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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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!

The Gird Center Writing Camp

The Gird Centre is hosting a Gird Writing Camp (Info Pack PDF) starting Saturday, 18 October 2014, geared at supporting writers in Ghana and developing their skill as writers. The Writing Camp, which is a two-tiered programme, will feature a full day intensive seminar for the participants and a month-long interactive package that puts the participants in contact with an array of experts from different fields of writing.

Unlike many other writing workshops, the Writing Camp is bringing together creative writing and technical writing. So, if you are a business, or you are into the writing of proposals, reports and that kind of work, there is a month-long programme that will support you. How often do you get tutoring from an accomplished writer like Ama Ata Aidoo? If you are a student, whether you are just starting a postgraduate programme or you are nearing the end of your four-year degree course, you want in on the Academic writing side of the Writing Camp that will put you in touch with Prof. Helen Yitah of the Department of English at the University of Ghana, for example.

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The Writing Camp is promising that each session will be led by an experienced writer, who will be joined by some visiting experts, to interact with the participants and work with them on the various aspects of the writing process under the three categories of Creative, Academic and Business writing. Perhaps, if you are into business writing, this will be a good time to mention it to your boss. He or she might sponsor you!

Visit the Gird Center website or call 020 715 2656 or email info@girdcenter.org

We suggest you hurry since the programmes starts this Saturday, 18 October 2014.

An Interview with Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Author Portia Dery

Hello Everyone. As you may be aware, we are publishing a five-question interview with Ghanaians on the longlist of the Golden Baobab Prize. Today, we feature Portia Dery. Portia is a social entrepreneur and blogs at portiadery.wordpress.com
Her works have been published by the UK poetry library, Artsbeat Afrika’s first anthology, Ayiba magazine; and the Young Journalists and Writers(YJAW) platform. Portia is also the founder of the African Youth Writers Organization (AYWO), which seeks to lure children to read and write by grooming them in an incubator programme for a specific period of time.

We asked her the usual dosage of 5 questions on makkng it on to the longlist!

CWG: How did you hear about the Prize and why did you decide to enter this particular category?

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PD: I heard of the golden baobab prize via face book. In fact to be honest I have been following the activities of golden baobab and eventually fell in love with its whole idea of stimulating the imagination of children through beautiful African stories. Why I decided to write for the picture category was because I love kids but I adore them most when they are nine and below! So I thought the better way to show them love was to write for them.

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

PD: Wow good question! It was almost 10pm (in Gushegu, a district in Tamale where I work) and I was yet to check my email for the day. As soon as I saw congratulations Portia, I froze on my bed and then I took a deep breathe, eventually I went back to the mail, and then it dawn on me that I had been longlisted. Since I was alone in my room, I only had my walls to share the good news and so I shouted THANK YOU JESUS!

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

PD: Indeed it is! I am currently working on some short stories, rewriting and editing a collection of poems.

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

PD: Nothing is impossible! In any case I have nothing to lose by hoping. Indeed with my faith in God , I know something great is on the way. By the way congratulations to the other longlisted writers, especially the Ghanaians!

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

PD: Yes. I would like to tell young writers out there…especially you who have worked so hard that they should write and write because someday, somehow everything would fall in place. I thank Deborah for her golden baobab. She has indeed dared to put her passion in action. I encourage all writers/readers/literary platforms to partner with each other, for it is only when we join forces that African literature can grow. I am also looking forward to partner my project called the African youth writers organization-AYWO with other literary platforms to lure children to read and write. And thank you so much creative writing Ghana for promoting African literature!

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.

 

Interview with Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Author Ricky Ansong

This week, we will publish short interviews with some of the Ghanaian authors on the Golden Baobab Prize longlist released a few weeks ago. It is our hope that this introduces the authors to you. As this is only the longlist, we are not looking to pose probing questions, but rather intend the questions to be quite cursory in their outlook.

Today, we start with Ricky Ansong, a young Ghanaian writer and author of Koryor and the Sea. We (CWG) started by asking Ricky how he heard about the prize and why he decided to send in his entry.

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Ricky Ansong

Ricky Ansong (RA): I heard about the Prize through Twitter. I decided to enter this category because I love writing for children and I wanted validation from Golden Baobab. I wanted to know if what I wrote for children was good enough.

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

RA:I received the news about the longlist through an email. I was then at the Vodafone Café at Cantoments. I felt like my heart would explode. I had to take a walk around the compound to calm my racing heart.

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

RA: Yes, this is my first time making a longlist. I am working on a young adult novel currently.

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

RA:Yes, I’m confident I will make the shorlist.

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

RA:I would like to thank everyone at Golden Baobab for this opportunity. To the other writers in the competition, I say “congratulations”.