Please read the General Information section below carefully before you apply.
ABOUT THE FESTIVALAfrica Writes festival is a celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora, brought to you by The Royal African Society and presented in partnership the British Library.
Launched in 2012, every year Africa Writes showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, family workshops, and other activities. Our previous headline speakers have been Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ngugi wa Thiong’o with son Mukoma wa Ngugi, Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ben Okri, Nawal El Saadawi and Alain Mabanckou.
More info: africawrites.org/about/
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Thursday 2nd May
Publishers must supply their own linen, banners, etc.
All participating staff will be familiarized with the emergency evacuation procedure prior to the event. In the event of an emergency, please follow the instructions provided.
Publicity – all participating publishers at Africa Writes 2019 may receive online and printed publicity in publications associated with the festival. Please send a logo and some copy (maximum 100 words) using the box below if you wish to be listed in the programme.
Parking – There is very limited parking at the Library itself. Parking will be free and available on: Ossulston Street, King's Cross, Camden, London NW1. We advise all booksellers to park here. A map of the area can be viewed here http://goo.gl/maps/6VI70
Security – there will be 24-hour security, but the RAS/British Library cannot be held liable for any material loss or damage. Publishers are advised to pack up their materials safely at the end of each day.
We have very limited storage capacity and we would strongly encourage all publishers to arrange for transportation of books and other materials to the British Library on Saturday 5th July. As we only have the capacity to store books overnight between Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July, it is advisable that books are delivered to the venue on Saturday morning.
Please send a high res copy of your logo in .jpg or .png format for the festival programme.
- DOWNSTAIRS: At the entrance of the Centre are located next to the Centre’s box office and are at the bottom of the stairs leading to the foyer. Books and products related to children and young people have priority for this area
- UPSTAIRS: Outside the main auditorium are located on the first floor in the Centre’s foyer, where the main book fair is held
We aim to accommodate preferences as requested, however please note that some changes may be applied in accordance with the bookings we receive and the festival’s programme.