It’s a new month and I am giddy with excitement. It’s probably because next month marks my second anniversary as a columnist with this newspaper. I am grateful for the journey, appreciative of the lessons I have learned and thankful for how the opportunity has also shaped my life. I am also thankful to all of you who read this column or have read it at any point in time, especially those of you who send emails to encourage me. Thank you!
Well, November is still a few days away and if God wills and we live to see that month, we shall celebrate the feat in grand style. For now, let’s talk about October and what’s up in the month.
It’s turning out to be a month filled with a lot of literary activities, especially in Accra. My aim today is to share as many of these events space would allow me with you. I encourage you to take note of the schedule and attend as many of these events as you can.
For the sake of those who may not want to read to the end, 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 provide 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 general 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 pertaining to 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 general 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 encourage you to share this information with as many people who may be interested in it. Contact me via my email below if you need more information about any of these events.
Until I come your way again next week, continue to live, love, read and write. It can only get better and we can only get better. Top of the month to you!