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.

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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 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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Ghana Voices Series Hosts Empi Baryeh as Writer for March

Following a long break since November 2013, Ghana’s most consistent evening book reading programme, the Ghana Voices Series, makes a return this March, with romantic fiction writer, Empi Baryeh.

Author, EMpi Baryeh

Author, EMpi Baryeh

Empi Baryeh published her first novel, Most Eligible Bachelor, in 2012 and followed it with another multicultural romance novel, Chancing Faith, in the same year. According to the website of the Writers Project of Ghana, she is working on sequels for both books.

Baryeh will be reading from Chancing Faith and probably from her unfinished sequels. The last time a writer in the category of Baryeh read on Ghana Voices Series was in July 2013 when US resident Nana Malone read to a full gathering.

The reading is organised by the Writers Project of Ghana in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. The reading will take place at the Goethe Institute, starting at 7PM and running for an hour. As usual, copies of the books will be made available so carry some cash along.

The reading offers an opportunity to interact with the author in a serene atmosphere. Make a date on your calendar. Admittance is free.

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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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Malaka Grant is Author of the Month at Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute present Ghanaian-American writer, Malaka Grant, as guest writer for the regular monthly reading series, Ghana Voices Series. The event comes off at the Goethe Institute in Cantonments, Accra (near NAFTI) on 27 November, 2013 from 7 PM – 8 PM.

Malaka’s first novel, The Daughters of Swallows (CreateSpace, 2013), is a fictional account of three women in Ghana who struggle with desire, ability, and promise in their lives. The author wrote this novel with the intention to “spark conversation and provoke thought, and… have people look at African women and their experiences in a wider [focus]…”.

The reading is the last for the calendar year and will return next year in March 2014. From all indications, it is also the last free, public book reading you will get in Ghana for 2013. The event starts on time so please endeavour to be there on time. The novel, The Daughters of Swallows will be available for sale at the reading as well. It is also available on amazon.

Malaka Grant is author of Daughters of Swallows

Malaka Grant is author of Daughters of Swallows

 

Award-winning Author Sefi Atta Reads on Ghana Voices Series

Award-winning novelist and playwright, Sefi Atta, is the writer for the month September on the monthly book reading series, Ghana Voices Series.

imageSefi Atta received the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

The reading, which is scheduled for 25 September 2013, will see the acclaimed Nigerian author read from her works and take comments and questions from the audience.

The reading will start exactly at 7PM and will last an hour. Books by Sefi Atta, including Everything Good Will Come, will be available for purchase. Admittance for the reading is free and open to the public.

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading programme for mainly Ghanaian writers, organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, and in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, Accra.