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Poda-Poda Stories Fellowship

  • Amount funded: £7,850
  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Locations: Sierra Leone
  • Grant stream: Creative grants

Sierra Leonean voices are not often represented in global literature and global literary discourse. Therefore, Poda-Poda Stories creates a uniquely carved space for Sierra Leonean writers at home and in the diaspora to publish their work.

Project partners
Poda-Poda Stories
The Young Sierra Leonean
Yak Jones Foundation
Sierra Leone Writers Series
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How we are helping

The project is supporting writers’ development in Sierra Leone via the Poda-Poda Stories fellowship project.

About the project

The Poda-Poda Stories fellowship project is a community development project that aims to train a young Sierra Leonean (ages 18-35) on the basics of the publication and literary arts world. The focus is to intellectually stimulate young people on the importance of the literary arts to help build a better Sierra Leone.

The fellowships function within the three pillars of learning, support, and implementation where the fellows will learn the basics of editing and publishing while honing their writing skills via workshops. Under the pillar of support, the fellows would gain hands-on experience with their administrative support of the Poda-Poda Stories staff in addition to assistance with social media content creation. The final pillar requires that the fellows develop and implement a project which will be the capstone of the fellowship.

Project Partners
Poda-Poda Stories

Poda-Poda Stories is a Sierra Leonean literary platform that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary criticism by emerging and established Sierra Leonean writers. By conducting interviews with established Sierra Leonean authors, and publishing the work of emerging writers, it aims to highlight and document the literary work of Sierra Leoneans for posterity.

The Young Sierra Leonean

The Young Sierra Leonean Young Salone works to increase the visibility of Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans both at home and in the diaspora, and change the narrative through the arts.

Yak Jones Foundation

Yak Jones Foundation is a literary organisation based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, focused on early learning and reading for primary school children.

Sierra Leone Writers Series

Sierra Leone Writers Series is a local publisher of Sierra Leonean fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and essays.

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