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Writers make it a memorable Sunday Salon

That Eric Wainaina place that used to be called Kifaru Gardens and is now called Elephant House was where all the roads led to on Sunday afternoon for the literary inclined for Sunday Salon. The Sunday Salon is an event where literature fans got to hear writers read their own work in a relaxed environment. […]

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Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature 2013

The fifth annual Golden Baobab Prize, a literary award that invites entries of unpublished African-inspired stories written for young audiences below the age of twelve is here. The mission of the Golden Baobab Prize is to inspire African writers to create enthralling African stories that will inspire the imaginations of generations of African children. Your […]

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Two Kenyans on announced Kwani Manuscript prize short list

The Kwani Trust was started a over decade ago to ensure that literature from this part of the world grew. Their latest attempt at this is the Kwani Manuscript Prize supported by Lambent Foundation and Ford Foundation which saw those who entered get a chance to win the following prizes; 1st Prize: 300 000 KShs […]

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Anyone for a literal Day of the African Child?

Today is the Day of the African Child. For those not in the know this is the day in 1976 when a bunch of kids in Soweto decided that they won’t learn in Africaans in schools and went to the streets to protest. Now the children of Soweto and all South Africa have the opportunity […]

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The Olare Mara Kempinski library; opportunities abound.

Last year, I visited one of the most beautiful wildlife destinations on the planet; The Maasai Mara. At that place I was a guest at the Olare Mara Kempinski which is in the Olare Orok Conservancy. Suffice to say that the place is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of staying; […]

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Introducing the Etisalat Africa prize for literature

Alrighty folks. Here is another prize for you to try and get your mitts on if you fancy yourself a writer of no mean repute. Wednesday saw the introduction of the Etisalat Prize for African literature in Lagos Nigeria. Yes, the Nigeria that beat our Harambee Stars at the football yesterday. This new prize from […]

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Caine Prize 2013 short list named; Nope, no Kenyans

The Caine Prize for African writing was announced yesterday and the list was quite surprising to say the very least; four Nigerians and 1 Sierra Leonian. No other nationality was named in what many consider one of Africa’s leading writing prizes. Kenyans have a pretty cool relationship with two Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor winning […]