Inua Ellams shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize

African Poetry Prize shortlist announced
Top Row – Mary-Alice Daniel , Selina Nwulu , Emmanuel Oppong, Inua Ellams, Nadra Mabrouk — Bottom Row – Omotara James, K. Eltinae, Afua Ansong, Sherry Shenoda, Jamila Osman

Poetry Society Member Inua Ellams is among poets from five African nations who have been shortlisted for the seventh Brunel International African Poetry Prize.

The £3000 prize is open to African poets worldwide who have not yet published a full poetry collection and the judges this year are Matthew Shenoda from Egypt, Leila Chatti from Tunisia and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers from South Africa.

The shortlist:

Afua Ansong (Ghana)
Mary-Alice Daniel (Nigeria)
Inua Ellams (Nigeria)
K. Eltinae (Nubian Sudan)
Omotara James (Nigeria)
Nadra Mabrouk (Egypt)
Selina Nwulu (Nigeria)
Emmanuel Oppong (Ghana)
Jamila Osman (Somalia)
Sherry Shenoda (Egypt)

The winner will be announced on 30 May 2019. Founder of the prize Prof Bernardine Evaristo has seen the quality of poetry increase exponentially each year, and says it now attracts an diverse assortment of new poets with their own differing styles and thematic interests. The prize works closely with Kwame Dawes and the African Poetry Book Fund in the USA, who have previously published many of the shortlisted authors in their chapbook series as a stepping stone towards producing a full publication.

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25 March 2019