CRP joins Institut Francais for literary festival

The Institut Français in Nigeria will be hosting “A Vous de Lire” (For You to Read), its annual celebration of books and reading, from the 26th to the 28th of May at the French Cultural Centre in Abuja.

In collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) - Abuja Chapter, the RAW Initiative and Cassava Republic Press, the Institut Francais will present three days of literary workshops, exhibitions and other exciting events designed to promote a love of reading and writing in Nigeria. There will be a special series of programmes for children on the 26th and 27th of May in celebration of Children’s Day.

Participation is free and open to the public. Lovers of literature are encouraged to come and bring their friends and families. The French Cultural Centre is located at 52, Libreville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

Schedule of Activities:

Thursday May 26

7 pm:  Manuscript Night

Amateur writers, playwrights and poets will read excerpts from their unpublished manuscripts before a panel of professional writers, editors and publishers who will offer helpful advice and critiques. Come and get a glimpse of the writer’s life.

Friday May 27

7 pm: Cinelivre/Cinebook

The French Cultural Centre will host a showing of “Vipère au Poing” (Viper in the Fist), a movie adapted from the novel by Hervé Bazin. This event is free and open to the general public.

Saturday May 28

10:00 am to 5:00 pm: Book Fair

Browse through a wide selection of African writing for children and adults from booksellers from around the country. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your books signed by the authors.

11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Book Quiz

Come and test your knowledge of literature and history in this fun book contest organised by ANA. Interesting prizes to be won.

11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Storytelling Corner

Join author and storyteller Teresa Ameh as she weaves tales to delight young and old alike.

11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Romance Writing Workshop

Learn how to avoid the traps of “traditional romance,” as well as how to spot clichéd dialogue, overused plotlines and stereotypical characters. To apply, email a 1,500-word sample of your best romantic fiction to: Please include “Workshop” as the subject of the email, your name, the title of the story and your phone number.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Literary Picnic: “The book that changed my life”

Come with your friends, family, a blanket, a food basket and an excerpt from the book that changed your life. Share your passion with others and enjoy a fun evening of discussions, laughter and music.

For more information,visit: or  contact:

0803 649 7936, 0703 456 9778, 0809 831 3250


  • Why the bemusement?. With it being Nigeria’s juieble anniversary, Nigeria’s on the radar for international programme makers. Over the last year or so, numerous creatives would have presented various ‘Nigeria Ideas’ to the BBC for funding.Maybe if the NFC, NTA or the Rebranding Nigeria department invested effort, money and good sense into quality film/TV education and production, there might be room on the international scene for programmes produced by Nigerians creatives. Until then, our stories will continue to be told by visitors.

    Posted by Heba on August 07, 2013

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