14th June, 2018
Lovely new cover for The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso.
16th April, 2018
Congratulations to Yvonne Battle-Felton whose novel ‘Remembered’ will be published by Dialogue Books in 2019.
Delighted to be one of the judges for the Guardian 4th Estate Short Story Prize. Look forward to reading the stories!
29th January, 2018
Look out for Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso icon by Anthony Joseph. Out from Peepal Tree Press on 21st June to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in the UK.
16th December, 2017
Great news for 2018! Can’t wait for this new anthology from Margaret Busby, and delighted that Irenosen Okojie and Yewande Omotoso will feature in ‘New Daughters of Africa’.
17th November, 2017
Congratulations to Ilmar Taska and translator Jouko Vanhanen. ‘Pobeda 1946 – A Car Called Victory’ has been nominated for the Jarl Hellemann Prize for best translated novel into Finnish.
6th November, 2017
Congratulations to Yewande Omotoso whose novel ‘The Woman Next Door’ has been longlisted for the 2018 Dublin Lit Award.
9th October, 2017
Congratulations to Stephanie Victoire who has been shortlisted for the Rising Star award.
27th September, 2017
Congratulations to Yewande Omotoso! ‘The Woman Next Door’ has been chosen as one of the National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads for 2017! Published by Picador USA.
18th September, 2017
Memento Mori by Stephanie Victoire is one of the five new stories accompanying the shortlist. Friday, 22nd. Do listen!
12th July, 2017
Delighted to welcome Yvonne Battle-Felton to the agency.
10th July, 2017
Many congratulations to Yewande Omotoso who is shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing.
Carol Morley loves ‘the language and surprises’ in Irenosen Okojie’s collection Speak Gigantular.
3rd july, 2017
Delighted to have been part of the Northern Writers’ Awards.
20th June, 2017
Delighted to announce this news! The agency has entered an association with CaskieMushens.
13th June, 2017
Many congratulations to Irenosen Okojie! “Speak Gigantular explores the surreal and sometimes comic aspects of contemporary experience”
14th April, 2017
Great to have been part of the 2017 Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop in Tanzania.
20th March, 2017
‘Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie and ‘The Other World, It Whispers’ by Stephanie Victoire are longlisted for the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Many congratulations to them!
8th March, 2017
‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso is longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
27th September, 2016
Ten things to do at Henley Literary Festival. No 10 – learn from top writers including Irenosen Okojie. 2nd October at 5pm.
24th September, 2016
French edition of Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier available for pre-order on Amazon.
— Vanessa Bolosier (@vanessabolosier) September 24, 2016
20th September, 2016
Good piece by Ilmar Taska for Versopolis, City Essay Series: Tallin
27th August, 2016
Join Irenosen Okojie and Tahar Ben Jelloun for their event at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Sunday, 28th August at 12.30pm.
26th August, 2016
Great to see ‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso on Elle UK magazine’s list of Destination Reads.
22nd August, 2016
Yewande Omotoso at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
10th August, 2016
Many congratulations to Zoe Meager who is shortlisted for the 2016 VU Short Story Prize.
8th August, 2016
17th July, 2016
Listen to Yewande Omotoso on ‘The Cultural Frontline’ programme, BBC World Service.
Maire Fisher interviews Yewande Omotoso on GBAS.
27th June, 2016
Lovely review for The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso.
22nd June, 2016
Many congratulations to Irenosen Okojie on winning a 2016 Betty Trask Award for her debut novel Butterfly Fish.
9th June, 2016
Delighted that Irenosen Okojie and Yewande Omotoso will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival on the 28th and 22nd August respectively.
1st June, 2016
Many congratulations to Irenosen Okojie who has been shortlisted for the 2016 Betty Trask Prize. Delighted!
16th May, 2016
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2016 is The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith.
Podcast for Yewande Omotoso’s interview with Classic FM.
5th May, 2016
Happy Publication Day to Yewande Omotoso whose novel ‘The Woman Next Door’ is out today from Chatto & Windus. So proud! https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1109235/the-woman-next-door/9781784740337/
28th April, 2016
27th April, 2016
Congratulations to Saima Mir who has been longlisted for the Bath Novel Award.
11th April, 2016
Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 shortlist announced.
Lovely piece on learning Yoruba by Yewande Omotoso.
Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier out now in the US and Canada.
4th April, 2016
‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso to be published in the US by Picador USA. Due April 2017. Hurrah!
Delighted to announce that Stephanie Victoire’s short story collection ‘The Other World, It Whispers’ will be published in November by Salt.
