that could ease your transport cost and troubles if you take advantage. Beginning this Monday and running through the entire week, Easy Taxi will pay the fare on your third taxi if you use the service twice within the week!

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Easy Taxi is largely a taxi service that allows you to request a taxi from your mobile device – phone or tab – only by downloading the app from the AppStore (iOS) or the Android marketplace, registering and launching the app. Your phone must have the GPS on in order for you to be able to locate the nearest taxi to you and for the taxi to find you on the map.

Now, how can you take advantage of something like this? Well, as a Ghanaian literary news blog, what concerns us is how you can go to that literary programme in comfort and ease. This Saturday, the Gird Center is beginning its Writing Camp and is a good way to get a free ride or try out the e-taxi service.

Do you know of any other literary events this week in Accra? Let us know in the comments!

Interview with Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Author Kwame Aidoo

This is second in our series of interviews with some Ghanaians on the longlist of the Golden Baobab Prize announced recently. Kwame Aidoo (KA), popularly known as Kwame Write, is famous for his poetry and street name within the spoken word community in Ghana. This time, he has broken the stereotype by making the list.

CWG: How did you hear about the Prize and why did you decide to enter this particular category?
Kwame Write and Deborah Ahenkorah on Writers Project on Citi fm

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KA: I remember hearing Deborah Ahenkorah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Golden Baobab talk about the prizes on Citi FM’s Writers Project Ghana radio show, and also on social media, especially twitter. I followed on to the website where I read more about how it functions. I actually wrote for all the categories and even entered the Illustrations category, except Rising Writers category, of course.

CWG: How did you receive the news about the longlist, where were you and how did you feel?

KA: Truth is, the Golden Baobab team sent me an e-mail about it and I was really excited. I was working from home, and I was actually shocked because I didn’t think I would make the longlist. I put in as much time as I do with some of my poems. I only attempted entering when the deadline was almost up, typed it out quickly in about an hour or two when the creative juice flowed, edited briskly and hit send. The media buzz about it; radio, Internet, newspaper and having friends and admirers call from all over adds to the honour and I must say I am very humbled.

CWG: Is this your first time making a Longlist? What are you writing at the moment?

KA: For children’s literature, this is the first time I’m making a longlist. I usually don’t work on just one item in a day. I attend to one writing at a time and give it as much focus and move to another, usually of a different genre depending on priority, deadline, drive or creative buzz. At the moment, of course I am working on more children’s literature and some may evolve into animations in the near future. I am, as well, putting together some works for a personal audio recording project under the auspices of Inkfluent (producers of Vocal Portraits spoken word series in conjunction with Akwaaba Music). Also, I am doing some music journalism for the Music in Africa project for Goethe South Africa. My debut anthology and a mini ‘zine’ that projects the Ghanaian street art and music trend as well as lifestyle of the popular not forgetting the underlying grapevine groove are also in the works.

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CWG: In the past prizes, very few Ghanaians have made the Longlist. Are you confident you’ll make the shortlist?

KA: Yes, I am confident, because my work “The Tale of the Busy Body Bee” has the African folklore/storytelling touch and is carved out for the target age group.

 

CWG: Thank you for making the Writing community in Ghana proud. Any final words?

KA: I’m excited to be part of the writers making the longlist. Golden Baobab in its 6th year is ever passionate about putting blue-ribbons in the hats of African writers and illustrators of children’s stories. These are seeds being sown for this generation and progeny. I would say, particularly to fellow writers and the youth that we are unrestricted in any way to dream big but realistically; make focused plans, especially with our community in mind, achieve them and repeat the cycle.