We are delighted to announce the longlist for the FT / OppenheimerFunds Emerging

Voices Awards, which recognise extraordinary artistic talent across more than 100

emerging market nations. 


• Adriana Maria Beatriz Carambia, Argentina 

• Cássio Vasconcellos, Brazil 

• Cecilia Monteverde, Argentina

• Cristina Planas, Peru

• Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda, Mexico 

• Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Colombia 

• Hugo Arquímedes Carrillo García, Mexico 

• Marcela Ramirez-Aza, Colombia 

• Pablo Mora Ortega, Colombia 

• Sebastian Castañeda, Peru


• Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett, Chatto & Windus, Nigeria

• Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol by Elias Khoury, Maclehose Press, Lebanon

• Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Granta Books, Kenya

• It Might Get Loud by Ingrid Winterbach, Human & Rousseau, South Africa

• Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga, Archipelago Books, Rwanda

• The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah, Faber & Faber, Zimbabwe

• The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, Pushkin Press, Nigeria

• The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, Oneworld Publications, Algeria

• The Texture of Shadows by Mandla Langa, Picador Africa, South Africa

• Women of Karantina by Nael Eltoukhy, The American University in Cairo Press, Egypt

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The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Morland Writing   Scholarships for African writers will open for entries on Monday 15th June. The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2015. Please go to the Foundation website to see the terms of the Scholarships: www.milesmorlandfoundation.com

The Financial Times - OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards will recognise the most inventive and creative fiction writers, film-makers and artists from emerging market countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America or the Caribbean.


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 Culled from http://www.hallmarknews.com

Lola Shoneyin

Nigerian writer Lola Shoneyin has said Nigeria needs to beef up her visa processing to enable foreigners come into the country. She said this at a Press briefing for this year’s Ake Books and Arts festival. She complained of how foreigners who have good intention coming into Nigeria find it difficult to get visas. According to her one of last year’s guests couldn’t get a visa to come to Nigeria to participate in the programme and this year some authors are complaining about how challenging it is to get a Nigerian Visa.

One of Africa’s largest literary events, the Ake Arts and Book Festival, will run over five days from 18th-22nd November in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. The theme of Ake’s second ever festival is ‘Bridges and Pathways’, with discussions focusing on ‘building bridges between Africa peoples, especially along language, ethnic and gender lines, and charting new paths with the aim of creating synergy and cultural cross fertilisation on the African continent.’
The exciting line up includes several writers who have been part of the Caine Prize journey over the years, including Caine Prize Patron, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka; three Prize winners, Binyavanga Wainaina (2002), Olufemi Terry (2010) and Rotimi Babatunde (2013); three shortlisters, Florent Couao-Zotti (2002), Mukoma Wa Ngugi (2009) and Abubakar Ibrahim (2013); and several workshop participants, including Ayodele Morocco-Clarke (2011), Bryony Rheam (2014) and Clifton Gachagua (2014); and former judge, Bernardine Evaristo (2012). Caine Prize Director Lizzy Attree will also feature in the programme, in the panel discussion entitled “What are publishers looking for?”
The festival will involve 13 panel discussions with stimulating topics ranging from "Writing Back/Writing Forward: Representations of Africa in New Fiction”, chaired by Lizzy Attree, to “Slave Narratives and the Burden of Memory,” featuring the Jamaican poet Kei Miller, who has recently won the prestigious Forward Prize for the best poetry collection of 2014, for The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way To Zion, based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a Rasta-man who queries his project.
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The Jamaican poet Kei Miller has won the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014 for his “standout” book based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a “Rasta-man” who queries his project.

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way To Zion took the £10,000 prize, with judges relishing Miller’s ability to “defy expectations” and “set up oppositions only to undermine them”.

Miller, 35, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and financed his studies at Manchester Metropolitan University by winning poetry slams, currently teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway college, University of London.

The collection features a mapmaker who speaks the Queen’s English but sucks his teeth like a Jamaican, and a “Rasta-man” with a PhD who believes “the mapmaker’s work is to make visible/ all them things that shoulda never exist in the first place/ like the conquest of pirates, like borders/ like the viral spread of governments”.

The chair of the judges, the historian and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, said: “Kei is doing something you don’t come across often: this is a beautifully voiced collection which struck us all with its boldness and wit. Many poets refer to multiple realities, different ways of observing the world. Kei doesn’t just refer, he articulates them”.

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