31st March, 2016
Congratulations to Jason Howard who is nominated for UK Ethnic Chef of the Year.
24th March, 2016
Early copies of The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. Out in May from Chatto & Windus.
10th March, 2016
The Man Booker International Prize longlist announced.
9th March, 2016
Nice video review of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.
8th March, 2016
The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist announced.
1st March, 2016
Interview with Minoli Salgado at the Galle Literary Festival.
20th February, 2016
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen featured in The Telegraph
19th February, 2016
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen listed in Time Out’s 100 cheap eats.
12th February, 2016
Co-editions of ‘Creole Kitchen’ by Vanessa Bolosier just in from US and Canada, Holland and France.
23rd January, 2016
‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso is on this list of the most exciting books of 2016.
11th January, 2015
Chef Jason Howard is one of the 10 Instagram Accounts You Want to Follow in 2016 https://divinecuisine.recipes/2609-2/
7th January, 2016
Great to see Butterfly Fish by Irenosen Okojie on this list. Top 12 Books by Novelists of Colour Published in 2015
6th January, 2015
Irenosen Okojie along with Patricia Cumper discusses Beloved by Toni Morrison on Woman’s Hour. bbc.in/1Z5sAvE
28th December, 2015
Nice to see Butterfly Fish by Irenosen Okojie on this list.
22nd December, 2015
Kit Caless of Influx Press says he wishes he’d published Irenosen Okojie’s ‘tremendous debut novel’ Butterfly Fish.
21st December, 2015
‘A subtly powerful story about family’. Yewande Omotoso’s story ‘Found Things’ in Kalahari Review.
16th December, 2015
Announcement of 2015 Morland Writing Scholarship Awards.
5th December, 2015
Two great dishes from Vanessa Bolosier in the Guardian’s festive food special.
21st November, 2015
Irenosen Okojie in conversation at the Ake Arts & Book Festival.
17th November, 2015
Delighted to announce that ‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso will be published in Germany in 2017. Dutch and Korean editions forthcoming too!
14th November, 2015
Vanessa Bolosier talking about food and culture at Black Book Swap. #CreoleKitchen
10th November, 2015
Minoli Salgado discusses the importance of Sri Lanka as a setting in her writing.
5th November, 2015
Delighted to announce that Zoe Adjonyoh’s cookery book ‘Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen’ is due for publication by Octopus Books in April 2017.
27th October, 2015
Guest column: ‘Deconstructions of A Woman’ by Irenosen Okojie.
23rd October, 2015
Minoli Salgado will be appearing at the Dhaka Lit Fest on 21st November.
2oth October, 2015
‘Minoli Salgado’s debut novel [is] a beautiful read.’
18th October, 2015
Many congratulations to Minoli Salgado whose novel ‘A Little Dust on the Eyes’ has been longlisted for the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
16th October, 2015
London Short Story Prize shortlist announced.
14th October, 2015
Marlon James wins the Man Booker Prize 2015.
12th October, 2015
Many congratulations to Zoe Meager, runner up in the Story Wine Prize for ‘First fish’.
8th October, 2015
Nice piece by Irenosen Okojie about being a debut author.
7th October, 2015
Delighted to welcome Stephanie Victoire to the agency. For more information about Stephanie, please visit the Authors page.
3rd October, 2015
Congratulations to Zoe Meager who is shortlisted for the 2015 Story Wine Prize.
29th September, 2015
Q and A with Vanessa Bolosier, author of Creole Kitchen.
23rd September, 2015
Irenosen Okojie thinks the BBC should play a greater offline role in communities and public life. Please read and vote for her idea.
22nd September, 2015
The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015 longlist announced.
15th September, 2015
Man Booker Prize shortlist announced.
11th September, 2015
Migrations of the Mind – Irenosen Okojie in conversation with Maaza Mengiste and Jamal Mahjoub at the Southbank Centre on 13th September.
10th September, 2015
Jonathan Tel wins the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
28th August, 2015
Creole Kitchen shares two Caribbean recipes ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival.
14th August, 2015
Guardian first book award 2015 longlist announced.
11th August, 2015
‘Butterfly Fish is a work of contrasts: abstract and concrete; love and loss; African and English; epic and intimate. It is a novel that Okojie hopes everybody will be able to relate to, regardless of where they come from.’
7th August, 2015
In this memoir piece, Akwaeke Emezi chronicles a specific Nigerian childhood with starkness and poetry and truth’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5th August, 2015
‘Creole Kitchen … captures the vibrancy and fun of the Caribbean cuisine which Vanessa Bolosier writes about with such love’.
