Publisher Profiles

Mdahalo Bridging Divides

Mdahalo Bridging Divides

Alice Wairimū Nderitū at Mdahalo Bridging Divides, Kenya talks with Stephanie Kitchen of the International African Institute, London about scholarly publishing in Kenya, women in publishing and about her path into the industry.  

University of Namibia Press

University of Namibia Press

UNAM Press publishes works on topics related to Namibia and the Southern African region, reflecting the strengths of the University and the best scholarship in and on Namibia and the region. Published and forthcoming titles include studies of culture and languages; nation building and democracy; education; law; social and political history; autobiographies; the environment and sustainable development.

Robert Berold, Deep South, South Africa

Robert Berold, Deep South, South Africa

Deep South was started in 1996 by Paul Wessels and Robert Berold [who took over as sole owner/publisher from 2004]. Our aim was to publish what we considered to be innovative and risk-taking South African poetry, regardless of market limitations. Innovation and depth continue to be the main criteria in the decisions to publish.

Shiraz Durrani and Kimani Waweru, Vita Books, Kenya

Shiraz Durrani and Kimani Waweru, Vita Books, Kenya

Vita Books was established in London, UK in 1986 to “publish progressive books on issues related with anti-imperialist struggles and with the establishment of just and democratic societies”. This remains its vision today. Over the years, Vita Books has worked with many progressive individuals and organisations.

Francis Nyamnjoh, Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group, Cameroon

Francis Nyamnjoh, Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group, Cameroon

The mission of Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group (Langaa RPCIG) is to contribute to the cultural development and renaissance of Africa. This is achieved by conducting research, providing training in research and writing, and publishing and promoting African scholarship and creative writing.

Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu, Kwara State University Press, Nigeria

Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu, Kwara State University Press, Nigeria

Who the Africans are and what they stand for must not be left for outsiders to tell. We want the African authors to tell their own narratives and interpret their own history in a way that would be appreciated by non-Africans. While doing so, they would be able to identify the Africans’ collective intelligence, creative ideas and aspirations.

- Professor Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu, Kwara State University Press.

vangile gantsho, impepho press, South Africa

vangile gantsho, impepho press, South Africa

Vangile Gantsho is a poet, healer, and co-founder of impepho press. Unapologetically a black woman, she has travelled the continent and the globe participating in literary events and festivals. gantsho is the author of two poetry collections: Undressing in Front of the Window (2015) and red cotton (2018). She holds an MA from the University Currently Known as Rhodes (2016) and was recently named one of Mail Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans of 2018.

Nick Mulgrew, uHlanga, South Africa

Nick Mulgrew, uHlanga, South Africa

uHlanga is South Africa's progressive poetry press. Founded in 2014 as an annual magazine of poetry from KwaZulu-Natal, uHlanga now focuses on publishing debut anthologies from the country's most promising young poets.

Michèle Betty and Joan Hambidge 	Dryad Press, South Africa

Michèle Betty and Joan Hambidge Dryad Press, South Africa

Recently, African Books Collective has grown, adding a wealth of poetry presses from South Africa. Founded in 2016, Dryad Press is one such press. Jatinder Padda speaks to founders and poets in their own right, Michèle Betty and Joan Hambidge.

Colleen Higgs, Modjaji Books, South Africa

Colleen Higgs, Modjaji Books, South Africa

Modjaji Books was started in 2007 by Colleen Higgs, it is an independent press that publishes the writings of Southern African women. Colleen talks to Stephanie Kitchen about running an independent feminist press in South Africa.

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