ngugi’s search for answers


There is a lot of attention for the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o in his motherland. Last year it was 50 years ago that his novel ‘ Weep not child’  was published. This book is still read by many, not just in Kenya or Africa.  Here is an article on Ngugi and his novel about … Continue reading ngugi’s search for answers

promote local languages


The issue of language is still present. In this article the focus is on the use of language at primary school? There has been a directive by the Kenyan government that the mother tongue should be used as the language of instruction during the first three years at primary school. This matter of mother tongue … Continue reading promote local languages

sonallah ibrahim: the only role


Is it necessary for an Egyptian writer to have spent time in prison? I do not thinks so, but some have spent time between those infamous four walls. This writer, Sonallah Ibrahim, was only 22 years old when he was locked up. His crime was being a member of the Egyptian Communist Party. I know, … Continue reading sonallah ibrahim: the only role

2014 shirley jackson awards


Here is some information on another literary prize. The prize is named after the writer Shirley Jackson (1916 – 1965). The prize is given for literature of `psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic´. The names of the nominees have been announced and when I perused the names I found some names with an African … Continue reading 2014 shirley jackson awards