London’s first literary festival celebrating Ghanaian and Nigerian literature and their cultural landscapes

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Journey to West Africa for Litro Magazine’s latest #WorldSeries instalment – an inaugural Literary Weekender – to explore the cultural and literary landscapes of Ghana & Nigeria: a Literary Highlife.

The four-day Literary Weekender will be kicked off on the 25th May by the actor Clarke Peters, who will be joined by an array of actors and writers for a special reading in St James’s Square. This event is supported by the London Library and Vlisco.

The Litro Magazine World Series has fast become London’s celebration of the most dynamic emerging and established literary stars from around the globe. Each edition is especially curated to pair dynamic individual voices with bold and cross- cultural themes.

Litro Magazine itself forms an exciting read for anyone who loves travelling through the power of the written word and the art of the story.


We have combined emerging and established artists, writers, poets, curators, speakers and trend-setters for our weekender:

Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, Margaret Busby OBE, actor Clarke Peters, hotly tipped by Vogue Magazine Ghanaian trendsetting curator Lucy Adjoa Armah, writer and cultural commentator Ekow Eshun, Costa Book Award shortlisted Patrice Lawrence, Chef and founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Zoe Adjonyoh, Sharmaine Lovegrove, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Inua Ellams, Nii Parkes, Professor Ato Quayson, Theresa Lola, Victoria- Anne Bulley, Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi , Irenosen Okojie, with music from Ghana-based spoken-word artist Poetra Asantewa, and more to be announced.

“I am very pleased to be a part of the Litro Magazine Literary Highlife festival, an exciting world first, a literary festival celebrating Ghana & Nigeria’s literary and cultural landscape” Yinka Shonibare

“Well Litro was the start of good things for me….I have had a novel published and nominated for a few awards….I also went on to write a pilot for Channel 4’s comedy Lab series called Kickass” Nikesh Shulka

The Weekender Events:
• 25th May, 12:30 to 1:30pm Escape for a lunch break with a difference Words in the Square @ St.

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