Storymoja Festival 2017 seeks your artist applications
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Storymoja Festival 2017 seeks your artist applications

Storymoja Festival 2017 seeks your artist applications for this year’s festival with its “Black Peace” theme. The festival runs from 27th September to 1st October 2017. The Storymoja Festival has been an important space for the Kenyan creative community over the last decade. It has been hosting up to 9,000 guests to experience some of […]

Awele Creative Trust unveils ACT AWARD 2016 longlist
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Awele Creative Trust unveils ACT AWARD 2016 longlist

The Awele Creative Trust has unveiled its ACT AWARD 2016 longlist of thirteen writers. This is for entries made from September 1 – December 1, 2016. Awele Creative Trust (ACT) is a non-profit trust formed in 2013 to provide a platform and enabling environment for creative young persons in Nigeria through literature and arts. Previous winners […]

Meet the mentors of Writivism 2017
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Meet the mentors of Writivism 2017

Writivism has unveiled its mentors for 2017. Those mentoring in English will be, Chuma Nwokolo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Dami Ajayi, Yewande Omotoso, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Emmanuel Iduma, Karen Jennings, and Lidudumalingani. In French mentoring will be done by Richard Ali, Marcus Boni TEIGA, and Pierre Cherruau. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, […]

Throwback Thursday; South African author Miriam Tlali
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Throwback Thursday; South African author Miriam Tlali

In the second of our Throwback Thursday Series, we shine a light on South African novelist Miriam Tlali. Miriam Masoli Tlali was born in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand until it was closed to Blacks during the apartheid era. She later went to the National University of Lesotho (then called […]

Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 seeks your submissions (East Africa only)
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Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 seeks your submissions (East Africa only)

The Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 which is set to happen in the middle of the year seeks your submissions. The Nyanza Literary Festival started last year and it was an interesting concept that was done by a team led by Kenyan born New York based Jakki Kerubo. The festival aimed to elevate engagement in the […]

Grill N Read announce new Readers Awards 2017 (Nigeria only)
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Grill N Read announce new Readers Awards 2017 (Nigeria only)

The Speech House International, initiators of Grill-And-Read programme, announced a call for nominations for the inaugural G&R Annual Readers’ Awards  (GaRARA) on 26th January 2016. The awards seek to recognise the contributions of the reading community to the socioeconomic development of the nation. The awards also recognises that readers occupy a position of influence in […]

Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma for Kenya in March
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Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma for Kenya in March

Nigerian visual artist, writer, and photographer Victor Ehikhamenor and South African theatre director, writer, and performance poet Koleka Putuma will share a stage at the Goethe in Kenya this March. Something is happening in Kenya’s capital as more writers and poets from across the continent come through to showcase their work to an audience hungry […]

Throwback Thursday: Kenyan writer and doctor Margaret Ogola
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Throwback Thursday: Kenyan writer and doctor Margaret Ogola

  In the first of our Throwback Thursday segment here at JamesMurua.com, we shed a light on Kenyan writer and Dr Margaret Ogola. Dr Margaret Atieno Ogola who was a Kenyan paediatrician and the creative force behind the novel The River and the Source, and its sequel, I Swear by Apollo. The River and the […]