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Published Works

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2015-2023 Fiction: 'Land of Light' : 'Imagine Africa 500' speculative fiction anthology (2015/2016) (Speculative Fiction). 8,000 words. Read more...   (Malawi) 'Veiled ':  2016 'Beneath This Skin' Edition of Aké Review (2016) (Fiction). 1,450 words.  Read here...   (Nigeria) 'Water' : 'The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol.2' anthology (2017) (Fiction). 3,100 words.  Available on Amazon  (South Africa) 'Sub Migratio' : the debut edition of Enkare Review (2017) (Speculative Fiction). 3,500 words.  Read here...   (Kenya) 'Inktober' : 2018 edition of 'The Bloody Parchment' (2018) (SF/Horror). 1,250 words.  Available on Amazon .  (South Africa) 'The Girl with Two Bodies' : The Kalahari Review (Nov 2018) (Fantasy). 7,050 words.  Read here...  (South Africa) 'Journal of a DNA Pirate' : Volume 3 of 'AfroSF' (Dec 2018) (SF). 8,150 words.   Available on Amazon etc. 'W

The Celestial Machine – Commission

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 A recent commission: The Celestial Machine This was interesting and fun to create. The client ( seeing some of my recent work ) wanted a type of machine schematic but with specific themes. With their Zimbabwean heritage, they wanted to somehow incorporate the Matsatse/Venus elements from the Dhlo-dhlo monolith – an artefact which records the movement of Venus. I included the pattern-path the planet Venus takes “around” Earth as a design element in the background and expanded from that idea of vectors and movement with other elements from southern African motifs. Some references From the full colour finished art, I gave options for duo tone and black and white versions.

Mothersound Anthology 2023 BSFA Award Finalist

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  The British Science Fiction Association announced the shortlist for the 2023 BSFA Awards, with  Mothersound; The Sauútiverse Anthology  a finalist in the BEST COLLECTIONS category!  The overall nominations is such a great display of work from everyone involved in so many great projects!  #BSFAAwards2023 BEST COLLECTIONS: (FINALIST) Mothersound: The Sauutiverse Anthology , Wole Talabi (ed)   See the full shortlist of fantastic works for 2023. ORIGINAL NOMINATED/LONGLIST: The British Science Fiction Association announced the longlist for the 2023 BSFA Awards, including three of my stories and my artwork ( Mothersound  anthology). And The Sauúti Collective rightly getting a good number of nominations! The overall nominations is such a great display of work from everyone involved in so many great projects!  #BSFAAwards2023 Short Fiction: (LONGLISTED) Soyinka's Memory  – Stephen Embleton –  The Shallow Tales Review  – Nzube Nlebedim (ed) Taking Turns  – Stephen Embleton –  Languages o

4x BSFA Nominations – Longlist Announced

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The British Science Fiction Association announced the longlist for the 2023 BSFA Awards, including three of my stories and my artwork ( Mothersound anthology). And The Sauúti Collective rightly getting a good number of nominations! The overall nominations is such a great display of work from everyone involved in so many great projects!  Short Fiction: Soyinka's Memory – Stephen Embleton – The Shallow Tales Review – Nzube Nlebedim (ed) Taking Turns – Stephen Embleton – Languages of Water, MVmedia – Eugen Bacon (ed)  Shorter Fiction (Novella): Undulation – Stephen Embleton – Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology  – Wole Talabi (ed), Android Press Undulation – Stephen Embleton Artwork: Cover and interior art of Mothersound The Sauúti Collective anthology – proud to be joined with Akintoba Kalejaye – Android Press BEST COLLECTIONS (I am involved in above): - Languages of Water , Eugen Bacon (ed), MVmedia (Milton Davis) - Mothersound: The Sauutiverse Anthology , Wole Talabi (e

ANNOUNCED: Bloomsbury Academic Acquires Essay Anthology

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  Great to part of this! Thanks, to Eugen Bacon, who initiated this over a year ago: Bloomsbury Academic will be publishing this essay anthology covering a HUGE range of topics and insights within Afro-Centred Futurisms, including my essay “Cosmologies and Languages Building Africanfuturism”. Afro-Centered Futurisms in Our Speculative Fiction is an accessible work of criticism that will appeal to scholarly readers and broader enthusiasts of Afrocentric and speculative literature.  British Fantasy Award winner Eugen Bacon (ed.)'s AFRO-CENTERED FUTURISMS IN OUR SPECULATIVE FICTION, an anthology of original artistic essays infused with creative excerpts from award-winning African writers on the futurisms in their speculative fiction; a new kind of African study in an evaluative gaze at African history, African spirituality, Afrosurrealism, 'becoming', black radical imagination, cultural identity, decolonizing queerness, myths, linguistic cosmologies, and more, featuring an int

The Art of Sauúti

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Sauúti is an all-round creative collective, encouraging any manner of creative expression to represent this shared-world we have created. Check out more on the released  Mothersound: The Sauúti Anthology here. It was great to be able to write as well as create art (including the co-created anthology cover design) for mine and others' stories in the final "Mothersound: The Sauúti Anthology" . And the perfect opportunity for me to play with varying styles and techniques. Impudu-pudu (lightning bird) The Impudu-pudu lightning bird Eugen Bacon created an awesome giant lightning bird called the impudu-pudu. At the time, I was playing with my physical rolled ink work (scanned from 2019) and using them digitally. This was the perfect style to try something textural and visceral for this sequence of Eugen's story  “Sina, The Child With No Echo”. Here is the layered illustration. Layered elements for the Impudu-pudu bird – rolled ink The Way of Baa’gh The crab-like creatures

RELEASED: Mothersound Anthology

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The day finally came! Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology released on 21 November 2023. The entire Sauúti Collective are overjoyed and relieved and excited to have this out in the world and available in both print and ebook in the US and UK, through Android Press and Luna Press respectively. AUDIO BOOK COMING SOON. I had the privilege of creating 5 art pieces for various stories (including my own: Undulation ), and assisting Akintoba Kalejaye with the cover design and title design: Purchase copies of Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology here: Amazon – paperback and ebook/Kindle Amazon UK – paperback and ebook Barnes & Noble – paperback View and Review on Goodreads Check out some of the blurbs so far: The starred review on Publisher's Weekly : "This shared-world anthology from (Wole) Talabi stands out for both its cross-genre reach and the immense scope of its ambitions. ...this feels like the start of something monumental." “𝙈𝙊𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙎𝙊𝙐𝙉𝘿: 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙖

Africa Writes 2023 – The Sauútiverse

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It was such a great venue at the British Library and an eager Africa Writes audience listening to Cheryl Ntumy, Wole Talabi, Jude Umeh and myself talk about the The Sauúti Collective and our awesome project on 1 October 2023. Jude Umeh and I Great questions at the end (cutting many short as we were over time) ⏱️ And then some speaking to us afterwards — showing we have a good thing for everyone to join in on!  A great Q&A We spoke about The Sauúti Collective 's nearly two-year journey beginning with Brittle Paper and Syllble to the Mothersound anthology ( Android Press ) coming soon and our project which is beyond what we imagined with people eager to read AND participate in its future.  🪐✨🚀 Myself, Desta Haile, Jude Umeh and Nwora Emenike My books! Wole's book! My book! Desta Haile introducing Jude and I on stage and getting ready And we're off... Fun after The fantastic photography socials team! Signing Bones & Runes is always special Good chats, good food! J