Abdulrazak Gurnah and José Eduardo Agualusa are some of the guests to feature at the Macondo Literary Festival 2022 running in Nairobi from September 30 – October 2, 2022.
The inaugural Macondo Literary Festival was hosted by the Macondo Book Society, founded by author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and journalist Anja Bengelstorff, in Nairobi in 2019. The festival name came from “Macondo,” the fictional place where magical things happen in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Aimed at initiating and encouraging the engagement of a wider public with literature and its creators as a means of societal growth it featured writers from Portuguese and English-speaking Africa, for conversations, debates, readings on African histories, and much more. Some of the featured guests were Ondjaki, Dina Salústio, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, Geovani Martins, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Peter Kimani, and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. Read our reporting of the event by clicking here.
The second edition of the festival, with the theme “The Future of Memories,” looks set to happen again this year at the Kenya National Theatre at the tail end of September after taking a two-year Covid-19 hiatus. The organisers have released further information about the festival on social media stating;
“Africa, are you ready? The Macondo Literary Festival’s 2ND Edition is here. “The Future of Memories” runs from Friday, 30th September, to Sunday, 2nd October, at the Kenya Cultural Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Some of Africa’s finest authors will be in town, including the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2021, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Angola’s José Eduardo Agualusa, Zimbabwe’s Petina Gappah and Cameroon’s Patrice Nganang, to mention but a few. Just like at the first festival in 2019, #MacondoLitFest will use the historical fiction about Africa written by the festival guests to engage with the audience on matters of identity, belonging and the continent’s future. We can’t wait to share our plans with you!”
If you are in Nairobi, you do NOT want to miss this.