Friday, 16 August 2013

Creative writers to get a dose of Limpopo

 Hit making singer KCee, is billed to headline this year’s Literary Evening as the 2013 edition of the Creative Writing Workshop sponsored by Nigerian Breweries draws to a close on August 16 2013 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event, facilitated by one of Nigeria’s most celebrated writers Chimamanda Adichie, and Farafina Trust would bring together some of the world’s greatest writers from Nigeria and overseas in an exciting evening of book reading and fun.

Other writers event at the event include Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina; who in July 2002 won the Caine Prize for his short story "Discovering Home". He is the founding Editor of Kwani, the first literary magazine in East Africa since Transition Magazine. Binyavanga is currently a Bard Fellow and the director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages at Bard College.

Aslak Sira Myhre; a Norwegian politician and former party leader of Red Electoral 
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Alliance (RV) who left politics to become an executive director of Iles, an association aimed at stimulating children and youth to read more. He is the director for the House of Literature in Oslo, which opened in 2007, which is Europe’s largest and has more than 250,000 visits annually.

Also attending Eghosa Imasuen; a Nigerian writer and medical doctor and author of “Fine Boys”. Eghosa’s  first novel “To Saint Patrick” was published by Farafina in 2008.

The workshop began in 2009 and its 10-day intensive classes see participants assigned a wide range of reading and daily writing exercises aimed at helping Nigerian writers improve their craft. The aim, as the organizers have strongly reiterated, is to encourage budding writers to embrace new and refreshing perspectives in the art of storytelling.

Binyavanga Wainana, who in 2007 declined the World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader” award given to people for “their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world” has been part of the workshop since 2009. Other writers who have participated in the workshop and Literary Evening include Jeffery Renard Allen, Robert Spillman, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Chika Ike.

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