4th August, 2015
Oonya Kempadoo talks about rendering Caribbean speech in prose, writing Port of Spain as a literary character and tackling the complexity of contemporary Caribbean life in fiction.
30th July, 2015
“African food will be the new black, the new burger. It’s the next big thing,” declares Zoe Adjonyoh.
29th July, 2015
Man Booker Prize announces 2015 longlist.
27th July, 2015
Irenosen Okojie’s novel, Butterfly Fish, tops Buzzfeed’s summer reads list!
16th July, 2015
Irenosen Okojie’s novel, Butterfly Fish, is chosen as a hot summer read in ES magazine.
13th July, 2015
Lovely piece by Akwaeke Emezi on the 2015 Farafina workshop.
Vanessa Bolosier shares her Creole Kitchen culinary delights with The Secret.
12th July, 2015
Butterfly Fish by Irenosen Okojie chosen by Maggie Gee as one of her summer reads.
10th July, 2015
Lovely interview with Vanessa Bolosier.
7th July, 2015
Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier shining out in Waterstones, Kings Road.
6th July, 2015
Namwali Serpell wins 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing.
5th July, 2015
Irenosen Okojie signing copies of Butterfly Fish after the New Nigerian Fiction panel event at the Africa Writes Festival.
4th July, 2015
Caine Prize for African writing: shortlisted writers share their inspirations.
Stop pigeonholing African writers. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/04/taiye-selasi-stop-pigeonholing-african-writers?CMP=share_btn_tw
3rd July, 2015
Vanessa Bolosier gives her twist on the classic Club Sandwich for British Airways magazine. http://theclub.ba.com/july-2015/en/the-club-sandwich/
2nd July, 2015
Lovely window display for Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier at Pavilion Books office. Nice! Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier in the Highlights section of Foyle’s, Tottenham Court Road. Nice interview with Zoe Adjonyoh in The Voice newspaper. http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/chef-serves-ghanaian-cuisine-brixton-pop-restaurant
1st July, 2015
Alison Morrison’s killer jailed for life. As a friend put it, ‘the right ending to a wrong one’. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/alison-morrisons-killer-jailed-life-305357
30th June, 2015
29th June, 2015
Delighted to be judging the London Short Story Prize alongside Jon McGregor and Kevin Barry. http://www.lssf.co.uk/lssp2015/
25th June, 2015
Justice has been done for Alison and we all wept when the verdict was announced. All love and strength to Cedric, Kori and her family. Rest in peace, my dear friend. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/gibbon-convicted-alison-morrison-murder-304973
24th June, 2015
15th June, 2015
Irenosen Okojie will be talking about her debut novel Butterfly Fish at Africa Writes on 5th July. http://africawrites.org/eventsprogramme/new-nigerian-fiction/
11th June, 2015
Snapshots from the publication launch of Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier.
Happy Publication Day to Vanessa Bolosier whose book CREOLE KITCHEN is out now.
9th June, 2015
Akwaeke Emezi is one of the selected participants in the 2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. https://farafinabooks.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/selected-participants-2015-farafina-trust-creative-writing-workshop/ Irenosen Okojie will be in conversation with Ben Okri at the London Short Story Festival on Thursday, 18th June. http://www.lssf.co.uk/irenosen-okojie-will-read-at-an-evening-with-ben-okri/ ‘Permafrost’, atmospheric and poignant short story by Zoe Meager http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2015/06/08/permafrost-fiction-zoe-meager/
3rd June, 2015
Ali Smith wins Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 http://www.thebookseller.com/news/ali-smith-wins-baileys-womens-prize
27th May, 2015
Jenny Erpenbeck wins the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015 http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/independent-foreign-fiction-prize-2015-jenny-erpenbeck-wins-with-work-of-genius-10279714.html
24th May, 2015
Q and A with Zoe Adjonyoh ahead of her appearance on Nigel Slater’s new series ‘Eating Together’ starting 1 June on BBC1. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/may/24/lets-eat-together-cooking-immigration-britain-food
19th May, 2015
Laszlo Krasznahorkai is the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/winner-2015-man-booker-international-prize
12th May, 2015
Zoe Adjonyoh’s guide to Ghanaian food in Red magazine. http://www.redonline.co.uk/food/editors-choice/everything-you-need-to-know-about-ghanaian-food
7th May, 2015
Here’s a taster of Butterfly Fish – Irenosen Okojie’s debut novel which is out in June. http://homeslicemag.com/thing-royalty-2/ Akin interviews Yewande Omotoso on her new book and learning Yoruba. http://raur.co/akinrinmola/256854
1st May, 2015
Regional winners of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize announced. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/2015-commonwealth-short-story-prize-regional-winners/
30th April, 2015
Margaret Busby interview in The T&T Guardian. http://m.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2015-04-29/sharing-our-voices
24th April, 2015
Yiyun Li wins The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/1341/
21st April, 2015
17th April, 2015
12th April, 2015
Delighted to announce that Chatto & Windus has pre-empted world rights to Yewande Omotoso’s new novel ‘The Woman Next Door’. http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/59064/tf
2nd April, 2015
Delighted that Akwaeke Emezi is one of the twelve writers taking part in the Caine Prize workshop this month. http://www.caineprize.com/news_2015_workshops.php
1st April, 2015
2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature shortlist announced. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2015/ocm-bocas-prize-2015-shortlist/
30th March, 2015
Here’s a short clip of Vanessa Bolosier when she appeared on Mel & Sue back in February. Spice Girl Mel C was one of the lucky ones who got to taste her red snapper court bouillon.
