Art Connects Us: Open call for research grants in Sub-Saharan Africa

| by Matt Beavers

Find out more about the open call for the UK literature organisations to connect with young writers and literature professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK literature sector and young writers and literature professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as building connections, we aim to expand knowledge of contemporary African writing in the UK with a view to more work from Sub-Saharan Africa being read and experienced by UK audiences.


With this in mind we are seeking expressions of interest from UK organisations working in literature to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa and conduct research through the ‘Art Connects Us’ grants. The trips should take place between April and July 2018.

Research may take the form of meeting with potential literature partners; finding out more about the literature ecosystem in a particular country or countries; gaining an understanding of trends in literature in Sub-Saharan Africa; meeting writers and/or attending events and festivals with a view to programming work in the UK.

The countries covered under the programme (in which the British Council operates) are:

Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Deadline for entries is 18:00 on the 11th February 2018

Download the full criteria:  ART-CONNECTS-US-RESEARCH-GRANTS-OPEN-CALL.pdf

Kigali Public Library shelves c Matt Beavers

Bookshelves in the Kigali Public Library photographed by Matt Beavers

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