LITERARY EVENTS IN ABUJA THIS WEEKEND: ALS BOOK JAM AND AWF GUEST WRITER SESSION

Hello! How are you doing? I can guess great.

Now, are you in Abuja this Friday (25th) and on Saturday (26th)? Well, are you looking for a place to chill out on Friday and/or Saturday evening(s)? Better still, are you a literary enthusiast in any form?

Now, whether your answer is YES or NO, you are in luck!

The Silverbird in collaboration with Abuja Literary Society Book Jam and Abuja Writers’ Forum’s Guest Writer Session are taking place this weekend! The venues and timing are as follows:

Silverbird Abuja Literary Society Book Jam
Venue: Lifestyle Stores, Silverbird Galleria, Central Area, Abuja
Date: Friday 25th October 2013 (and every last Friday of every month)
Time: 19:00hrs – 7pm.

 

Abuja Writers’ Forum’s Guest Writers’ Session
Venue: Nanet Suites, Beside Federal Secretariat, Central Area, Abuja
Date: Saturday 26th October 2013 (and every last Saturday of every month)
Time: 16:00hrs – 4pm,

 

THE SILVERBIRD/ABUJA LITERARY SOCIETY BOOK JAM

The Book Jam is an evening event that take place at the exclusive Lifestyle Stores of the Silverbird Galleria, one of Abuja’s hottest hang-out spot. The Galleria  is beside the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre which is adjacent the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers (Just saying!) You can check out the last BookJam here

The event is usually compered by Jide Atta, and of recent, different established poets/writers notably Reward Nsirim (author of Fresh Air and other short stories), master performance poet, Dike Chukwumerije; and yup, I had cause to be host on an occasion or two.  In addition to the lovely writers they usually bring and the beautiful environment, other attractions include winning cinema tickets to watch any movie of your choice at the Silverbird Cinema. How? There are several ways and the different hosts do it differently depending on how many tickets are up for grabs. Compulsorily though, there’s usually a raffle for those who bought books of the guest writers. You could win from coming early – be among the first three; winning one of the small writing challenges and the like. The audience is usually a mixture of celebrities and writers including Eddie Iroh, Kabura Zakama, Chinyere Obi-Obasi and expatriates e.t.c. The Book Jam has featured writers/personalities like Mrs. Eugenia Abu, Nze Sylva Ifedigbo, Reward Nsirim, Iquo Diana Abasi, Olugbemiga Ojo, Nnamdi Eboh, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Caine Prize Shortlist 2013) and the like.

This October session has on the menu, one of the top three finalists of the 2013 NLNG Prize for Literature Amu-Nnadi Chijioke. He would be reading from his new poetry collection Through The Window of A Sandcastle. Also making an appearance is lawyer, playwright and novelist R. C Offordile , author of the prose fiction Thou Shall Not.

 

Note that the Abuja Literary Society meets every, 1st Friday of the month at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, 7 p.m; Second Friday @ Silverbird Entertainment Centre Abuja 7pm, Third Fridays @ Salamander Cafe, Abuja; BookJam holds every Last Friday of the month at Silverbird Entertainment Centre Abuja 6pm; Abuja Poetry Slam (performance Poetry competition) holds in March, June, September, and the Grand Slam will be in December. Special Guest writers will normally feature at the First Friday readings @ the Hilton. Special workshops, retreats and exchanges are part of our programmes. ALS can help you with manuscript editing ,organize a book presentation, marketing or special literary nights/events.
For more information, you can send a text to Chinelo: 08067958680; Ken: 0803-155-2555; or Victor: 0803-311-7246.

 

THE ABUJA WRITERS’ FORUM GUEST WRITER SESSION (Google it…)

This event has grown from simply being a guest writer session to a guest artiste session. This year alone it has featured award winning and skilled writers including Musa Idris Okpanachi, Obari Gomba, Obemata; the photographer Numero Unoma; the economist Tope Fasua, (I actually read with the last two); the film directors and producers, Ishaya Bako and Kasham Keltuma. Past guests at the writer session and/or workshops include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Uwem Akpan, Richard Ali, Gimba Kakanda to mention a few.

The audience is always a rich selection of the literati with regulars like the regular Dr. Kabura Zakama, Mike Ekunno.

The event is usually hosted by Dr. Emman Shehu, the President of the Abuja Writers’ Forum with assistance from the acting Secretary, Elvis Iyorngurum.

Each Guest Writer Session keeps evolving such that sessions now include live viewing of short documentaries and movies like Ishaya Bako’s ‘Fuelling Poverty’, photo exhibition from various artistes; musical presentations from artistes like Tokunbo Edwards, David Adzer. The AWF is renowned for creating events that set the pace leaving audiences thrilled. There’s usually a raffle in every guest writer session where members of the audience win fantastic prizes.

For October 2013, two budding Amazons,  Hajo Isa and Ananga Stella Iyimoga,  working in poetry and film will feature at  the Guest Writer Session of the Abuja Writers Forum (AWF). Hajo has been a guest at the event previously and would be set to exploit her charm and talent to entertain the audience. Ananga Stella Iyimoga would present a feature film “For Love or Country”,  which  tells the story of  Bala, a Nigerian,  a Medical Doctor based in the UAE who is frustrated with Nigeria intends to settle in the UAE. He proposes to his girlfriend Kemi also a Nigerian studying in the UAE, but she has plans to return to Nigeria to make a contribution to its development and wishes Bala would do the same…. There would be a fashion exhibition too and soooo much more. Remember the venue is Nanet Suites, Beside the Federal High Court in the Central Business District of Abuja. Time is 16:00hrs (4:00pm) to 19:00hrs (7:00pm).

Read more on the October event here

 

The Abuja Writers’ Forum meets every Sunday (except for the last Sunday reserved for the Guest Writer Session Saturday) for its critique session by 16:00hrs (4:00pm) to 19:00hrs (7:00pm). The critique session affords writers the chance to share their works with fellow writers and get their response to it. The Guest Writer Session holds every last Saturday. Call

Abdullahi Abubakar,
Public Relations Officer (PRO),
AbujaWriters’ Forum (AWF),
Abuja.

08034519159
abujawriters@gmail.com
Oh well, I hope you get there safe and in time.  Much to be won, much to be expected…. Cheers!
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