n English in Africa - Children of the anthill : Nsukka and the shaping of Nigeria's 1960s literary generation
|Article Title||Children of the anthill : Nsukka and the shaping of Nigeria's 1960s literary generation|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Publication Date||May 2005|
|Pages||37 - 50|
As a marker, 1988 highlights the significant emergence in print of Nigeria's 1960s literary generation. One of the signal events of this year was the publication of Voices from the Fringe, an anthology of poems by hitherto-unpublished 'young' Nigerian poets. This publication was facilitated by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), with Odia Ofeimun as its secretary-general, and edited by Dr Harry Garuba. Earlier, Uche Nduka had edited the path-breaking volume Poets in their Youth, an anthology with the same tenor as Voices from the Fringe but less comprehensive in its representational scope. Beyond anthologization, 1988 was the year in which the ANA eased the publication of the Update Six - individual collections by six new Nigerian poets, published by Update Communications Ltd. Until then, the outlets for writers of the 1960s literary generation had mostly been readings at ANA meetings or conventions and the pages of ANA Review, the annual journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
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