I am so excited to be working with Deborah Ahenkorah on a venture to find, mentor and take to publication writers based in Africa. Lots of wonderful writers to meet and books to be read I am sure. Here is an article about what we are up to from Book Brunch. If you are a writer and are interested in taking part in this work do please drop us a line. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pushkin’s Sarah Odedina will work with Ghana-based publisher Deborah Ahenkorah to mentor and publish African children’s and YA fiction writers
Pushkin Children’s Books’ editor-at-large Sarah Odedina will work with Ghana-based publisher Deborah Ahenkorah, who has recently launched a children’s publishing house, African Bureau Stories, to mentor and publish writers of children’s and YA fiction based on the continent of Africa. The objective is ‘to encourage the wealth of talent and to get their work out to a worldwide readership.’
Working with Pushkin Press in the UK, Odedina and Ahenkorah will publish some of the works and others will be introduced to publishers around the world. Odedina currently runs workshops and a mentorship programme for BAME authors based in the UK, which is ACE funded. Ahenkorah is the founder of the Golden Baobab Prize, a pan-African literary award which has discovered and supported children’s authors and illustrators across Africa over the last 10 years.
Odedina (pictured) said: “This is the most wonderful opportunity to partner with Deborah who has led the way in publishing excellent books from African writers and to nurture new talent. The appetite for diverse authors and their stories is being driven by audiences in the UK and in America. To be able to bring to those readers books that draw on Africa and African experiences for their narratives, is a really exciting initiative.”
Ahenkorah said: “There is a very strong need for the global conversation about diverse books to include African children’s books written and illustrated by Africans. The children’s publishing industry in Africa is a hotbed of literary talent and we are thrilled through this partnership to be able to put such a global spotlight on the stories that are coming out from across Africa.”