24th March, 2015
Man Booker International Prize finalists revealed. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/man-booker-international-prize-finalists-revealed Akhil Sharma wins The Folio Prize for 2015. http://www.thefolioprize.com/2015/03/family-life-by-akhil-sharma-wins-the-folio-prize-2015/
16th March, 2015
Songeziwe Mahlangu wins the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature. http://www.bellanaija.com/2015/03/16/south-african-songeziwe-mahlangu-wins-the-2014-etisalat-prize-for-literature-for-his-story-pen-umbra/
10th March, 2015
2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/10/baileys-womens-prize-for-fiction-longlist-shami-chakrabarti
8th March, 2015
2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist announced. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2015/nine-writers-compete-for-the-2015-ocm-bocas-prize/
16th February, 2015
10th February, 2015
Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier coming out in June. Here’s a taster …
9th February, 2015
Faber and Granta power Folio Prize shortlist. http://thebookseller.com/news/faber-and-granta-power-folio-prize-shortlist
2nd February, 2015
Delighted to welcome Zoe Adjonyoh to the agency. http://elisedillsworthagency.com/?page_id=21 Made in Africa: seven publishers changing the African fiction publishing scene. http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/made-africa-seven-publishers-changing-african-fiction-publishing-scene/
1st February, 2015
Longlist for 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Award announced. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/stefg/
22nd January, 2015
Nice interview with Yewande Omotoso in This is Africa. http://thisisafrica.me/yewande-omotoso-mastering-father-tongue-important/
12th January, 2015
Anthony Joseph discusses the life of Calypso star Lord Kitchener on BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xp15m
5th January, 2015
Irenosen Okojie’s short story ‘Snapper’ featured in new US online magazine Home Slice. http://homeslicemag.com/snapper-short-fiction-irenosen-okojie/ Costa Book Awards winners announced. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/smith-and-macdonald-among-costa-winners
27th December, 2014
Heading the list, BOM BOY by Yewande Omotoso. http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/tia-100-best-books-2010-2014/
21st December, 2014
19th December, 2014
RIP my dear friend. You will be truly missed. Alison Morrison, co-founder of the Diversity in Publishing Network and former Walker Books Marketing Director has died. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/alison-morrison-dies
15th December, 2014
You can now vote for Minoli Salgado’s ‘A Little Dust on the Eyes’ at The People’s Book Prize. This is open to public voting, so please do cast your vote to support this great writer. http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1233
12th December, 2014
Irenosen Okojie tells her story of migration for the Commonwealth Writers blog. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/these-immigrants/
11th December, 2014
2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction: Judges announced. http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/2015-man-booker-prize-fiction-judges-announced
9th December, 2014
Shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 announced. http://prize.etisalat.com.ng/2014-shortlist-announced/
27th November, 2014
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announce 2015 judges. http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/2014/the-baileys-womens-prize-for-fiction-announce-the-2015-judges
26th November, 2014
Many congratulations to Yewande Omotoso who has won a 2014 Morland Writing Scholarship. http://www.milesmorlandfoundation.com/morlandwritingscholarship.html
24th November, 2014
Many congratulations to Robert Antoni who has been longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 for his novel As Flies to Whatless Boys. http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/nominees/
22nd November, 2014
Caine Prize 2015 judging panel announced. http://www.caineprize.com/news_2015_judges.php
18th November, 2014
2014 Costa Book Awards shortlists announced. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookprizes/11238023/2014-Costa-Book-Awards-shortlists-announced.html Applications now open for The Writing Platform Bursary 2015. http://www.thewritingplatform.com/bursary2015/
15th November, 2014
Winners of Short Story Day Africa’s Terra Incognita Short Story Competition Announced. http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2014/11/14/winners-of-short-story-day-africas-terra-incognita-short-story-competition-announced/
14th November, 2014
Caine Prize teams up with Nigeria’s Lantern Books. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/caine-prize-teams-nigerias-lantern-books
1st November, 2014
