Why East Africa still remains a literary dwarf

Writer James Currey (front) poses with his book Africa Writes Back together with other African writers (from left) Taban Lo Liyong, Laban Erapu, Walter Bgoya and Majorie Oludhe McGoye at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

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None of East African writers made it to the shortlist of the 14 novels to represent Africa in the competition that brings together writers from Britain and her former colonies

East Africa, condemned in the 1960s by Taban lo Liyong as a “literary desert”, has once again registered a poor showing at the Commonwealth Writing Prize because of poor editing and over reliance on donor funding, literary critics, publishers, and novelists have observed.

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