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The Sunday Salon with Noviolet, Jennings and Yewande

The Sunday Salon. It came to us in 2008 as a new space Nairobians could enjoy listening to literature apart from the Kwani Open Mic which had become a bit crazy with the drinking in that gig going into the wee hours of the next morning. In that year, we had writers like Muthoni Garland, […]

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Nadifa Mohamed, Noviolet Bulawayo awarded by UK Society of Authors

The UK based Society of Authors this past Thursday announced its annual list of its membership to get part of their annual cash awards totalling UK£82,300 this year with some of our favourite authors landing on it. They include Nadifa Mohamed, Noviolet Bulawayo and Michela Wrong. Nadifa Mohamed is one of three winners of The […]

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A smashing Writivism 2014

The last week saw one of the biggest gatherings of African writers on this continent of ours for a long while as the Writivism Festival 2014 rolled into Kampala, Uganda. There were also writing master classes, panels, speeches and all variety of talks from Ellen Banda-Aaku, Samuel Kolawole, Zukiswa Wanner, literary agent David Godwin, Ella […]

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Miles Morland Foundation 2014 scholarships open

Remember a few months ago when Doreen Baingana, Percy Zvomuya and Tony Mochama won a writing scholarship few of us had heard about from the Miles Moreland Foundation? Well you’ll be please to know that the scholarship in question by the Miles Morland Foundation has opened it writers for this year’s edition. The Miles Morland […]

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Noviolet Bulawayo, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso for Nairobi

Noviolet Bulawayo, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso who were shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for African literature will be in Kenya next week. They will be here as part of their three city promotion tour that was one of their prizes that they went home with when they were shortlisted . For those who want […]

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Jennifer Makumbi wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 (Woosah!)

The overall winner for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is Ugandan writer Jennifer Makumbi. The East African was awarded her prize at a glittering ceremony on Friday evening in Kampala, Uganda by novelist and short story writer Romesh Gunesekera. The winning story is about a grieving widow who arrives at Entebbe Airport from Manchester […]

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Writivism Festival 2014: Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for Google Hangout

In the continuing tale of the Writivism Festival that will be rocking Kampala, Uganda next week lets give you another gig to look forward to; the African Authors Google Hangout with JamesMurua.com on Thursday 21st June. This time round the authors who will be chatting with us are; Nii Ayikwei Parkes – Author website and […]

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World record reading attempt on Day of the African Child

Storymoja Publishers in Kenya are famous for the Storymoja Hay Festival but are also part of a project to get books to kids called Start-A-Library. This Monday 16th June as part of the Day of the African Child celebrations they have organised a National Read Aloud Event which will feature thousands of children, educators, reading […]