Many congratulations to Zoe Meager who was highly commended in the Highlands and Islands Short Story Competition. http://www.hissac.co.uk/HC52014
18th October, 2014
Interview with Lizzy Attree, Director of the Caine Prize for African Writing. http://akereview.com/a-prize-is-only-as-good-as-those-who-enter/
14th October, 2014
Richard Flanagan wins the Man Booker Prize 2014. http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/winner-2014-man-booker-prize-fiction Piece by Margaret Busby for Africa39 anthology launch. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/blog-africa-39-margaret-busby/
9th October, 2014
Happy Publication Day to Minoli Salgado. A Little Dust on the Eyes was launched at the Southbank Centre as part of the SI Leeds Literary Prize celebration. ‘An impressive exploration of traumatic loss, done with delicacy’ Romesh Gunesekera http://www.peepaltreepress.com/single_book_display.asp?isbn=9781845232405&au_id=240
4th October, 2014
Many congratulations to Zoe Meager for making it as a semi-finalist in The New Guard Fiction contest.
1st October, 2014
17th September, 2014
BBC National Short Story Award shortlist announced. http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/1
12th September, 2014
Many congratulations to Vanessa Bolosier whose cookbook, Creole Kitchen, has sold to Pavilion Books. It will be published in May 2015. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/pavilion-signs-creole-cookbook.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
10th September, 2014
Man Booker shortlist announced. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/man-booker-shortlist-revealed.html-2
3rd September, 2014
Congratulations to Yewande Omotoso who is one of the winners of the Africa Centre’s Artists in Residency Programme. http://africacentre.net/artists-in-residency-2014/?utm_source=OpenNetworksCRM&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=OpenNetworksCRM
27th August, 2014
Yewande Omotoso will be at the Ba Re E Ne Re Literature Festival, 5-7 September. http://panafricanspacestation.org.za/ba-re-e-ne-re-literature-festival-maseru-september-5-7-2014/
20th August, 2014
Minoli Salgado, winner of the inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize, will be talking about her debut novel, A Little Dust on the Eyes, at the Southbank Centre on 8th October.
17th August, 2014
7th August, 2014
Yewande Omotoso’s affecting story ‘Come Out to Play’ is featured on pp 10-12 of Oddflower magazine.
The anthology Africa 39 will be launched at the Southbank Centre on 12th October. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/africa39-86112
25th July, 2014
Lovely interview with Victoria Butler-Sloss on her exhibition in Cyprus featuring the diary she kept as a teenage girl during the Turkish invasion in 1974.
23rd July, 2014
Man Booker longlist announced.
4th June, 2014
Eimear McBride wins Baileys women’s prize for fiction with first novel. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/04/eimear-mcbride-baileys-womens-prize-for-fiction
14th May, 2014
Regional winners of 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize announced. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/commonwealth-short-story-prize-2013-regional-winners/
27th April, 2014
22nd April, 2014
2014 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist announced. http://www.caineprize.com/news_2014_shortlist.php
16th April, 2014
14th April, 2014
Rise Africa interview with Akwaeke Zara Emezi. http://africaisdonesuffering.com/2014/03/akwaeke-zara-emezi/
9th April, 2014
Africa39 list of promising writers revealed. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/africa39-list-promising-writers-revealed.html Shortlist announced for 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
7th April, 2014
Shortlist announced for 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/tartt-lahiri-adichie-baileys-womens-shortlist.html
30th March, 2014
20th March, 2014
Delighted that Robert Antoni and Anthony Joseph will be attending the 2014 Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/programme/
7th March, 2014
Longlist announced for 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction http://www.thebookseller.com/news/catton-tartt-and-atwood-baileys-womens-prize-longlist.html
26th February, 2014
Many congratulations to Robert Antoni who is a finalist in the fiction category of the 2014 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his novel As Flies to Whatless Boys. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2014/ten-writers-vie-for-the-2014-ocm-bocas-prize/
21st February, 2014
EDA is delighted to welcome Robert Antoni to the agency. For more information about Robert, please visit the Authors page.
12th February, 2014
Listen to Yewande Omotoso talking about Bom Boy and being shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1LQemW9xQw
7th February, 2014
EDA is delighted to welcome Akwaeke Zara Emezi to the agency. For more information about Akwaeke, please visit the Authors page.
