Vienna African Writers Club
The Vienna African Writers (VAW) Club, founded and chaired by Prof Adams Bodomo (Professor of African Languages and Literatures at the University of Vienna), will organize monthly African Poetry Slams (i.e. African poetry readings and competitions), along with other literary activities.
African writing is conceptualized here to be any form of writing or related form of literary arts that addresses and expresses African themes and conditions, and is spoken, written, or performed in African languages or in any other languages.
These VAW activities will take place at various places in the city, including at the Department of African Studies or other places at the University of Vienna, at the Afro-Asian Institute in Vienna, and at various African and general restaurants in the city.
Aims of the Vienna African Writers Club (The VAW Club):
To promote African writing and other forms of African literary creations in the city of Vienna and beyond.
To encourage young people to develop their creative capabilities through participating in African poetry slams and other literary activities.
To promote African culture in Vienna and beyond.
To support and promote the African studies curriculum at the University of Vienna.
To create an atmosphere for young people all over the world to foster bonds of friendship and cross-cultural understanding through African literary activities.
Every Thursday in the 3rd week of the month from 7 pm till 9pm (unless otherwise stated).
Rules of the Game:
Some days are just for normal poetry readings and other literary activities without any competitions or a real poetry slam (i.e. a poetry reading competition).
For days with poetry slam (i.e. poetry reading competitions) or any other literary competitions, the Chair, Prof. Bodomo, or his representative will select three members of the audience to act as judges who will award marks for each piece of work read for the evening.
Competitors can only read their own poem or other original works (different from normal poetry slam reading days where one can read other people's poems).
Competitors will have no more than three minutes to read each work.
Immediately after each work is read the judges will have one minute to award marks from 0 to 10 for that reading.
Each competitor shall read up to a maximum of three pieces of work.
There will be three rounds of reading at the end of which the judges will compile their scores and the chair will announce the results.
The winners will normally include a literary champion of the night and two runners up, all three of which will get book and cash awards, the amount of which would be subject to funding availability.
A Vienna African Writing quarterly newsletter, the Daworo, and a Vienna African Poetry Journal, the Tumpanne, along with a Tumpanne Poetry Book Series, are planned for publication in the near future. The newsletter will serve to inform VAW Club members about news and happenings on the poetry scene in Vienna and other parts of the world. The poetry journal and its book series will publish peer-reviewed poems written by VAW members and non-members.
Admission to the creative writing competition is open and free (though membership to the Writing Club itself is by invitation). To qualify to read your poetry or take part in any literary activity for the following month, send no more than three of your own poems or other pieces of work to the organizers not later than two weeks to time. Competitors and audiences are responsible for their own meals and drinks during the literary evening.
Ms. Caroline Pajancic, Department of African Studies
Daworo. Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 3+4, December 2016 [pdf]
Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2016 [pdf]
Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2016 [pdf]
Volume 2, Issue 3+4, December 2015 [pdf]
Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2015 [pdf]
Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2015 [pdf]