October is turning out to be a month filled with a lot of literary activities, especially in Accra. My aim is to share as many of these events with you. I urge you to take note of the schedule and attend these events.
There is an event in the list for everyone – writers, readers, children, beach lovers, food lovers among others. So, please take the time and go through the list. I am sure you will find something that suits you.
Now, let’s go!
Friday, October 5, 2018
Anansesem Nkomo: This a story telling, poetry and music event. It comes off at the Page Centre, Sakaman Junction at 7 pm
Friday, October 12, 2018
The Matriarch’s Verse: This is a poetry concert by Apiokor Seyram Ashong of Citi FM fame. It will take place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel at 7 pm. This is the only event on the list that is strictly by invitation. I suppose you must be tuned in to Citi FM in the days ahead or call to see how you can secure a ticket.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Prampram Reads: This is a children’s event. The organizers will give the books and parents who live in and around Prampram would only have to drop off their children at the venue. The good part is that it is a bi-weekly event. Saturday’s will be the first. The venue is the premises of Covenant Family Community Church. And it’s from 12.30 pm to 2 pm.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Book Exchange Fair – Beach Edition: This is for all book lovers and beach lovers. Or, if you love any of the two, you attend for it. I have a feeling Jollof will feature in it but the organizers are keeping a tight lip about it so we have to attend to find out. The fair will take place at the Kamasamba La Bamba Beach at South La Estate from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
A Conversation With Ama Ata Aidoo: This is an initiative of the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre of the African University College of Communications. It will be an evening of chats and readings with one of the most celebrated writers in Ghana. I urge all writers especially young ones like me to attend this one. It will take place at the forecourt of the African University College of Communications from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accra: The festival would run from Friday to Sunday. Pa Gya is a literary arts festival put together by the Writers Project of Ghana and Goethe-Institut Ghana. The festival seeks to engage the public on a literary platform, and to showcase writers and their craft. As such, various activities such as readings, panel discussions, poetry and story-telling sessions, book launches, the launch of literary prizes and performance of different literary forms are being planned for the three-day festival. The festival will take place at the Goethe-Institut Ghana.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
The Writers and Readers’ Grotto (The 12th Edition): This month’s Grotto would be a workshop with writer, Kwabena Agyare. Kwabena would lead the group on discussion about how young writers can improve their art and skill. As usual there would be readings and discussions on the readings. This event would take place at the Bambu Centre at Adenta, near KFC. It is from 4 pm to 7pm
Friday, October 26, 2018
Barclays Readings: This is a Barclays Bank sponsored reading tour of contributors to the anthology titled Adabraka. The anthology was published by the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing. The October 26 train stops at the home of the book – The African University College of Communications. Contributing authors to the book will spend the evening in reading and interacting with attendees. Since yours truly is also a contributor, I would definitely be there. The reading starts at 6 pm and ends at 8 pm.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Meet and Greet With Frederick Worlanyo Awudey: Frederick Worlanyo Awudey, popularly known as Kweli would release his debut book titled Questions. And Damn Questions on this day and he is inviting the public to attend. It would be an evening of readings from the book, poetry performances, music, book signing and networking. The event will take place at Tanoe Hub at Dansoman Roundabout from 4 pm to 7 pm.
So, there you have it. I hope to see you at one of these events. The good thing is many of them are free! If you do spot me, do not hesitate to say hi. I also urge you to share this information with as many people who may be interested in it. Check the attached posters for more information or contact numbers of organizers.
Continue to live, love, read and write. It can only get better and we can only get better.
Top of the month to you!