The Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing workshop will have a new home this year.
Now in its 11th year, the workshop, which is organized by multiple award-winning Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will hold in Awka, Anambra State, from December 9 to December 14, 2019.
It has previously been held in Lagos. Alongside Chimamanda, sessions at past workshops have been facilitated by the late celebrated Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, the National Librarian of Norway Aslak Myhre, NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature winner Chika Unigwe, the Poet laureate of Scotland Jackie Kay, and the award-winning American novelist Dave Eggers.
The facilitators for this year include author, Eghosa Imasuen of Narrative Landscape Press, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, award-winning Zimbabwean writer and Lola Shoneyin, renowned author and director of Ake Literary Festival The workshop has over 200 alumni, including Miles Morland Writing Scholarship Recipient Eloghosa Osunde, Ayobami Adebayo, whose debut novel Stay With Me was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, Jowhor Ile, the first Nigerian winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, for his debut novel, And After Many Days, and Writivism Prize winners, Kelechi Njoku and Pemi Aguda.