Special Reading: Accra Noir

Special Reading: Accra Noir

Writers Project of Ghana in collaboration with Cassava Republic Press and the Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) present a special reading from the anthology Accra Noir on Sunday, 11th July 2021 at 3 PM.

You are welcome to join us at LOATAD (all COVID-19 protocols will be observed). Limited seating is available and you will need to register for the event. You may reserve a place here.

The event will also be live on Instagram (@writersPG and @loatad_org) and Facebook (Writers Project Ghana) social media handles.

Accra Noir is part of the Akashic Books award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

The event will feature contributor Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and a conversation with the editor Nana Ama Danquah. There will also be readings from contributing writers Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo, Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh and Gbontwi Anyetei.

Nana Ama Danquah was born in Accra and raised in the US. She is the author of Willow Weep for Me and editor of the anthologies Becoming American, Shaking the Tree, and The Black Body. Her work has been widely anthologized. Publications she has written for include Essence, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times. She has taught at Otis College of Arts and Design, Antioch College, and the University of Ghana.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of the novel Powder Necklace. Her writing is has also appeared in various anthologies, including Africa39 and Everyday People. She was a 2019 Edward F. Albee Foundation fellow, a 2018 Aké Arts and Book Festival guest author, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival scholar, and a 2016 Hedgebrook writer in residence.

Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo graduated with a BA and MPhil from the University of Ghana, Legon. He has taught English at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, and has worked for the presidency as a speechwriter. Addo is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of South Africa.

Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh is a writer who left Dublin over thirty years ago, first to Malawi, then Zimbabwe, before settling in Ghana in 1994. Her background is design and communications, but she has always had a love of story-telling and the rich, vibrant oral traditions of both Ireland and Ghana. She has written a number of short stories and Essays.

Gbontwi Anyetei spent his early years in Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Botswana before moving to Britain. A Pan-Africanist, he believes art can reframe our present and create a revolutionary future. His novel Mensah was short-listed at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival, and his new novel, For the Republic of Hackney, is in progress. His essay "Writing for Africa from Britain" is featured in the 2019 anthology Safe. Anyetei relocated to Ghana in 2013.

Join us on Sunday, 11th July 2021 at LOATAD in West Legon for the special reading. Limited seating is available and you will need to register for the event. You may reserve a place here .

Date: Sunday, 11th July, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM - 4.30 PM

Online: IG (@writersPG and @loatad_org) / FB (Writers Project of Ghana) / Youtube (@WPGTV)

Venue: Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD),
4 Portuphy Street, West Legon.