Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our Favourite Websites of 2009

One of the advantages of the internet is that you can read and read until you are tired of reading. Overtime, we have developed great love for some websites for different reasons. Do you have any fav literary sites? Any interesting websites we should know about? You can add to the list. There are loads more but here are ten of our favourite websites:

African Writer: This is the budding writer's hub for literature from Africa. There seems to be a preference for Nigerian literature though. One of the websites you should consider submitting you works to. Who knows? You can be published on African Writer.

Postal Poetry: Simple and beautiful website with poetry post cards. A good site to lazy around with good poems.

Language Hat: Read about different essays about impressions and issues about different languages. Here's their favourite rave review: "Evidence that the internet is not as idiotic as it often looks. This site is called Language Hat and it deals with many issues of a linguistic flavor. It's a beacon of attentiveness and crisp thinking, and an excellent substitute for the daily news."

Literature Training:  This is the writer's zone when it comes to submission news, professional development (as a writer), jobs and opportunities, funding of every kind. Not forgetting their e-newsletter. In short, it's a site for every writer-in-training.

Sentinel Poetry: Good poetry, Sentinel Competitions and things just got hotter with the Sentinel Nigeria Online.

StoryMoja: Kenyan and very African website for up-to-date literary gist from that end. They always come up with very interesting ways to make literature accessible--from competition news, to prompt writing contests, events news, advice for writers and of course the free stories. I so love the accessible web layout.

African Cities Reader: I am always thrilled by African cities. This tells us different things at the same time. On the website, it says "In many senses African cities are amongst the most generative and vibrant places on the planet. Yet, we know next to nothing about what goes on in the places. Not that there is any shortage of caricature, hyperbole or opinion about what makes African cities such quintessential spaces of dystopia and atrophy. We believe that a range of interventions that seek to engage the shape-shifting essence of African cities are long overdue and present this modest initiative as one contribution to a larger movement of imagination to redefine the practical workings of the African city."

Chimurenga:  Staying true to their slogan 'Who no Know go Know'. Trust me, you just need to read parts of their issues, past and present online. And of course buy them. Chimurenga boasts of high quality writing. And quite fun to read.

3Quirks Daily: Visit this website for interesting reads from around the web on a daily basis. And this isn't limited to literature but science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything fascinating. They stay true to giving you a one-stop intellectual surfing experience!
Poets and Writers: Poets and Writers will take you from inspiration to publication. There are articles to read from various websites; you have a comprehensive guide to getting an MA; and there are tools for writers. This website should be bookmarked on your computer.

1 comment:

  1. What about I think people should really check them out as a very good source of contemporary prose from all over Africa.
    Then there is, also for prose.