African Literary Evening
Saturday, 8 November 2014 from 16:30 to 18:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“Dedicated to showcasing the best of established and emerging talented African writers in the UK”
Accomplish Press in conjunction with BlackandOutspoken, presents an evening of reading, conversation and inspiration with the best of new generation African Writers. The event will be a mixture of literature, poetry and spoken word performances, as well as a panel to discuss issues relevant to writers in the UK.
- Making Money from Writing: Is it possible to make a living as a writer?
- The future of publishing in the UK: is it traditional publishing, self-publishing and collaborative publishing or hybrid publishing?
- Beyond print; moving with the digital revolution: ebooks, podcasts, audio books and short films
- Who is our audience? Our community or beyond?
- Genres: moving beyond expectations placed on African writing
- I'm an unpublished writer: do I need a blog?
A panel of Writers, Publishers, Journalists, and Poets.
About Abidemi Sanusi
Abidemi is an author of several books (including Kemi's Journal, God Has Daughters Too and Zack's Story), the founder of Ready Writer, a content creation and training agency, and the editor of Ready Writer Mag. Her critically acclaimed book Eyo was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She has written extensively for Christian magazines, The Guardian, The Cabinet Office/No 10, Unilever, Methodist Church, UN, Directgov and others too traumatic to remember. In her spare time, she loves cooking, running and photography. Born in Nigeria, now living in the UK, with dreams of emigrating to Zanzibar and never experiencing rainy weather ever again. She is represented by the fabulous Elise Dillsworth Agency.
Abimbola Dare commenced her writing career as a blogger in 2006. Her hilarious blog which documented the life of an immigrant learning to adjust to life in the UK soon became one of the most visited blogs in Nigeria at the time. In 2008, she took a maternity break-which essentially became an opportunity for her to write her first Inspirational (christian) novel, ‘The Small Print’. Having sought for, and finding no Christian fiction publisher in the UK, she decided to establish her own company. ‘The Small Print’ was released in 2011 and became one of the best selling e-books in Religious romance genre on Amazon UK-for more than six months. For a self published author in a relatively unknown genre within the UK, the success of ‘The Small Print’ was a welcomed surprise and driver for exploring a niche with potential for massive growth. She has written a number of short stories, including the hugely popular, ‘The No-nonsense wife’ which instantly became an internet sensation. In January 2013, she was nominated as author of the year by the Women4Africa panel. Her second novel, ‘When Broken Chords Sing’, peaked at number 2 spot on the kindle bestseller list for Christian Fiction in the UK. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines across Nigeria, and juggles novel writing with working full time for one of the largest publishing firms in the world.
Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager. She has worked with the RSC, Apples & Snakes, The Southbank Centre, The Caine Prize and programmed for Duckie for their series of interactive nights. She was a selected writer for the Flight mentorship scheme for young writers run by Spread the Word and for the 30 Nigeria House Project by Theatre Royal Stratford East. Her work has been featured in The Observer and The Guardian amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally and her debut novel will be published in 2015 by Jacaranda Books. She is the 2014 Prize Advocate for the SI Leeds Literary Prize.
About Adura Ojo
Adura Ojo is an author, poet, blogger and a mother of two. She is the author of Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs – her debut poetry collection. She loves observing the world around her and teasing the voices within. In previous lives she was a graduate of English, Law and Social Work – not all at the same time. She also enjoyed work - as a lecturer, trainer and mental health practitioner. Her work has been published in Sentinel Champions, Sentinel Nigeria, The Poetic Pinup Revue, and a number of websites. She lives in the UK where she is currently working on her debut novel and a second poetry collection. Follow Adura online:
About Ola Nubi
Ola Nubi attended intermediate and advanced writing courses at the Centerprise Literature Development project in Hackney, London before studying for an MA in Creative writing and Imaginative Practice at the University of East London. In 2008 her short story The Pink House, won first prize in the National words of colour competition and another short story of hers The Go- slow Journey, won the first prize in the fiction category for Wasafiri’s New writing prize 2009. Some of her short stories feature on African writing.com, StoryTime, This Reading Life, TheSiren.co.uk and naijastories.com . She had another short story – Green Eyes and an Old photo published in the 2013 African Roar Anthology and her short story – Illusion of Hope was published in the NS Publishing short reads series – Wiping Halima’s Tears. She is currently working on a collection of short stories based on the African experience in the Diaspora, and a novel – a cross cultural romance that explores the social, political, cultural and historical ties that bind and divide the cultures. She has a romance novel due for publication by Ankara press – the Romance imprint of Cassava Press, Abuja. Nigeria.
Website: http://www. easytowrite.wordpress.com
Twitter - createandwrite
About Kiru Taye
A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she's still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book. After over ten successful years in the corporate rate race, she has chosen a different kind of creative challenge—transforming her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters. When she’s not writing or reading, she'd hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.
Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com
Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com
Link to her Amazon author page
About Nuzo Onoh
“Every single thing created by man began with a single thought. Whatever the mind can conceive can become reality. All you need are your thoughts, faith, expectation, hard work and a damned lot of prayers.”