5th February, 2014
Judges for the 2014 Caine Prize announced. http://www.caineprize.com/judges.php
22nd January, 2014
Many congratulations to Yewande Omotoso who has been shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2013. Hugely proud and excited! http://etisalatprize.com/etisalat-prize-for-literature-announces-2013-shortlist/
19th January, 2014
Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize for South Asian literature 2014. http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-authors/cyrus-mistry-wins-dsc-prize-for-2014/article5590635.ece
3rd January, 2014
Nice start to the year for Yewande Omotoso. ‘The next big thing in literature coming out of Nigeria is no doubt Yewande Omotoso …’ http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/2014-new-faces-to-watch-in-nigerian-arts/
20th December, 2013
Many congratulations to Yewande Omotoso on making the longlist for the inaugural Etisalat Prize. for Literature. http://etisalatprize.com/the-inaugural-etisalat-prize-for-literature-longlist/
28th November, 2013
Guardian First Book Award 2013 goes to Donal Ryan. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/28/guardian-first-book-prize-2013-donal-ryan#_=_ Congratulations to Doreen Baingana, Tony Mochama and Percy Zvomuya, winners of the 2013 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/2013-morland-writing-scholarships-african-writers-announced/
17th November, 2013
Doris Lessing RIP http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/17/doris-lessing-dies-94
13th November, 2013
Irenosen Okojie is part of a great panel for Black Book Swap 4 on 30 November. http://www.tricia-blackbooknews.com/2013/11/black-book-swap-4-saturday-30-november.html
11th November, 2013
2014 International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/nominees/
15th October, 2013
Eleanor Catton wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/and-winner#sthash.1nVGMDrF.dpufhttp://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/and-winner
10th October, 2013
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 awarded to Alice Munro. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2013/
8th October, 2013
The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature now open for entries. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/the-ocm-bocas-prize-for-caribbean-literature/
27th September, 2013
Judges for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize announced. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/commonwealth-short-story-prize/2014-judges/
24th September, 2013
Kofi Awoonor obituary. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/23/kofi-awoonor
22nd September, 2013
18th September, 2013 The Man Booker Prize has extended its criteria and will from next year accept any novels originally published in English by a UK publisher. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/man-booker-prize-reveals-criteria-changes.html 10th September, 2013 Here’s The Man Booker shortlist for 2013. https://www.thebookseller.com/news/man-booker-shortlist-revealed.html-1 6th September, 2013 Yewande Omotoso will be at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town. Starts 7th September. Check out the full programme here. http://openbookfestival.co.za/ 26th August, 2013 For those in Cape Town, Yewande Omotoso will be in conversation with Teju Cole on 9th September. 15th August, 2013 Commonwealth Writers has re-focused its prizes to concentrate on the short story. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/ 11th August, 2013 Irenosen Okojie has her say in Comment is free. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/11/godfrey-bloom-is-a-bigot 10th August, 2013 Oonya Kempadoo on ALL DECENT ANIMALS and being a Caribbean woman. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=210218263&ft=1&f=1032 7 th August, 2013 Many congratulations to Oonya Kempadoo who is a recipient of a 2013 Guyana Cultural Association Award. Recognised for her creativity as a writer and for BUXTON SPICE. https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=10151523826075770&set=gm.10151610586247663&type=1&theater 1st August, 2013 Delighted that Yewande Omotoso will be at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town this September. http://openbookfestival.co.za/authors/yewande-omotoso/ 29th July, 2013 Nice interview with Oonya Kempadoo talking about ALL DECENT ANIMALS http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/interview-with-oonya-kempadoo 23rd July, 2013 2013 Man Booker longlist announced. https://www.thebookseller.com/news/contemporary-longlist-2013-man-booker.html 9th July, 2013 ‘Miracle’ by Tope Folarin, winner of the 2013 Caine Prize, is ‘utterly compelling’. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jul/09/caine-prize-tope-folarin-african-writing?CMP=twt_gu 8th July, 2013 Tope Folarin wins the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. Here are some photos from the event. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.496416387105272.1073741836.368825259864386&type=1 5th July, 2013 The Caine Prize for African writing shortlist – in pictures. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2013/jul/05/caine-prize-african-writing-shortlist-pictures?CMP=twt_fd 14th June, 2013 Congratulations to Yewande Omotoso who is on the Mail & Guardian’s list of 200 young South Africans. http://ysa2013.mg.co.za/yewande-omotoso/ 12th June, 2013 EDA author Irenosen Okojie interviews NoViolet Bulawayo for the Caine Prize blog http://caineprize.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/interview-with-noviolet-bulawayo-on-her_12.html 7th June, 2013 Kevin Barry wins the 2013 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/news/kevin-barry-wins-the-2013-award-for-city-of-bohane/ 5 th June, 2013 Congratulations to A.M. Homes, winner of 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/2013/a-m-homes-wins-2013-womens-prize-for-fiction 22nd May, 2013
