Literary events to look out for as we draw curtains on June

In less than 10 days, we draw curtains on the month of June. Here is a list of literary events lined up for the coming days. These are programmes I would love to attend and I recommend them to all you book lovers and literature enthusiasts.

It is important to attend literary events because they put you in the same space with like-minded people. You get to meet and have personal interactions with players in the book and literature space in Ghana and for a writer, you learn a lot and get a lot of inspiration.

Block the following dates and events on your calendar and try to attend as many as time and your schedule will allow you.

The Book Exchange Affair – 6th Chapter:

This event is scheduled to come off this Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Sunny FM Prayer Café from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Activities at the book exchange affair include book swaps, book quizzes, book blind dates, book reviews and discounted book sales. Sounds fun, huh?

For me, the catcher for this event is that fact that there will be Jollof – proper Ghana Jollof! Books and Jollof is a match made in Ghana. Nothing can go wrong about this.

The event is powered by A Lady Who Loves To Read, One Page Inspiration, Mandate Books and Walking Books Resource. For further information, call 0243815725, 0543604894, 0241720936 or 0242808031.

See you there.

The Sankofa Sessions: A Ghanaian Literary Series:

Nana Asaase, under the auspices of Springfield Garden and Asaase Inscription, invites all writers to a Ghanaian creative exercise in continuum. It is an open mic event where writers stand to the mic to share their works.

I attended the first (or call it the pilot) of this event last year and it was a great event. The bit of this year’s that makes it cool for me is the fact that there is a special children’s corner therefore parents who have children who are interested in writing and literature can bring them to come and learn.

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Apart from this, there would be a “Senior Writer In Conversation” session. I don’t know who this would be but I can assure you it will be someone you would love to listen to.

You must sign up to perform so call this number: 027668890 to sign up and for any more details you may need about the event.

The Sankofa Sessions will come off on next Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Springfield Garden up the Aburi Hill. Make a date.

Book Launch – Unforgettable by Nesta Jojoe Erskine:

Nesta Jojoe Erskine launches his debut book on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the UDS Guesthouse in Accra from 3pm to 6pm.

In Unforgettable, Nesta Jojoe Erskine walks you through the subtle art of leaving a trace on the grounds that you walk. Drawing on the amazing life stories and lessons of people who have been able to leave their mark, Nesta exposes the forgotten little things in life one has to do to leave a mark on the hearts of people they have dealings with.  In the end, you’ll realize that you don’t have to be Dr. Kwame Nkrumah or Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King Jr. before you can leave a mark.

Nesta is an Occupational Health and Safety professional who loves to write. He’s also a trained speaker and social media enthusiast. His everyday desire is to build connection with every day people through sharing of stories, personal failures and the various victories life offers as we move along.

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Yours truly will be reading a review of the book at the event. Come and see me in action.

Contact Nesta on his social media pages (all handles are by his name) for further enquiries about the book launch and to get a copy for the book.

Book Launch – Highlife Time 3 by Prof. John Collins:

Highlife Time 3 traces the origins of highlife music and its adventures across the West African Coast, profiling pioneer musicians such as E.K. Nyame, Kobina Okai and E.T. Mensah. It includes information on palmwine music, adaha brass bands, concert party guitar bands and dance bands, right up to off-shoots such as Afro-rock, Afrobeat, burger highlife, gospel highlife, hiplife and contemporary highlife.

Published by DAkpabli & Associates in collaboration with Dr. Wereko-Brobby’s Anansesem Publications, Highlife 3 also discusses the past and present of Highlife music. The author, Prof. John Collins, is a retired lecturer of the Music department at the University of Ghana. He naturalised as a Ghanaian in 2008. Since 1969, Prof. John Collins has been active in the Ghanaian/West African music scene as a guitarist, band leader, music union activist, journalist, writer and archivist.

The new book is available in both e-book and paperback formats on Amazon, iBooks, Booknook.store (operating out of Ghana and selling paperbacks) and other online platforms globally.

Highlife Time 3 will be launched on July 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm at +233 Club House. It is however strictly by invitation.

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I hope our paths cross at any of these events. If they do, do not hesitate to say hi. I look forward to meeting you. Until then, continue to read, write and love. Keep in mind that it can only get better and we can only get better.

Cheers.

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