This amalgamation of quotes more or less sums up my philosophy in life, a belief that good things can come my way if I believe, work hard to make that belief reality and pray with everything I’ve got for a success. I wake up daily in Coventry where I reside, grateful to God for my 52 years on earth, my two wonderful daughters and good health. I’ve been given the amazing opportunity to live my dream as a writer and publisher after obtaining my Masters degree in Writing from Warwick University in 2012, where I’d also obtained my Law degree over 27 years ago!! I presently run my own self-publishing company, Canaan-Star Publishing, with writers from around the world. Best of all, I’ve finally discovered that Holy Grail of every writer…Voice!
With my last book, The Reluctant Dead (28th June, 2014), I finally found a voice and a genre that flows naturally and effortlessly, feels right and sits well with me - African/Igbo horror! As a working lone-parent, I continue to hope for literary success, inner contentment and a life finally free of stress! I believe and it shall be!
About Tolulope Popoola
Tolulope Popoola grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the United Kingdom in 2000 for her university education. It was assumed that she had a head for figures, so she studied BA Accounting and Business Economics and a Masters in Finance and Investment. By chance, she started blogging in 2006, which rekindled her love for writing and telling stories. She now writes short stories, flash fiction, and articles for many print and online magazines. She set up Accomplish Press in 2011 to publish her first novel, Nothing Comes Close, when she realised that there were not many mainstream publishers in the UK, willing to take a chance on “ethnic” writers like her. You can interact with Tolulope online via:
About Tundun Adeyemo
Tundun Adeyemo was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied Law at the University of Ibadan. She proceeded to England for a Masters in International law. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Human Rights Law at the University of Bedfordshire. She has written poems and short stories since she was eight years old. An avid reader, she loves reading, travelling and meeting people. She writes a column for Nigeria’s TELL magazine and ‘The Immigrant’ is her first ebook, with a collection of non-fiction articles soon to be published.
You can interact with Tundun online via:
About Kemi Ogunniyi
Kemi Ogunniyi is an author, editor and communications consultant. Her most recent project is 'Tales of Mr Tortoise', a not-for-profit children's book she has published in partnership with 1Child1Book.org to improve UNESCO literary figures for Africa, starting with Nigerian children who cannot afford books. She has also written four full-length adult novels awaiting publishing and popular weekly blog fiction series.
Amanda Epe writes articles, essays, poetry, fiction and self help; her work has been featured in publications and anthologies in the U.K, U.S and in Saraba Literary Magazine Ng. A Fly Girl is her debut book, an inspirational memoir of her days working with BA; travel tales through the lens of a black African perspective. She has a Masters in Education, Health Promotion and International Development and her blog focuses on promoting health and literary art for women at www.msroseblossom.org. Connect with her on social media facebook.com/msroseblossom twitter@msroseblossom
About Sade Adeniran
Sade recently completed a postgraduate degree in film at Staffordshire University run by Raindance. She’s a self-published author and her debut novel Imagine This, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. A book she has adapted into a script and she is currently looking for finance to fund her feature film. Sade made her first short film last year - More Cake - also an adaptation from one of her short stories. More Cake was shown at the Molodist & Raindance film festivals in 2013. Sade has also written pieces for Radio 4, BBC World Service the Lyric and Bush theatres. In her spare time she also produces short story podcasts promoting African literature and writers (SWoSSP). The first series along with her own short story podcasts can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, Mixcloud or her website www.sades-world.com/podcasts.
With readings and spoken word performances from:
Ola Nubi - she will be reading from her soon-to-be published novel
Amanda Epe - she will be reading from new Travel Memoir, “A Fly Girl”
Tolulope Popoola - she will be reading excerpt from novel and some flash fiction
Tundun Adeyemo - she will be reading from debut poetry collection “The Immigrant”
There will be a variety of books for sale, and an opportunity to network and chat with the panel and other guests informally over drinks afterwards.There will be a variety of books for sale, and an opportunity to network and chat with the panel and other guests informally over drinks in the bar afterwards.
Date: Saturday, 8th November 2014
Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Venue: The Proud Archivist, 2 - 10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET www.theproudarchivist.co.uk
Tickets: Early Bird £5, General £8
When & Where
Tolulope Popoola @ Accomplish Press
Accomplish Press is an innovative, author-focused company based in the UK. Established in 2011 by Tolulope Popoola, we are proud to take a different approach to helping authors with writing and publishing their work.
We offer Coaching, Self-Publishing Courses, and Consulting services for aspiring authors. Our focus is mainly on authors who are writing contemporary fiction, literary novels, memoirs, business books, general fiction novels and children’s books for the Black British and African/Diaspora market. This section of the population is largely ignored by large mainstream publishers but we are perfectly positioned to cater to the needs of our authors and readers in a rapidly changing industry.
Coaching Services – We offer a variety of coaching programmes for writers and aspiring authors who want to start working on their ideas for writing a novel or non-fiction book. Tolulope Popoola works with writers one-to-one or in group programmes. The aim of our coaching is to get authors writing quickly, with clarity and confidence instead of confusion, so that they can go from initial idea to first draft to published book within a short time-frame.
Self-Publishing Courses – We offer training courses for writers who want to learn how to self-publish their work. If you would prefer to learn the step-by-step approach to self-publishing your work, we can help. We will teach you and advice you on how to go through the self-publishing process. We will guide you on the best options for your work, from choosing a title, through to the final product, which is a published ebook or print book.
Consulting Services – We offer personalised, professional advice and consulting services for your writing or publishing projects. We can help with any questions you have regarding your work, from the early stages of writing, to the final published book in your hands.