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Ghanaian writers' group launch second anthology issue

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

The Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series (CGWS) has launched its second anthology entitled 'How to Write My Country's Name'.

Afua Awo Twumwaah
Image cover by Afua Awo Twumwaah

This free digital anthology features a collection of poems and short stories authored by 31 Ghanaian writers.

The anthology tackles perspectives on socio-cultural, socio-economic and socio-political pre/post colonial Ghana.

It includes 'However Long the Night' by Fui Can-Tamakloe, which is written entirely in Pidgin and that looks through the lens of a university graduate. And S. Asamoah's 'Silence of the sheep' provides a novel look at the influence of the West and the symbolism behind the sheep. Meanwhile Yayra Bassah's 'I am not a tribe, I am human' is a sensitive look at the impact that bullying linked to tribalism has on a young girl.

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CGWS' managing editor said: "We are especially excited about the untapped, unpublished literary talent present in Ghana and we strive to discover and uncover them by presenting the new emerging generation of Ghanaian writers in a diverse mix yearly."

The first CGWS issue entitled 'To Grow in Two Bodies' was published in May 2019 and featured 35 writers living in Africa and in the diaspora including Tryphena Yeboah, Henneh Kyereh Kwaku, Nanya Kooper, Ibrahim Oga Et al.

With the success of this debut issue, it was immensely necessary to produce a follow up.

In May 2019,  Jay Kophy curated and published the anthology; to grow in two bodies. This anthology was the debut representation of a visionary's attempt at creating space for and showing the rich and diverse nature and work of the young contemporary Ghanaian writer there bringing to prominence Ghanaian literature and writing culture. 

Write My Country's Name II is curated by Jay Kophy and includes a foreward by Kwabena Agyare Yeboah. The cover art is by Afua Awo Twumwaah.

CGWS promotes the development of emerging Ghanaian writers through the publication of anthologies. The organisation aims to include Ghanaian writers from all cultural identities, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, education, ability, language, and religion.

Follow CGWS on Twitter @CGWSeries or visit here

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