Reading with Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly present South African poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers as our author for April 2015.
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, born in Johannesburg in 1966, is a multiple award-winning South African writer and performance artist. Her poetry has been widely published in collections and anthologies.
The reading will take place from 7.00 PM on Wednesday, April 29th 2015 at the Goethe Institute in Cantonments, Accra.Read the full notice here.
Reading with Joe Frazier
Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute are happy to announce the start of our reading series for 2015. We present our first author for the year, Ghanaian columnist and novelist, Joe Frazier, at 7 PM on Wednesday 25th March, 2015 at the Goethe Institute in Accra.
Joe Frazier writes My Blog, a weekly column for the Daily Graphic, and has over 400 articles and opinion pieces in print.
Joe Frazier's first novel, Blame not the Darkness was published in 2011, followed by Akora in 2013. A third novel, The Sissain Bridge is currently in press.Read the full notice here.
Book Club Meetings Resume with Wizard Of The Crow
WPG is glad to announce that, as previosly announced, the Book Club meetings will resume on Tuesday February 24th, 2015.
The selected book for the discussion is Ngugi Wa Thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow. For more details, including a reading list for the first half of the year, please see the book club page.
Reading with Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah
Ghanaian writers, Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah will have a public reading and book signing event on Saturday, 10th January 2015.
The writers will be present from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M and will be reading from all their books: Excursions In My Mind, Sense of Savannah, Through The Gates Of Thought, Tickling The Ghanaian, Tales From Different Tails, Harmattan, I Speak of Ghana and Kofi Akpabli's recently published Romancing Ghanaland. More...
Writing Workshop and Reading With Kwei Quartey
Writers Project of Ghana proudly presents a public reading and workshop with Ghanaian writer and physician, Kwei Quartey.
We are organising two events, a writing workshop and a public reading, both with Kwei Quartey.
Kwei Quartey is a fiction writer and physician based in Pasadena, California. His crime fiction novels are held in high regard, and he was on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009.
For more information, including how to participate in the workshop, please click here.
Please note the date and time for these events:
-- Date: Saturday, 20th December, 2014
-- 9.00 AM - 2.30 PM [Workshop]
-- 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM [Reading]
-- Venue: "Totally Youth", North Ridge, Accra
("Totally Youth" is close to Alisa Hotel in North Ridge, Accra. Please click here for the location via Google Maps.)
The 2014 Morland Writing Schorlaships
The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the winners of the 2014 Morland Writing Scholarships. These are awarded every year to African writers selected by a panel of African judges. The winners will each receive a grant of £18,000 to allow them take a year to write a book. The winners for this year are Simone Haysom (South Africa), Ahmed Khalifa (Egypt), Ndinda Kioko (Kenya), Yewande Omotoso (Nigeria-Barbados).This year, two highly commended reserve scholars are in line to receive the grant if any of the four Scholars are unable to complete their year. They are: Fiona Andia Kisia (Kenya) and Elnathan John (Nigeria). For more information, visit www.milesmorlandfoundation.com.
Short StoriesWriters Project of Ghana is pleased to present to you a short story page on this website. Every week, we will feature a short story, typically from a Ghanaian writer.
Programmes Taking A BreakAs we have been doing for the past five years, some of our programmes will take a break until next year.
Ghana Voices Series, our reading series held in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Accra, will return in March, 2015. In addition, our book club will resume meeting in February, 2015. However, members are reading Ngugi Wa thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow during the break.
Our other programmes continue as scheduled. Also, look out for new programmes and initiatives coming up soon!
Writer for October: Samuel DuhWriters Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute wish to invite you to our regular monthly reading series at the Goethe Institute in Accra. This month, we are proud to present Ghanaian physician and novelist Dr. Samuel Duh as our author.
Samuel Duh was born at Domeabra, Asante Akyen, in Ghana. He has a BSc degree in Biology from Duke University; MSc in Microbiology from North Carolina Central University; MD in Medicine from University of North Carolina Medical School; and MPH in Epidemiology from University of Oklahoma. He has published widely in leading medical journals and is the author of several books. His first novel, One More Time, was published in 1991, and his latest novel, God is too Busy, was published last year. More...
Writer for September: Benjamin KwakyeWriters Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly present Ghanaian novelist Benjamin Kwakye at our monthly reading series.
