The Open Society Initiative for West Africa is seeking applications for its Poets’ Residency. West African poets, of any age, residing in Africa are eligible to apply. The residency supports a poet who desires an Indaba in energetic Dakar, Senegal. The 4-day residency will be led by two African poets and culminate in the publishing of a poetry collection. Please click here for more information.
There are many young talented writers in Freetown, but no one’s read their stories because there are few publication houses. (See updates below)
Luisa Roberts, who stays at Newton, has been writing since she was six. She’s now 18. She said she must have written over a hundred pieces, but in the end, they all get tucked away in her cupboard or placed on top of a table as decoration. Luisa said her uncle always tells her she's wasting her time because her stories will never get published.
In 2014, Mabinty Dumbuya won second prize in a high school writing competition held by Dr. G. E. Hallowell, director of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corp.
Mabinty said she was quite proud that her essay on Ebola had won a prize. Since she started writing some years back that was the first time something good ever came out of it. Mabinty also said that she'd be happy if a publishing house is built in Freetown.
It's true there are no publishing houses in the city, but there is a Sierra …
From the harbour, a long sand-bank stretches across the entrance, or rather estuary, and it must be approached on the south point, on which is Carpenter's rock, to be seen at low water but covered at high, which ships safely avoid by taking a wide berth...The only danger to be apprehended is during the Tornado season, when such is its violence that ships are frequently driven from their anchors. The appearance of the Colony from sea is particularly marked by a high-peaked mountain, which, from its conical shape, is commonly called the “sugar-loaf” in the neighborhood of which are three other hills of minor attraction. The most elevated is seen above the clouds, and may be described at the distance of thirty or forty miles, perhaps more, long before the low land. (William Whitaker Shreeve. Sierra Leone: The Principal British Colony on the Western Coast of Africa, 1847 pp 21.).
Freetown's peninsula is about 18 miles long from north-west to south-east by about 12 broad. It lies bet…