dis• rup • tion /dɪsˈrʌp.ʃən/ [noun] Disturbance or
problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process.
genre-spanning anthology explores the many ways that we grow, adapt,
and survive in the face of our ever-changing global realities. In
these evocative, often prescient, stories, new and emerging writers
from across Africa investigate many of the pressing issues of our
time: climate change, pandemics, social upheaval, surveillance, and
a post-apocalyptic African village in Innocent Ilo’s “Before We
Die Unwritten,” to space colonization in Alithnayn Abdulkareem’s
“Static,” to a mother’s attempt to save her infant from a dust
storm in Mbozi Haimbe’s “Shelter,” Disruption
illuminates change around and within, and our infallible capacity for
hope amidst disaster. Facing our shared anxieties head on, these
authors scrutinize assumptions and invent worlds that combine the
fantastical with the probable, the colonial with the dystopian, and
the intrepid with the powerless, in stories recognizing our
collective future and our disparate present.
is the newest anthology from Short Story Day Africa, a non-profit
organization established to develop and share the diversity of
Africa’s voices through publishing and writing workshops.
by Jason Mykl Snyman, Karina M. Szczurek, and Rachel Zadok