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Times up for Miles Morland 2013 scholars: What’s next?

All eyes are now Miles Morland 2013 scholars on Percy Zvomuya, Doreen Baingana and Tony Mochama. After enjoying the prestige of being the first scholars and the attendant goodies that goes with it like, well, the money, and the rest of it the real work begins. In case you have forgotten, Doreen Baingana from Uganda […]

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Writivism 2015 kicks off with creative writing workshop in Botswana

Botswana writer Lauri Kubuitsile and actor Donald Molosi were the folks who started off the biggest edition of Writivism 2015 with a creative writing workshop at the National museum in Gaberone, Botswana. Kenyans will fondly remember Lauri Kubuitsile for the period when she was in town for the 2012 of the Storymoja Hay Festival. Kubitsile […]

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The Whispering Trees by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim gets makeover

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is one of those writer types; the ones that make the rest of us mortals look like we are not serious with our lives. The man writes prose, poetry and plays. You heard that right. He rights in all the genres that the Nigerian Literature Prize hands out prizes in. Except children’s […]

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Okey Ndibe salutes Ngugi Wa Thiongo on his birthday

In case you missed it, Monday was Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s birthday or as this toddler I know (OK, its really me), it was his “happy birthday.” Kenya’s most famous literary son was born on 5 January 1938 in Kamiriithu, near Limuru, Kiambu County, the fifth child of the third of his father’s four wives. So […]

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Petina Gappah’s The Book of Memory out in August

We all loved Pettina Gappah’s first book An Elegy for Easterly which won the Guardian first book award in 2009. It was a short story collection that can make you believe. If you have read Elegy you will see that the writer was working on her new novel The Book Of Memory. For those who […]

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Daystar Creatives 2015 guest list gets bigger

I talked about the Daystar Creatives 2015 last year. This is a project where students of Daystar University get to meet up with writers, media personalities, bloggers, publishers and editors for several weeks. The idea is for them to learn how to make a career from being a creative in Kenya. The Daystar Creatives will […]

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A partnership between Kampala and Bremen writers

Kenyans will be familiar with a partnership in the last few years called BLNRB. This project involved artists, of the musical kind, from between Kenya city Nairobi and German city Berlin. The project involved the two sets of artists collaborating and fashioning an album and touring in the two countries. The Germans have struck again […]

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JamesMurua.com stats disabuse Ben Okri assertions

So this is my first blog of the new year after a self imposed break to chill out and recharge my batteries. While I was drinking and eating excessively in different parts of Nairobi, it seems like the biggest story out there came from the fallout from Ben Okri’s A mental tyranny is keeping black […]