Lydia Davis wins Booker International Prize 2013
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/lydia-davis-worlds-most-concise-short-story-writer-wins-booker-international-prize-2013-8627388.html 15th May, 2013 Here is the shortlist for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing http://www.caineprize.com/news_2013_shortlist.php 14th May, 2013 Here are the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013 Regional Winners! http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cssp-regional-winners-2013/ Here are the Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 Regional Winners! http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cbp-regional-winners-2013/ Random House and Foyles triumph at Bookseller Industry Awards. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/random-house-and-foyles-triumph-bookseller-industry-awards.html 7th May, 2013 Many congratulations to Yewande Omotoso who is one of the five finalists of the Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award. http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=32758 Nice blog about Oonya Kempadoo’s event with Lawrence Scott at the Bocas Literary Festival. ALL DECENT ANIMALS is out now in the USA. h ttp://www.bocaslitfest.com/2013/fiction-oonya-kempadoo-and-lawrence-scott/ 5th May, 2013 Photos from Bocas Literary Festival, Trinidad, 2013 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.467758056637772.1073741830.368825259864386&type=1&l=f44c3bb575 19th April, 2013 Bocas festival director, Marina Salandy-Brown, writes about the new Bocas Henry Swanzy Award, which will be presented for the first time at Bocas 2013 http://newsday.co.tt/commentary/0,176428.html 17th April, 2013 Orwell Prize Shortlists announced. http://theorwellprize.co.uk/news/orwell-prize-2013-shortlists-announced/ 15th April, 2013 Line up for the Bocas Literary Festival including EDA author Oonya Kempadoo and yours truly http://www.bocaslitfest.com/authors/ The Bookseller’s round up from the Digital Minds conference at the London International Book Fair. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/digital-minds-industry-must-try-more-fail-better.html 12th April, 2013 The Kwani? Manuscript Project, a new one-off literary prize for unpublished fiction from African writers, announces longlist. http://manuscript.kwani.org/kwani-manuscript-project-news-longlist.php 11th April, 2013 Shortlist announced for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-blogs-and-press/news/196/ 10th April, 2013 The 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest starts on 25th April. Fresh on their blog is a post on Grenada-based novelist, Oonya Kempadoo, who will be talking there talking about her new book, All Decent Animals. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2013/author-spotlight-oonya-kempadoo/ 9th April, 2013 Shortlist for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize and Book Prize announced. http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cssp-shortlist-2013/ http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cbp-shortlist-2013/ 3rd April, 2013 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, recipient of The Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her 1975 novel Heat and Dust, passed away today in New York City. Jhabvala was 85. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/movies/ruth-prawer-jhabvala-writer-dies-at-85.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 31st Mar, 2013 Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad partners with the Edinburgh Writers’ Conference http://guardian.co.tt/news/2013-03-31/bocas-partners-edinburgh-world-writers%E2%80%99-conference 29th Mar, 2013 Catch Yewande Omotoso reading from BOM BOY at Patabah Bookstore, Lagos on 30th March. http://gclfph.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/yewande-omotoso-reads-in-lagos.html 23rd Mar, 2013 Great news! Junot Diaz wins Sunday Times short story award. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize#_=_ 22nd Mar, 2013 RIP Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart author dies aged 82. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/things-fall-apart-author-chinua-achebe-dies-aged-82-8545670.html Video celebrating Chinua Achebe’s 78th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Things Fall Apart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5OAjnG6rKo&feature=youtu.be Yewande Omotoso joins the Ebedi International Writers Residency 2013 http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2013/03/22/yewande-omotoso-participating-in-the-ebedi-international-writers-residency-2013/ 21st Mar, 2013 Here is the programme for the Bocas Literary Festival http://www.bocaslitfest.com/programme/ 17th Mar, 2013 Here is the shortlist for the 2013 Bocas Prize. The three books are the respective winners in the poetry, fiction and non-fiction categories of the prize. The overall winner will be announced on 27 April at the Bocas Lit