I was recently invited by Deborah Ahenkorah, Director and Co-founder of The Baobab Prize, as a former winner, to talk with Deborah and Karabo Kgoleng on SAfm Literature about The Baobab Prize. I think the show went well (apart from my blanking on the names of Lauren Beukes books, apologies Lauren, I do know they are Moxyland and the forthcoming Zoo City).
I hope it served to really put the prize out there as a much needed encouragement and call for African writers to step up and start writing our own stories in All Genres. As well as a call to African publishers to start publishing All Genres, and perhaps begin to make a dent in the imports that dominate bookshop shelves across Africa, (and maybe we African writers can escape from being lumped all together in those far shelves in the darkest depths of book stores marked African Literature).
You may listen to the podcast of the show here.
Ivor W. Hartmann, Zimbabwean writer, editor, publisher, visual artist, and author of Mr. Goop (Vivlia, 2010). Nominated for the UMA Award (‘Earth Rise’, 2009), awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (‘Mr. Goop’, 2009), and finalist for The Yvonne Vera Award (‘A Mouse amongst Men’, 2011). His writing has appeared in African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, The Apex Book of World SF V2, and other publications. He runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar annual anthologies and AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers anthology, and is on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.
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Happy to announce that the forthcoming StoryTime anthology African Roar has just launched its facebook fan page:
Forthcoming in 2010, African Roar#1: An eclectic anthology of African Authors. Selected from the StoryTime Ezine and edited by Emmanuel Sigauke & Ivor W. Hartmann, to be published by The Lion Press Ltd.
The African Roar#1 anthology selections were made from all works published in the StoryTime Ezine up to Aug 2009, through a combination of a public voting process and final selections from the anthology editors. It will feature works from:
Chuma Nwokolo Jr.
Ivor W. Hartmann
Nana A. Damoah
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma