An African Literary Blog by Brittle Paper is a literary project designed to adapt African literary culture to this new reality. It is a Fresh and provocative take on African writing and literary culture.
You liked the tease of an open door drawing you in To the rumour of something less complicated than a guess And more simple than a flower’s arithmetic poise. You gave in to the surprise of bustling conversations Opening into bottled laughter and stifled chatter; The room is imploding with smell of ripe wine […]
In the era of #metoo and #timesup, we are, more than ever before, in need of writing that deepens our understanding of feminism and the female experience. Women writers are stepping up to the task, spearheading all kinds of literary projects centered on exploring all the complexities of gender inequality while proposing strategies for resistance […]
Feyisayo Anjorin’s new novel Kasali’s Africa has a book trailer. A book trailer does what a film trailer does: offer the reader visual engagement with, or a visual representation of, the book’s story. The book trailer came about as a clever marketing and publicity tactic to hook readers and potential book buyers. In these ones […]
Last month, the Nigerian-German novelist Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing, curated a star-studded festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, held from 26–28 April at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, was themed “Writing in Migration” and was presented by the literary agency InterKontinental. It was sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Berlin’s Senate Department for […]
Right after the Brunel International African Poetry Prize released its 2018 shortlist, a friend walked into my Facebook inbox to express concerns. The decision of the judges had become “more political and commercialized,” he said, adding that this in itself was not bad but had become indefensible with the poor craft of most of this […]
Poets in Nigeria (PIN), which runs the Nigerian Students’ Poetry Prize (NSPP), will be holding its 2018 Awards Ceremony at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, on 24 May 2018. The university is the sponsor of the 2018 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. In an email to Brittle Paper, PIN president Eriata Oribhabor explained that the 2018 Nigerian […]
The shortlist for the 2018 Caine Prize has been announced. The Caine Prize is awarded to the best 3,000-10,000-word short story by an African writer. The 2017 prize was awarded to Sudanese poet Bushra al-Fadil for his “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away.” Here are the five writers, their shortlisted stories, and the magazines […]
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the 2018 recipient of the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. He won the Award for his report in Granta titled “All That Was Familiar.” Brittle Paper covered the publication of the story in May 2017. It focuses on the lives of women who, after being kidnapped by Boko […]
Lagos: city of myth. A sprawling megalopolis, home to 21 million souls and 21 million stories. Contemporary Nigerian fiction returns often to the city as a place for inspiration, but genre crime remains the best lens for interrogating urban locales. The crime writer is attracted to the underbelly, places far from the tourist trail, the […]
See the Eastern Bluebirds, that have known far wintering grounds. Their orange-breasted dance and alert posture in the trees with fruits. The Yellow orchids that spring at the base of these trees, an applause of colors to the birds, that they find a way to stay alive. It’s May, and I, too, have found a […]
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