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Dr Kate Wallis

Senior Lecturer in Global and World Literatures




My research examines contemporary African literature (emphasis on Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somaliland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Africa-based publishers and festivals, material cultures of the book and global literary networks.

I am also an editor and literary producer with 20-years experience of working in the publishing industry. I was previously Head of Humanities at Palgrave Macmillan, responsible for paperback publishing across history, literature, theatre and language. I worked for four years as an Editor and Producer at Kenya’s leading literary publisher Kwani Trust and am currently a Director for Kigali-based publishing company Huza Press

I co-founded and regularly curate workshops and festivals including producing Africa Writes in 2015 (the UK’s largest festival of African literature at the British Library) and founding and co-producing Africa Writes–Bristol and Africa Writes–Exeter. I am also part of the Steering Group for Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature programme and the University of Exeter’s Creative Industries Strategy Group.

I am Co-Director of University of Exeter's new MA Publishing programme. 

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  • Wallis K. (2019) Passeurs de mémoire populaire : Kwani Trust et les lieux de l’histoire, Itinéraires, no. 2019-1, DOI:10.4000/itineraires.5947. [PDF]
  • Wallis K. (2019) Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: Networks, Literary Activism and the Production of World Literature, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Wiley Blackwell.
  • Wallis K. (2019) Publishers’ Networks and the Making of 21st Century African Literature in English, Routledge Handbook of African Literature, Routledge, 413-428.



  • Wallis K. (2016) How Books Matter, Wasafiri, volume 31, no. 4, pages 39-46, DOI:10.1080/02690055.2016.1220698. [PDF]

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