The Birds on the Lakeshore
In September 2018, the Goethe Institut announced a new project for writers of young adult fiction on the continent. The project called AfroYoung Adult, coordinated by publisher and novelist Zukiswa Wanner, aimed at shining a light on fiction for young adults, a demographic often ignored in writing circles. To this end, the Goethe-Institut invited aspiring African writers interested in writing for Young Adults to submit short stories in Kiswahili, English or French.
These stories from the oldest continent and home of the world´s youngest population range from the fantastical to ruminations of youth during conflict, the unknowability of death as seen through yound adult eyes, to the perennial questions around family, friendship and sexual awakening.
Despite the diverse themes, the stories in this historic anthology of African young adult fiction speak with voices that anyone who is or has been a teenager will be familiar with: voices that are at times assertive, sometines uncertain, but always aware of a world around them.