Benjamin Kwakye's first novel, The Clothes of Nakedness, won the 1999 Regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and has been adapted for radio as a BBC Play of the Week. His second novel, The Sun by Night, won the 2006 Regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. His third novel, The Other Crucifix, was the winner of the 2011 Independent Publishers' Gold Award for Adult Multicultural Fiction and received a nomination for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is also the author of a collection of three novellas: Eyes of the Slain Woman. A fourth novel, Legacy of Phantoms, is in the process of publication. Kwakye has been described as one of the most important Ghanaian novelists since Ayi-Kwei Armah. More...
Writer for August: Kofi Bentum QuantsonWriters Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly present as our writer for the month, Kofi Bentum Quantson, former National Security Co-ordinator, who has recorded the rich experiences of his working life in a number of memoirs.
Kofi Bentum Quantson was born in Axim in 1934 and attended Clayborn College, Sekondi, Wesley College, Kumasi, and the University of Ghana, Legon. He worked as features editor for the Ghanaian Times before joining the Special Branch of the Ghana Police Service, rising to become its director in 1979, a position he retained when the Special Branch became the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). He retired in 1989 as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), but was recalled to duty to establish the Narcotics Control Board (NCB), of which he became the Executive Secretary. From 1997 to 2001, he doubled as the National Security Co-ordinator. More...
Public Reading With Nana MaloneWriters Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute are happy to invite you to our regular monthly reading series at the Goethe Institute in Accra.
This month, we present best-selling pop fiction and romantic comedy writer, Nana Malone, who will be reading from a selection of her works.More...
Public Reading With Ivor Agyeman-DuahWriters Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly presents Ivor Agyeman-Duah as the writer for the month of June. This month's event precedes the launch of the book, Crucible of the Ages: Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80, edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Ogochukwu Promise. This book will be launched in July by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
An essayist and literary historian, Ivor Agyeman-Duah has to his credit several books, amongst which is the biography of John Agyekum Kufuor, president of Ghana (2000 - 2008), Between Faith and History: A Biography of J.A. Kufuor More...
Public Reading With Elizabeth-Irene BaitieWriters Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly presents multiple award winning writer Elizabeth-Irene Baitie at our monthly reading series. Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is a Clinical Biochemist and runs a medical laboratory practice in Adabraka, Accra. A past student of Achimota School, Elizabeth-Irene also studied Biochemistry with Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon, and has a postgraduate degree in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Surrey. More...
Public Reading With Ama Ata AidooThe Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly present as guest writer for April, distinguished Ghanaian writer, academic and activist, Professor Ama Ata Aidoo.
Ama Ata Aidoo has had a long and distinguished writing career, with an output spanning drama, fiction, poetry, and essays. Her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, was published by Longman in 1965 and was followed by several books. Her works have won numerous awards, amongst the most prominent of which is the novel Changes, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Africa) in 1992.More...
Special Public Reading With Chuma NwokoloWriters Project of Ghana proudly presents a special public reading with Nigerian writer, attorney and publisher, Chuma Nwokolo.
Chuma Nwokolo is the publisher of African Writing magazine and the author of the novel, Diaries of a Dead African, the novelised anthologies, African Tales at Jailpoint, One More Tale for the Road, and most recently, a collection of short stories, The Ghost of Sani Abacha.His most recent work, How to Spell Naija in a Hundred Short Stories was published by Gwandustan! in 2013. More...
Programmes for 2014As announced, a number of our programmes took a break in November 2013, and will return later this year. The schedules are as follows:
Ghana Voices Series: This long-running public reading series enters its fifth year in 2014. It is organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Accra and is, to the best of our knowledge, the longest running and consistent public reading series in Accra. We return on the last Wednesday in March with writer Empi Baryeh, author of the book, Chancing Faith.
Book Club: The WPG Book and Discussion Club meets again in February. The first book to be discussed is The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins . Discussions on the book are already on-going on twitter. Follow the tag #wpghbookclub. To join the club, please send an e-mail to the co-ordinator: freduaagyeman(at)yahoo.com.
Writers Project on Citi: The weekly radio programme did not go on a break. Join us this and every Sunday at 20.30 h GMT for an hour of literature readings, discussions, and poetry. We also give updates on literature-related events in Accra. Tune in to 97.3 MHz in Accra, or listen online at citifmonline.