A collection of social conscience poetry that paints the picture of the giant politician, the restless citizen, the clueless youth, those struggling to heal from life’s scratches and the ones hunting for words to describe their experience of fiery flames of affection.
Africa has produced some of the best writing of the twentieth century from Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and the Nobel Laureates Wole Sonyika, Nadine Gordimer, J.M Coetzee and Doris Lessing, to more recent talents including Nuruddin Farah, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna and Brian Chikwava.
Africa 39 asks the question: who will be the next generation?
From the dazzling list of 39 writers chosen by the judges, Ellah Wakatama Alfrey has selected richly rewarding short stories, extracts from novels, fables and other work by writers from Africa south of the Sahara, or its diaspora, and created a collection of some of the most varied and exciting new work in world literature today by writers who are certainly going to be among the most celebrated of our time.
Fire In The Night And Other Stories contains the best of the 2014 Writivism short story competition. Selected by some of Africa’s finest established writers, including Zukiswa Wanner, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Emmanuel Sigauke, Abubaker Ibrahim and Glaydah Namukasa, these fourteen new works of fiction by hitherto unpublished authors refuse to be pigeon-holed by conventional ideas of what or how an African ought to write. Do not read it if you do not want your preconceptions challenged; do read it if you want to be thrilled by the future of African in Africa.