The first day of Yari Yari Ntoaso was simply amazing. I hope to post pictures and a summary of the day’s events over the weekend.
Here’s the schedule for today:
Friday, 17 MAY
9:00am-5:00pm: Book Tables & Vendors
9:30-11:00am: Roundtable: Getting the Work out (for emerging authors)
Writers, editors, and administrators discuss the many venues through which emerging authors can put their work in front of readers.
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Latasha N Nevada Diggs (USA); Kadija George (Sierra Leone/UK); Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ghana/UK); Martin Egblewogbe (Ghana)
Moderator: Tara Betts (USA)
11:00am-12:15pm: Ghanaian Writers & Scholars in Conversation
Authors and scholars discuss their work and the current literary scenes in Ghana.
Amma Darko (Ghana); Faith Ben-Daniels (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana); Demay Ackah-Yensu
Moderator: Doris Dartey
12:15-1:30pm – Lunch – Visit the book tables and vendors, and network!
1:30-1:45pm – Author Portrait Slide Show Presentation: “Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora” – African Premiere!
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (USA)
2:00-3:15pm: African & Diaspora Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Now & in the Future
Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana), Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria), Michelle Martin & Rachelle Washington (USA), Esi Sutherland-Addy (Ghana)
3:30-4:45pm: Authors & Action
How authors respond to environmental and man-made disasters.
Angelique Nixon (Bahamas/USA); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Hermine Pinson (USA); Eintou Pearl Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Dzodzi Tsikata (Ghana)
Moderator: Ira Dworkin (USA/Egypt)
5:00-6:30pm: Tribute to the Life, Writing, & Activism of Jayne Cortez (1934-2012)
7-8:30: Pan-African Writers Association and Ghana Association of Writers Reception, Reading & Open Mic
At PAWA House; address: Roman Road, Roman Ridge, Accra
Hosted by PAWA Secretary General Atukwei Okai, Featuring Natalia Molebatsi, Angelique V. Nixon, Hermine Pinson, & Ghanaian authors TBA