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Storymoja Festival 2015: Blog numero deux

The last day of the Storymoja Festival 2015 was on Sunday. The Arboretum, like the name tells you, is a place dedicated to trees so on a typical weekend you will find a specific demographic there. It’s a special mix of lovers courting, joggers err… jogging and people doing picnics with religious organisations making it […]

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Storymoja Festival 2015: Blog numbero uno

The Storymoja festival was in high gear at its new venue the Nairobi Arboretum. The activities were mainly targeted at the younger Kenyan population to get them to understand the importance of reading. School children attended the festival from Wednesday to Friday and were wowed by Reading Ambassadors like Sauti Sol and Anto Neosoul. In […]

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Writivism 2016 Creative Writing Workshops Callout

A callout for the Writivism 2016 workshops to be held next year in five different African cities was announced at the Storymoja Festival on Friday 19th September 2015. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, if you think that you have got what it takes to hack it in the writing game then this is your chance. […]

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The Storymoja Festival 2015 is here!

The Storymoja Festival 2015 is here ladies and gentlemen! The hype and the tweets and the Facebook statuses and Instagram posts and the planning has culminated to one of the biggest cultural event in the region is upon us. The festival promises some of the best discussions with the book being at the centre of […]

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Third African Women Writers Symposium for Johannesburg

It seems like it’s all going down in the African literature calendar in September. Apart from the Open Books and the Storymojas, there are many other events that don’t have the same amount of interest but have personalities that we can’t ignore. Take for instance the 3rd African Women Writers that is set to happen […]

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The fisherman makes the Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist

The Fishermen a book by Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma and published by One/Pushkin Press has made the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize 2015. The Man Booker Prize is one of the richest in the world at US$50,000 with the winner being announced on 13th October. Some of the previous African winners of the […]

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Lauren Beukes and Mbali Vilakazi win South African Mbokodo Awards 2015

Lauren Beukes and Mbali Vilakazi were the big winners at this Friday’s Mbokodo Awards 2015 hosted at the Johannesburg City Hall. The Mbokodo awards are given to South African women who have done big things in the South African arts. The categories are quite a few and include Creative Writing, poetry, promotion of language and […]

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Images from the Mogadishu International Book Fair 2015

So the first ever Mogadishu International Book Fair happened in the Somalia capital from Aug 26-28 at the City Palace hotel. The festival stimulated the revival of all forms of art and human expression in Somali society will feature creative writing, story telling, poetry, oratory, drama, art and photography. Looking at the speakers who are […]

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Images from Esther Armah’s August gig

We have been covering the Writers Project of Ghana this year and August was no different. The featured writer was Esther Armah who has quite a resume where the arts is concerned. She also worked for 10 years as a print, radio and TV journalist with BBC in London and has been on BBC Focus […]