March 21, 2010

The BookJam @ Silverbird - Second Edition

“The BookJam @ Silverbird” is a series of once-monthly literary events. Each event consists of book readings, discussions, literary performances, book signings and a raffle draw.

The Bookjam is hosted by A. Igoni Barrett and the Silverbird Lifestyle store. The second edition of “The BookJam @ Silverbird” will hold between 3 to 5 pm on Saturday 27 March 2010, at the Silverbird Lifestyle store, Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos. The guest writers are:

He is the author of several books, including Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka? and Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa & Other Essays. He was formerly editor of the Heinemann African Writers’ Series and Africa editor of Index on Censorship. He lives in Lagos, where he runs Yemaja, an editorial services agency.

She is the author of Eko Dialogue, a collection of short stories about Lagos. She has worked as a copywriter and screenwriter and has held various editorial positions in several magazines, including TW and Genevieve. She is writing her second book and also working on a biography of Rita Dominic, the Nollywood actress.

He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and had his first book, Say You’re One of Them, published in 2008. Say You're One of Them won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) in 2009 and was an Oprah Book Club pick in the same year.

Admission to the BookJam is free. Members of the audience who purchase books during the event stand a chance to win a special prize in a raffle draw. For more information send an email to

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March 11, 2010

Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from May 20 to May 29 2010. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers who will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie are the Caine Prize Winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, Chika Unigwe winner of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing, South African writer Niq Mhlongo and celebrated Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo.

The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

To apply, send an e-mail to

Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application.’

The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample must be either fiction or non-fiction.

All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please Do NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified. Deadline for submissions is April 22 2010. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by May 6 2010. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop.

Okey Adichie
Programme Officer
Farafina Trust

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