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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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.

South African Poet Phillippa Ya de Villiers Reads on the Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana presents Phillippa Yaa de Villiers as author for the month of April on the Ghana Voices Series at the Goethe Institut, Cantonments.

The hour reading with de Villiers will take place Wednesday, 29th April 2015, at the serene atmosphere at the Goethe Institut, from 7PM. The reading is a free event, open to the public and will feature a series of readings and performances from de Villiers.

Speaking on the flagship radio literary show on Sunday, 26th April, Martin Egblewogbe, host of the Writers Project on Citi FM, indicated that the Ghana Voices Series, which is mainly an event for novelists and short story writers, was “featuring a major poet for the first time since the reading series began some five years ago”.

Phillippa (left) with Ghanaian poet Delalorm Semabia Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

Phillippa (left) with Ghanaian poet Delalorm Semabia
Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

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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

Vocal Portraits II: Kente Locution Released!

When Vocal Portrait I was released, it was the cover design that appealed to most people before they were able to listen to the multiverse from a plethora of Ghanaian poets, as well us two Europeans and one African American.

Vocal Portraits I. Credit: Ian Quhachi

Spotting what looked at first like tossed colours from the brush of a painter, the impressive cover credit goes to one Ian Quahchi.

The eclectic collection of poems featured Michael Somuah Jesse, Edith Ndabi, Laud de Poet, Mariska Taylor Darko, Rhymesonny, Jude Edze, Yom_Writer_Poet, Kwaku Rap, Chief Moomen, Shark Mellon; and the guy who put it all together, Kwame Write. The two European poets were Aqua Stuzenaite and Anastasia Karklina; and the African American poet, Tiffany Howard. The collection had 20 poems on it.

The latest collection, titled Vocal Portraits II, continues in the tradition of the first: painting the Ghanaian landscape with the voices of some of its most forceful young men and women. Whether it is the elusive and intransigent voice of Poetra Ama Asantewa, or the mad rantings of Jahwi, or the lyrical pace of Akwapim Twi from Achibold Acheampong; or is it the cunning sense of the Ghanaian-Malagasy poet Crystal Tettey or the playfulness of Kojo Deynoo? Vocal Portraits II will surely make its mark as it weaves around the kente like it is supposed to. Nii Ayi Solomon, Afurakan, Lauren Goodwin, Mizan the Poet, Kwame Write, Sedi, Uniq Sistar, Sailor, Eden all make their mark.

Design by Cecile Johanet. On Twitter: @cecilejohanet

Copies will be available at Koala in Osu and at Silverbirds as well. Some of the poems will also be uploaded to online platforms soon; but, rest assured, you can grab your copy at any of the many many poetry shows around town, from EHALAKASA at the Nubuke Foundation to RainMakers at Cafe Dez Amis.

The Spoken Word scene in Ghana has grown steadily over the past 8 years, alongside the mainstream poetry and other literary events. A great feature of spoken word poetry in Ghana is the emergence of recorded poetry (oftentimes with musical accompaniment). From the earliest times of Nii Lantey’s poetry CD to the single recorded spoken word from Mutombo, Mamacita among others, the form has taken shape.

Certainly, none of this would have been possible without the work of many writers who kept the faintest flame alive during the dark times of poetry in Ghana. Open Air Theatre, the Sunday weekly writers programme on Citi FM, created the platform for the earliest of the Spoken Word artists. Then finding a space at the Nubuke Foundation from around 2009-2010 was groundbreaking. If for nothing at all, more spaces must be created nationwide. No one group should feel crowded out. And if that feeling creeps in, you do what writers do: create. Perhaps it is time to interrogate the quality of work and to direct efforts at improving it. Here is to Vocal Portraits II!

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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