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This week’s podcast, repurposed from the Thursday, November 12 livestream, features Maaza Mengiste and Antje Rávik Strubel. The podcast is a production by James Murua Literary in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office. This is the second part of the podcast. Enjoy…
 
Welcome to episode 20 of the James Murua Literary Podcast. This week’s podcast, repurposed from the Thursday, November 12 Livestream, features Maaza Mengiste and Antje Rávik Strubel. The podcast is a production by James Murua Literary in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office. Enjoy…
 
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist who has written the short story collection "The Whispering Trees" and the award-winning novel "Season of Crimson Blossoms." In this podcast, we talk about his newest short story collection "Dreams and Assorted Nightmares" forthcoming from Masobe Books and publishing in Nigeria,…
 
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist who has written the short story collection "The Whispering Trees" and the award-winning novel "Season of Crimson Blossoms." In this podcast, we talk about his newest short story collection "Dreams and Assorted Nightmares" forthcoming from Masobe Books and publishing in Nigeria,…
 
Ayesha Harruna Attah is a Ghanaian-born Senegal-based writer of the books Harmattan Rain (2008), Saturday's Shadow (2015), and The Hundred Wells of Salaga (2015). Ayesha's newest title "The Deep Blue Between," which was published on October 15, 2020, is a Young Adult offering that could be considered a sequel to The Hundred Wells of Salaga. In this…
 
Peter Kimani is an award-winning Kenyan author and journalist. He works across a broad spectrum of genres, from fiction to non-fiction, poetry, and plays. His latest novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, was published in New York in February 2017, to great critical acclaim. It’s a New York Times Editors’ Choice, among other accolades. On this podcast, we …
 
Chimeka Garricks is a lawyer, editor, and ghost copywriter. His fiction includes the acclaimed novel, Tomorrow Died Yesterday and the collection of short stories, A Broken People’s Playlist. The collection which he wrote with the aid of music while trying to avoid working on another novel is coming in June. The Lagos-based writer shared with us why…
 
Joe Khamisi has had a long history of public service in Kenya. For many years he worked as a journalist before transitioning into civil service and then parliament. When his legislative career ended, he wrote the nonfiction titles The Politics of Betrayal: Diary of a Kenyan Legislator (2011), Dash Before Dusk: A Slave Descendant’s Journey In Freedo…
 
The African Literary Podcast, sponsored by Nairobi-based Prestige Books, interviews Kenyan novelist Makena Maganjo. A few weeks ago, Makena Maganjo’s debut novel South B’s finest about life in a Nairobi estate over a few decades launched at the Goethe-Institut. The book has since gotten rave reviews from a writer very few had heard about before the…
 
Lauren Beukes is the author of the books Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa's Past (2004), Moxyland (2008), Zoo City(2010), The Shining Girls (2013), Broken Monsters (2014), and Motherland (2019). Her comics include The Wonder Woman, All The Survivors Club, The Pretty Ponies, and The Hidden Kingdom. She has won many awards for her writ…
 
In Episode 12, we interview with Kenyan writer of fiction for all ages Kinyanjui Kombani. Kombani has two novels in The Last Villains of Molo and Den of Inequities has written several books for children and young adults. In this interview conducted at the beginning of the year, Kombani speaks about his career so far, why Kenyan fiction hasn’t been …
 
This is an exclusive interview with Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor conducted in a little café by Lavington Mall, Nairobi. She talks about her relationship with the late great Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, the China that she writes about in her book The Dragonfly Sea. She also shares some of her favourite women writers. We would like to …
 
Welcome to African Literary Podcast Episode 10 where we give you news from the African literary scene. As we have done previously, we look at new books to check out, news from the awards scene, literary festivals, and callouts for writers.
 
South African writer Mohale Mashigo talks about her work on her novel The Yearning, how she got to work on South Africa’s first comic superhero Kwezi, writing a book from a movie as well as a few writers she recommends.
 
In Episode 8, we give you the lecture that was given by author, poet, and scholar Mukoma Wa Ngugi at St Paul's University in Limuru on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The address was on the relationship between Africans and African Americans.
 
Welcome to the African Literary Podcast Episode 6. In this episode, we talk about the winners and shortlists of a series of literary prizes that Africans are eligible in. They include the Caine Prize for African Writing, Short Story Day Africa, Brunel African Poetry Prize, Dylan Thomas Prize, Africana Book Award, South Africa’s The Sunday Times Lit…
 
Sierra Leone novelist, short story writer and academic Pede Hollist speaks about his book So The Path Does Not Die with a focus on how he breathed life into a female character as a man, researching on the American Dream, his membership of the African Literature Association and how the organisation helps African letters. He gives his impression of t…
 
Interview with Zambian writer Kafula Mwila on the sidelines of the Time of the Writer 2018 in Durban, South Africa. Kafula is writer of Kafula’s Essentials a short story collection, "Deflowered" a novel and "Growing; The Beginning of journey to success" a motivational book. She talks about the nascent Zambia literary scene, her writing and how to g…
 
I speak about the Graywolf Press Africa Prize 2018, Hugo Awards, Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2018, The Sunday Times Literary Awards 2018, and the California Book Award 2018. We also preview very cool books to put on your reading list this month.
 
James Murua interviews Angela Makholwa on her books "Red Ink", "The Thirtieth Candle," "The Black Widows Society" which might soon be on a movie theatre near you and lastly "The Blessed Girl."
 
Welcome to Episode 3. Thank you everyone for liking and sharing the podcast on all social media platforms so far. Just like in previous episodes, I’ll start with the news section followed by an interview with Barbados/Nigeria/South Africa writer Yewande Omotoso from the side lines of Time of the Writer 2018. This will be followed by this week’s boo…
 
We interview Time of a Writer official Chipo Zhou, review "A General Theory Of Oblivion" by Angolan writer Jose Eduardo Agualusa and give news from literary festivals like Time of the Writer 2018, Hargeysa Book Fair and more. You can read the full podcast notes at the following address: http://www.jamesmurua.com/african-literary-podcast-episode-2/…
 
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