Fest. http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2013/2013-ocm-bocas-prize-shortlist-announced/ 14th Mar, 2013 Tan Twan Eng wins 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. Read more here http://www.manasianliteraryprize.org/ 13th Mar, 2013 The Folio Society is to sponsor the Literature Prize. Read more here http://www.thebookseller.com/news/folio-sponsor-literature-prize-stellar-academy-revealed.html Nice interview with Oonya Kempadoo and a video from the International Writer’s Program, University of Iowa http://www.allysonlatta.ca/2013/03/11/interview-with-oonya-kempadoo-grenada-based-novelist-and-social-development-researcher/ Here is the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/2013-prize/longlist 7th Mar, 2013 Here is the new website for the Women’s Prize for Fiction http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/ 3rd Mar, 2013 Nice piece on Anthony Joseph and his novel Kitch http://guardian.co.tt/arts/2013-03-02/prose-poem-kitch 28th Feb, 2013 Here is the longlist for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2013/2013-ocm-bocas-prize-longlist-announced/ 24th Jan, 2013 Great to see Yewande Omotoso on Afripop Magazine’s list of ‘writers you should know’ http://afripopmag.com/2013/01/21-women-writers-you-should-know/comment-page-1/#comment-11839 Man Booker International Prize 2013 Finalists Announced http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-international-prize-2013-finalists-announced 21st Jan, 2013 Here is the longlist for the 2013 Sunday Times Short Story Award http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-blogs-and-press/news/182/ 20th Dec, 2012 4th Dec, 2012 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist announced http://www.manasianliteraryprize.org/news/2012/12/3/2012-man-asian-literary-prize-longlist-displays-the-literary.html 3rd Dec, 2012 Linton Kwesi Johnson wins Golden PEN Award for lifetime literary achievement. Read the interview with him here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/linton-kwesi-johnson-classridden-yes-but-this-is-still-home-8373870.html 30th Nov, 2012 Nice interview with Yewande Omotoso http://authorsinafrica.com/from-south-africa-yewande-omotoso-an-interesting-author-across-cultures/ 28th Nov, 2012 Delighted to be one of the judges for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. The festival takes place in Trinidad and Tobago from 25-28 April 2013 http://www.bocaslitfest.com/the-ocm-bocas-prize-for-caribbean-literature/ 27th Nov, 2012 English PEN Awards for Writing in Translation 2013 announced http://www.englishpen.org/english-pen-awards-for-writing-in-translation-2013-announced/ 21st Nov, 2012 Here is the shortlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 http://dscprize.com/global/updates/announcement-of-the-shortlist-for-the-dsc-prize-2013/ 12th Nov, 2012 Many congratulations to EDA client Yewande Omotoso who has won the First-Time Published Author Award at the 2012 South African Literary Award http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2012/11/12/the-2012-south-african-literary-award-sala-winners/ 2nd Nov, 2012 Chika Unigwe wins 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature. http://www.africabookclub.com/?p=12191 1st Nov, 2012 Delighted to be on the judging panel for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Click here for more information http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/commonwealth-short-story-prize/2013-judges/ 24th Oct, 2012 The 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Short Story Prize are now open for entry. Click here for more information http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/ 8th Oct, 2012 The Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction) is to be ‘privately funded’ for 2013. Click here for more information http://www.thebookseller.com/news/womens-prize-fiction-be-privately-funded-2013.html 4th Oct, 2012 Many congratulations to Minoli Salgado who has won the 2012 inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize for her novel, A LITTLE DUST ON THE EYES. http://sileedsliteraryprize.wordpress.com/news/ 25th Sept, 2012 The South Asian Literature Festival runs from 1-11 November. Check the programme for pre-festival events. http://southasianlitfest.com/ Dinaw Mengestu, Giles Foden, Jung Chang and Billy Kahora talk about Hay Festival Nairobi. Listen to them here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/9549203/Hay-Festival-Nairobi-is-doing-something-really-special.html 24th Sept, 2012 Save the date for the African Book Festival running from Oct 26th-27th at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon. Great line up of speakers and keynote address to be given by Abdulrazak Gurnah http://www.slamcentral.org/abf/ 21st Sept, 2012 Elise Dillsworth Agency now has a Facebook page. Do take a look and like! https://www.facebook.com/EliseDillsworthAgency?ref=hl 21st Sept, 2012 It’s International Book Week! Grab the book closest to you, turn to page 52, post the fifth sentence on your website, Twitter feed or Facebook page. Here’s mine: ‘You dread conversations with your mother.’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Junot Diaz 29th May, 2012 The Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2012 have been announced! Shehan Karunatilaka from Sri Lanka won the book prize for Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew. Emma Martin from New Zealand won the short story prize for Two Girls in a Boat.